The leading pay to play MMO versus the top buy to play survival sandbox game.

The Match-Up

The fourth match of the first round pits a leader in a genre that has seen better days against a leader in a genre that is still growing with new entries. In a way, sandbox games resemble MMORPGs 10 years ago and Ark resembles WoW’s position at the top. However, the business models are very different since MMORPGs started out with monthly fees while their younger cousins are mostly all early access and buy to play with no monthly fees. Another gaping difference between the two games hinges on accessibility. Where World of Warcraft was readily available to the masses and their PCs, it takes a massive new computer to just to play Ark. In fact, that is what ultimately puts WoW over Ark for this year anyway. When more computers can handle Ark, I think it will have a chance to make it to the finals in a future Showdown tournament.

Tale of the Tape

World of Warcraft


Pay to play.
Millions of paying subscribers.
Successful for many years.
Very accessible on all computers.
Has a dedicated forum on
One of the most popular games on Twitch.
Several successful expansions.
Is not on Steam.
One of the few pay MMORPGs left.


Ark Survival Evolved


$29.99 on Steam.
One of the most popular games on Steam.
One of the most popular games on Twitch.
Focuses on competition for players.
High requirements are one of the few limiting factors of the game’s potential.
Great for mods.

Select Comments For World of Warcraft

Rating: 10
Author: axwellshm
Comment: So this time I will review the game I played since Warcraft III. Blizzard entertainment that created this game really know how to schedule whole lore through the all expansion.

Starting of with Warcraft III, which is the only reason why WoW as we know him today exists. It was only the mask for the Wrath of the Lich King in expansion. Whole campaign has everything based on Lich King’s lore and every character that helped (tried to stop him) are there , in Wrath of the Lich King.

Vanilla – Nothing else but introduction to the game, characters, classes, Alliance & Horde. Was really good start, but it was also really buggy since they went from “MOBA” game to MMORPG.

Burning Crusade – Lore was great designed as well as the whole Outland that was represented in whole expansion. Illidan was managed to get to the top of the Outland , and he was once a great Night Elf. Also attack on ancient tree (which is only known on trailer) but in game as battle for mount hyjal is also one thing that lead Demons to defeat. But they were always arrogant and till this day, they are battling to pass in the blasted lands through dark portal.

Cataclysm – I think this was a whole turnover in a gameplay. PvP wasn’t really interesting since everyone wanted to try to kill Deathwing which is a great raid (great designed) and there I think you could visit Deepholm for the first time.

Mists of Pandaria – New continent, new character. Panda’s kinda brought harmony in the game. They are very good designed, and they are represent in game as a calm and really good people, but the Sha invaded them because of Garrosh.

Draenor – Nothing else but really getting known to the all Horde bosses that fought against Dranei’s before drinking the blood of mannoroth.

So characters are: Taurens, Orc, Undeads, Trolls, Goblins, Humans, Dwarfs, Night Elfs, Worgens, Gnomes, Draenei and for the end Pandarens.

Classes : Hunter, Warrior, Priest, Mage, Warlock, Shaman, Death Knight , Paladin, Monk.

I really like the game cause it’s open world after all. You can explore everything , have some mounts, pets. It’s great! Dungeons and Raids are well scripted, but some of them need improvements for sure. For example Gnomeregan. I hate that dungeon you just jump kill trash and thats it. But in overall they are good.

There are PvP – which stands for Player vs Player & PvE – which stands for player vs envoirement. Currently im PVE based because PvP is kinda unbalanced, but i hope they will fix it.

I’m also trying to keep members of Game Ogre posted with latest news about world of warcraft, since I am moderator, and I wouldn’t be if i don’t like this game, right?! 🙂

I just love this game, and you should too. It’s maybe about the tastes that you don’t like it. But if you starting watching some trailers, or watching some lore about the game, and once you start it, you won’t regret. I promise! So my rate is 10/10 for the best MMORPG game i have played in past few years.

Rating: 3
Author: Vikeadyn
Comment: With the exception of a Development Team, Taking all the User friendly Interfaces out of all the games that where out at the time when WoW went BETA, and combining all that friendly UI into one MMORPG.

WoW is all about who has better gear, and grinding instances, and reputation. People buy their way through the game now adays with Real Life cash for game gold. Or they beg some higher level to power level them. So they do not have to work for anything.

