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The Survivalist is a feature column all about the biggest and best survival sandboxes; it is helmed by MJ Guthrie. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

The Survivalist: Conan Exiles’ Picts, pets, and pokey arrows

In a world where no game is perfect, I continue to be pleased with the progress Conan Exiles keeps making. I'm also happy...

The Survivalist: Will ARK Survival Evolved’s Conquest be PvP salvation or ultimately a clustercluck?

If you want to get into ARK: Survival Evolved's PvP scene, aren't willing to deal with the mega tribes and rampant cheating found...

The Survivalist: Can ROKH’s transparency help it survive?

Is it too late for ROKH? The Mars-based survival game has definitely been having a rough go of things for a while. And...

The Survivalist: A new dawn for Osiris New Dawn

Such is the circle of space life: As one survival sandbox shuts down development indefinitely, another powers up. I mentioned last week that...

The Survivalist: Which sci-fi crash site survival sandbox should you play?

Survival sandboxes have certainly come a long way in the last couple of years. Not only has the number of new genres exploded (as...

The Survivalist: Excited for ARK’s Extinction

I finally broke down and watched ARK: Survival Evolved's Extinction trailer. It's not that I didn't want to! On the contrary, I...

The Survivalist: Using Conan Exiles for a virtual tabletop campaign

So I've been thinking. (A dangerous pastime, I know!) And I have actually been formulating an idea. And that is using a survival game...

The Survivalist: Yes, ARK Survival Evolved actually does have a story

Survival -- or more? You might be surprised. When I first started playing ARK: Survival Evolved at the launch of its early access,...

The Survivalist: Eight ways to give Just Survive a fighting chance

Do you remember at the beginning of May when Just Survive was talking about "working on a plan to go forward"? I...

The Survivalist: How Aberration saved ARK

It's no secret that plenty of people have felt disappointed by Studio Wildcard, disillusioned by decisions and direction. I was among that crowd. It...

The Survivalist: The good, the bad, and the barbaric of Conan Exiles’ launch

If the survival genre is any indication, Early Access is a nigh indestructable beast! Time and time again we've seen where so many have...

The Survivalist: Seven survival games I want to love, but can’t… yet

Well that didn't take long! There are a plethora of survival sandboxes out there for fans to play (as you can see from...

The Survivalist: Four hopes for the future of ARK Survival Evolved

As we explored last week, game development isn't always an upward trajectory. Some things soar, and some things crash. Our last Survivalist conversation was...

The Survivalist: ARK Survival Evolved’s early early access vs. launch

When a game is being created, you usually expect that development to move the title in a positive direction and make it better, right?...

The Survivalist: A tale of two early accesses (and why Conan Exiles comes out on top)

It was the best of early access, it was the worst of early access. We needn't even stop there: It was the age of...

The Survivalist: ARK’s latest exploit highlights how cheaters ruin official servers

Let's talk exploits. And no, this is definitely not a how-to guide! For shame! If you are a person who exploits, a pox on...

The Survivalist: The downside of hosting custom servers for survival games (and why we don’t do it)

After the latest guide introduced even more possible games to sink our survival teeth into, it is understandable that the question cropped up again...

The Survivalist: Another year, another Survival Game guide

A new year, a new batch of survival games! Yes, the genre has become so popular that one guide, no not even

The Survivalist: ARK Survival Evolved’s sequel tease is an insult to its fans

You know that moment when you just can't take it anymore? I am there, right on the cusp. I know many folks have gotten...

The Survivalist: ARK Aberration has already been delayed, but here’s what to expect

Surprise! ARK: Aberration, the survival sandbox's next expansion that was slated to launch this month, is delayed. Shocking, I know. Actually, if any...

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