So, you’ve just woken up on the shores of a deadly dinosaur-infested island; everyone is trying to kill you (or randomly offer you berries), and you don’t know what to do next. Don’t worry! We’re here to help! This small collection of internet pages will guide you from the preliminary stages of your prehistoric survival adventure in ARK: Survival Evolved right through to the, well, point where most of your deaths won’t usually be your own fault.
ARK: Survival Evolved has a lot of great things going for it but, let’s be honest, all you probably really want is a dinosaur of your own. And yes, stomping around, terrorising people on a T. rex is brilliant fun – but, crucially, every creature on the island serves a multitude of practical purposes.
One of the most productive things you can do early on in ARK: Survival Evolved is familiarise yourself with your surroundings. By learning the lay of the land, you’ll dramatically reduce your chances of getting lost (which can be one of the most frustrating occurrences early on in the game) and be far less likely to stumble unprepared into one of the island’s distinct biomes, each of which has its own weather quirks, environmental features, resources and wildlife.
Once you’ve made it through your first few minutes on the island without dying (congrats!), you’ll want to consider building a base. A well-designed base will protect you from the elements, keep your gathered resources and supplies secure, provide a place to keep your crafting, cooking and farming equipment, and – most importantly – protect you and your creatures from the island’s hostile forces.
Whenever you log out of ARK: Survival Evolved’s servers, your body remains exactly where you left it, susceptible to attack from predators and, if you’re on a PvP server, other players. As such, a secure base is an absolute must if you don’t want to log back on to discover that you’ve become a glum-faced corpse, stripped of your hard-earned spoils.
If you plan to make a go of it on ARK: Survival Evolved’s island, and hope to stay alive for more than a few minutes at a time, you’ll need to get your hands dirty. Specifically, you’ll want to delve into ARK’s crafting and cooking systems, gathering resources and combining them to assemble essential tools, weapons, clothing, shelter and, of course, delicious, nourishing food. There’s a lot to take on board when it comes to cooking and crafting, however, so here are the basics to get you moving in the right direction.
The first trailer for “Shadow Moses,” a fan-made remake of the 1998 original Metal Gear Solid using the Unreal Engine 4, has been released, while its developer has admitted Konami may close it down. The video looks nice, but note that it’s a work-in-progress. Take a look at the video below (via Eurogamer).
The game’s creator, Airam Hernandez, explains in the video’s description that this is a completely unofficial remake of Metal Gear Solid. Rights-owner Konami has no involvement, and as such, this project may not be long for this world. Airam acknowledged this.
“We just need to clarify something: Konami owns the MGS copyright and therefore sooner or later we will need their full permission. We have therefore chosen to openly share this project from the beginning so that we can deal with any issues that may arise as they come,” Hernandez wrote (via Eurogamer). “We believe this is better than putting years of work into a project only to get it shut down.”
Comments on the YouTube video have been shut off “because the 80% of the comments were C&D related,” Hernandez said.
Shadow Moses is the name of an island featured in the original Metal Gear Solid. You can learn more about the development of Shadow Moses, which has apparently been in development since October 2015, on the game’s Facebook page (via Hardcore Gamer).
We’ll have more details on the status of Shadow Moses’ development as they become available.