Summary: This is what the critics say about the launch of Grounded 1.0

Summary: This is what the critics say about the launch of Grounded 1.0
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Grounded 1.0

Obsidian’s backyard survival game Grounded is leaving Early Access this month after more than two years of Xbox Game Preview. Ahead of the 1.0 launch of the title tomorrow, September 27th, initial reviews of the final version have started to hit the web and it’s been very well received so far!

Here’s a look at some of Grounded 1.0’s early reviews:

The default settings are well-tuned, delivering a cavalcade of tense but surmountable adventures where death is more of a nuisance than the end. You can get your inventory back by finding your tomb, although your equipment will take some damage. But Grounded is flexible enough to generate all sorts of survival experiences. If you’d rather build and explore risk-free, you can take out all threats and roam freely without worrying about starving yourself or becoming spider feed. This, along with its myriad accessibility options, including an arachnophobia mode that turns spiders into amorphous blobs, makes it a game with very few barriers and a wealth of tools.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of survival games or fascinated by the fast-growing genre, Grounded is an excellent entry point that deserves your time and attention. Obsidian Entertainment’s 20-strong team developed this title with care and passion. It shows you exploring the backyard from a whole new perspective, one of a minor insect getting lost between blades of grass. The journey to make it big and go home is full of danger and adventure, and I can’t wait to start exploring again.

While it doesn’t reinvent survival mechanics, Grounded’s setting goes a long way in making the familiar feel new. Exploring the world is great fun. It’s easy to get lost in the game’s satisfying loops and creative environments for hours on end. The narration does a good job of giving you direction but not a rigid path, so you can always take your time and enjoy. Aside from some lukewarm combat and a few minor technical glitches, Grounded is one of the most compelling survival crafting games I’ve played in a long time.

At version 1.0, Grounded has so much to explore and enough hooks to justify the dozens of hours you could invest. Whether you’re an exploration-oriented gamer looking for landmarks and hidden treasures, or a castle builder with a vision, you should ideally take friends with you on the journey. Still, playing alone, it was hard for me to get away from Grounded even in the slowest moments. I wasn’t happy with my score at the end of the game, so I looked for secrets and kept going, improving my grade in the process. Even now, there are still more bugs to catalog and inevitably fix. Nothing personal!
While not known for survival games, Obsidian has turned out to be a great one.

Grounded isn’t the biggest game of its kind, and most of its moment-to-moment gameplay moments have been seen in other games before. Still, the fantastical setup makes for an instantly intriguing setup, and to further stylize it as a uniquely childlike adventure, polish it beyond most of its peers and set it in a world full of familiar sights to behold in startling new ways grounded is no small matter.

So the most promising feature of Grounded is that there’s always room to grow, but even if Obsidian decided to end it now, it could be so proud of what it’s accomplished here. This small game with a big heart is ultimately a successful experiment, and while the tension between its dual identities of role-playing game and survival-crafting leads to some noticeable points of tension, the marriage between the two remains a happy union overall.

Wow! So that’s pretty good reception so far, with most outlets seeming happy with where the game is at launch of 1.0. The 2022 version is currently sitting at 80 for Xbox Series X on Metacritic, with more reviews expected in the coming days.

Grounded 1.0 launches tomorrow, September 27th, and will be part of Xbox Game Pass.

What do you think of this launch? Enough changes here to dive back in? Let us know!

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