I purchased ARK: Survival Evolved in the Monthly Humble Bundle. A friend convinced me to buy it. He was playing it already with another friend and I thought it was hilarious how they always were chatting on TeamSpeak as if they were married.
Don’t play ARK by yourself: play with friends or join a tribe.
This game is pretty insane. You start out with nothing and you end up building huge houses with your own little dinopark. It’s pretty fun to play with friends. If you have a tribe, you get shared exp if you craft or gather near each other.
ARK is probably a game you either hate or love, because it requires frequent playing and it can be pretty frustrating when you die. And you’ll die a lot: from starvation, drowning, thirst, dinosaurs, snakes, but even flies can wreck you. You’ll lose your stuff if you die, so be careful! You can try to find your body/bag again, but it will disappear after thirty minutes. However, I feel this is part of the game; it would be pretty boring otherwise. Except, when I kept dying in a high-level area with my basic, yet important materials, I was getting pretty fed up haha. Eventually we settled in a new area and I tamed a turtle (called him Spike).
I advise to ignore the Wiki as you level, because figuring things out yourself is pretty fun. However, if you’re playing for the late game, it’s best to google your way to max level.
So, find a good server and play! 🙂