Azurephile gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Azurephile gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.

  • Recommended +1

  • New creatures, biomes, mechanics, and dangers
Aberration is the second DLC for Ark: Survival Evolved. When it comes to the game, each map is an Ark, basically a planet. When it comes to Aberration, you’re on an Ark that’s been corrupted. A lot of the new map is actually underground. Apparently the surface is an extremely hazardous place to be, although I haven’t been there yet.

There are some cool new creatures. One of the main things about Aberration is that there are no flying creatures. However, there is a creature called a Rock Drake that can climb, turn invisible, and glide. Although you can find Rock Drakes in some biomes, you’ll find their nests in their own trench, which is also an environmental hazard. Their taming method is similar to the Wyverns in Scorched Earth. In order to tame one, you have to find a nest with an egg in it, steal it, and hatch it.

Another interesting new creature is called a Karkinos, which looks like a giant spider crab. It has two pairs of pincers. You can attack with one set, either using the left claw, right claw, or both. You can also grab some creatures. This is good for transporting creatures around, but you can also throw creatures quite a distance. Karkinos are really good for getting around because they can jump really high and far.

Some creatures from the Island (default game map) are included in Aberration. However, unlike their default counterparts, they have patches of bio-luminescence, which makes them easier to see in the dark. Not all of them are on Aberration though, which makes kibble taming a bit more difficult.

There seems to be a few main biomes. One is like a forest, but many of the trees are actually large mushrooms, which provide fungal wood. This seems like the safest place, however there are still dangers. There are mushrooms in the game and if you accidentally step near one, your character will hallucinate and start drowning. It’s pretty, but it’s also deadly. That’s just the effects of one of the poisonous mushrooms.

There’s another biome that I love, it’s pretty much entirely blue. Unfortunately, this area is more dangerous because of the creatures that spawn in it. However, it contains a lot of metal nodes, which are almost always in dangerous areas. There’s also a purple biome that you can’t survive in without the Hazmat suit, a new armor set in the game. Unfortunately, creatures take damage there, too, although I believe some are immune. Then there’s the surface. Apparently it has lots of metal and oil, but is also an environmental hazard. There are also some really bad things that spawn there.

Getting around the map without a flying creature is definitely something to get used to. Since this map doesn’t have flying creatures, new mechanics have been introduced such as climbing hooks and zip lines. Climbing hooks enable players to climb, but it does decrease your stamina. If you stop, your stamina will recharge. They also have durability, so you’ll need to keep an eye on that so they don’t break while you’re trying to climb. To make a zip line, you shoot an anchor onto two different places with your crossbow. The line is then created, allowing you to have a ride down. If you want to go up one then you’ll need to equip a zip line motor attachment to your pants. There is also a gliding attachment for your chest piece. It’s fun to glide around and makes it easier to get around, although it will drain your stamina.

Aberration is tough to start out as a new character. Players have to get used to new mechanics and new dangers. A new map means you need to explore in order to find the resources you need to survive. It can be tough, but it’s also fun. Aberration looks beautiful, Studio Wildcard was really proud of this DLC and I can see why.

Now Studio Wildcard is working on a creature TLC pass in which some of the original creatures in the game are getting redesigned. The new previews look great. Other than that, we can definitely expect to see one more DLC for Ark. With the release of the game, they started selling a season pass, which is supposed to cover three DLC. I have no idea what Studio Wildcard will come up for the next DLC, but I’m sure it’s going to be pretty awesome.

Check out the TLC pass preview:

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/24/2017 at 11:26pm

So would you say Ark is your favorite game of all time at this point? It’s the one you’ve played the most of right? Not that playing a game the most means it’s your favorite but yeah, when I think of Ark I think of “that cool Dinosaur game Greg plays.”

Seems like it’s so popular they might just keep making DLC forever. Or maybe add a ton of cosmetics and go free to play at some point to get more players.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 12/25/2017 at 02:02am

I wouldn't say the one favorite of all time, but it's pretty high. Steam says I've played 2,505 hours of it. It's kind of hard to believe and I still love it. It's a bit like Minecraft in that you can craft and build bases. But, you also get to tame dinosaurs and explore an interesting map. I love that it's a bit of a PVP based game, but still allows me to do PVE on my own. Oh and of course I love how gorgeous the high quality graphics are and glad that I have a GPU that can handle it.

I'd love for them to keep making more DLC. I'm not sure what they'll do after they release the third, because it's supposed to be the last. It's supposed to tie up the lore of the game. It seems it will be the final confrontation with the one true end boss. Other than that I have no idea what they might do for the third. But yeah, I'd love to see more Ark DLC.

Thanks for the comment! I'm glad to be the one that you think of when it comes to Ark. I've been in love with this game for the last few years, ever since we last played Terraria together.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 12/27/2017 at 05:29pm

I would say anytime I see Ark, I think of Greg as well lol. It's definitely "Greg's game" in my mind :)

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 12/28/2017 at 12:50am

:) Ark has been life for me for the last few years. I've even watched a lot of YouTubers play it. I subscribed to some people because of it and I found new favorites of mine.

Maybe I've spent so much time w/ it because there's so much to do and a lot of things take time to do. I could run around an area for days looking for a high level wild creature to tame. Luckily the game's settings are extremely customizable and I'm able to do things much quicker than if I were playing on an official server (which I've done).

Anyway, thanks guys!

Travis   Admin wrote on 12/28/2017 at 06:08am


Holy wow

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 12/28/2017 at 07:25pm

2520 now and I promise you that number will grow even more! I wonder how many hours I'll have in after I'm done with the next DLC coming out.

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