ARK: Aberration DLC Review
| Dec 19, 2017 | By: FEARIUN
ARK: Aberration is the latest paid DLC released by Studio Wildcard for the ARK: Survival Evolved game. If you’re accustomed with the original game, you basically know what to expect. This is a very intense game with lots of places to explore and new creatures are added all the time. The focus is simple, here you are placed on a damaged ARK. The internal atmosphere in that ARK was leaked away.
What that means is you are dealing with a very harsh surface and the radiation is extremely intense here. That doesn’t mean you are unable to find some biomes, but these are located mostly undergrounds. The creatures and hazards are very interesting, and the new location does bring tons of unique challenges.
A great, unknown world for you to explore
Maybe the most problematic thing for a lot of people is that there are a lot of genetic mutations. That enhances the creatures you already know in some very interesting and downright amazing ways. Some of these can climb walls, others will just go in the air and so on. It’s safe to say that most of these creatures are very powerful and that’s maybe what makes the creatures so interesting and powerful to begin with.
dominate the environment. You need to protect yourself with some hazmat outfits at first, and you also need to acquire batteries, explosive rounds and so on. You can even add fortifications to your home if you so desire, and you do all of that with help from the new cliff structures to begin with.
ARK: Aberration also has a major boss, a massive creature named Rockwell. That’s definitely the endgame, because reaching the deepest depths of that location is incredibly tricky, yet it can be done and it’s also really intense all the time.
Some amazing new opportunities
The most challenging thing about this game is actually its beginning. And the same thing happens in the case of this DLC. There are multiple spawn locations, and the worst part is that it will be extremely demanding and challenging for you to find a good place where you can live and start growing your character.
After playing the ARK: Aberration DLC, I can safely say that taking your current character here is a much better idea than starting fresh. And there’s a reason behind that. If you start fresh, you will end up dealing with a lot more challenge and the game gets increasingly harder.
You can expect some issues
Let’s face it, most of the original game had some issues at first, the first DLC did come with its fair share of problems too, so the ARK: Aberration DLC is obviously continuing this tradition. Maybe the major problem here for a lot of people is that you deal with too many crashes. It’s gotten better since the release date, but it’s still not in a perfect form. But if you think about the early days of ARK and its early access period, this is still much better. Do keep in mind that it’s not perfect though, so you should ease into your expectations.
I believe, because it could have been nice to have a tamed seeker. It’s definitely not a huge downside, but some people will definitely be sad to see this.
Also, I have some bad news for the MOD users too. There are some mods that will crash under the new DLC. Keep in mind that the DLC just released recently, so new versions are most likely optimized and released for the game as we speak.
This is a very good survival game
Even if you have some downsides, the reality is that ARK: Aberration is pretty much successful in what it sets out to do. What I like the most about this game is that the map feels massive and it does cover a plethora of locations. I also like the fact that they added 14 new creatures and each one of them actually has some really interesting animations.
The lore is better than ever. They did a very good job at expanding the game lore and there’s always something new to find in ARK: Aberration. The performance is improved when it comes to the previous DLC too, but not without its issues, which we talked about earlier.
Climbing picks are added here, and they are actually very handy and funny to use. The bulbdog makes it really easy to find the high level creatures, and that’s really helpful too. I also liked the music and sound design in the DLC. It successfully expands from the original game and it also comes with its own unique set of themes.
Overall, I believe that ARK: Aberration does a very good job at bringing you fun, excitement and plenty of value as a whole. It’s a really cool game to be honest, and the new DLC actually offers plenty of stuff to do. It can be a bit pricey for some people, but as a whole the package is well worth the asking price. That’s especially true if you always liked playing ARK and you want to have some new content. You can expect more and more fixes to come soon, but even in its current state ARK: Aberration is a fun experience for most players!