People used to be proud of that 1 Epic piece they earned through regular game play, once upon a time. Now it is all about the Pretiest gear, and rushing to level caps as fast as possible, and buying the best mount, weapons, gear, etc.

WoW is now full of wallet warriors, and players will sit idle hours on end in any major city, to show everybody what they paid for with real life cash but will not admit it, spam the chat channels with insults and immature stuff. While spending their time in just the Auction House, buying and reselling items all day, and night long. I know people that just log into WoW to stick lots of stuff up for Auction, and log out for the day, thats all they do.

It is their sub, they can do what they want with it, but the whole concept of MMORPG’s goes at the window, and WoW turned into a chat room and not a game.

You will get addicticted to it easily, but I would recommend getting addicted to a better game, other then WoW, There are a lot of new games out now, the blow WoW out of the water, F2P, and P2P.

Rating: 8
Author: wizzygeek
Comment: World of Warcraft is a fantastic MMORPG! Anyone who says otherwise is a retard. However, even a fantastic game like this has flaws. One of them is really simple: THE PLAYERS! On my realm (Nagrand, Oceanic), there are so many retards floating around ready to call you a “n00b” if you have been playing longer than they have, and have better gear than they have. There is no way to stop these idiots, but the game should revert to TBC or Vanilla, where people have to work hard for their gold, gear and ranking! The other problem is the way the game is so easy now. Anyone could do a dungeon with the RDF, which makes NO SENSE lore-wise. Doing PVP without visiting Warsong Gulch, just using the Battleground Finder… What the heck! Now, casual players should have these features on a casual realm, but hardcore players like me that doesn’t see how this fits, should have a Veteran realm or something! But, there are more positives than negatives. WoW has really good balances classes for PVP, PVE or RP (the gear… looks… AWESOME!). Noobs cannot beat pros because of their class… The one with more skill wins. The world (of warcraft) is really, really, really, REALLY BIG! Northrend, Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland, Maelstrom, etc, etc.

Select Comments for Ark Survival Evolved

Survival game that involves dinosaurs.But not only that you can also tame dinosaurs and they become your pets :)Other than that lot of crafting involved.Graphics could be better.

Survival game with Dinosaurs with good graphics and intense gameplay….Highly recommend this game it’s very funny

The Showdown

Cheaper to Play = Ark: Survival Evolved

Better Multiplayer = World of Warcraft

More Popular = World of Warcraft

Better User Created Content = Ark: Survival Evolved

Better for Livestreams/Videos = World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft received a total score of 3
Ark Survival Evolved received a total score of 2

The Result

World of Warcraft Wins!


  1. For me wow is much better mmorpg video game.Actually I have played Ark Survival evolved once and that was boring for me,for me wow is best mmorpg game and one of my best PvP games

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  2. I think I’d go with WoW here as well. I haven’t played either very much to be honest, I sorta enjoyed what I played of WoW but I got in way to late. ArK I haven’t played it all so can’t really say much on it. I think WoW offers more so I’d go with that.

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    • Now that I’ve played Ark a bit I have to say it’s pretty good. I don’t think it beats WoW yet though, it’s still in development and need quite a bit worked out. I will say it’s one of the closest a non voxel game has gotten to Minecraft imo. Really enjoy it.

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  3. I played WoW so long and i like it, i know ark from what i saw from videos and stillm for me WoW is much better, i like how story of game progress and basic things (like leveling and gameplay) stay same.

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  4. As someone who has played Wow and Ark extensively (Wow, from vanilla to panda land, Ark for hours ) I don’t understand how you can compare an established game to a game still in beta. All your points are fair I don’t dabate them. YOu did skip over the point that Ark is a building game therefore there is immense creativity, with WoW the only creativity you have is with your outfits.
    As far as streaming goes, yes there is a bigger fan base for World of Warcraft but there’s also more creators with less original content to show. As to the World of Warcraft Community there are definitely more wallet Heroes and trolls then there are in Ark.

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  5. i think WoW is pretty better even though i didnt play both of this game… but based on what i have heard and saw about this 2 games.. i would choose WoW… coz they says AQ3D was like WoW too… xD ..:P

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  6. I like Ark Survival Evolved just for a change of pace, and I rally like dinosaur survivals hehehe I’ve been playing MMORPGS only that I think I’m getting of tired of it. 🙂

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