Have you ever seen, “Honey, I shrunk the kids”? Have you ever wondered what it would be like if it happened to you? Well, now you can. With Obsidian Entertainment’s new game, Grounded, you are dropped in your backyard and must find your way out. Grounded just came out of early access and is ready for you to explore the backyard.
Grounded is a beautiful game pushing the limits of your console. You will feel like you are as tall as a ladybug. Exploring the backyard will be as much fun as advancing in the game. The textures are so realistic it’s hard not to get lost in the environment. Once you become accustomed to the beauty of this game, you realize the game is fun to play as well; and is trying hard to kill you.
Bring your friends to Grounded
Grounded is best played in multiplayer. With the introduction to shared worlds, you and your friends can play whenever you want. Anyone can start a game, and everyone that joins can play whenever they want. You don’t have to wait for the host to be online. So if you want to jump online and build a new house, you can while your friends are away. You can play with a maximum of 4 people per game.
I have been playing this game single-player, which is quite a bit harder to advance by yourself. Having friends will make the experience more enjoyable. Adjusting the difficulty can make the single-player more bearable.
Everything wants to kill you in the backyard, from wasps to spiders to ants. There is a plethora of insects looking for their next meal. Your job is to avoid that. Combat is dominant in the game; you will need to armor up as quickly as possible. Weapons will be essential in getting around the backyard.
Having a sturdy home is also crucial. Insects will even try to destroy your home, so walls and turrets are recommended. Having friends online makes base defense much easier and more fun.
Base Building is amazing in Grounded
The base building is so much fun in Grounded. Build your base out of grass or wood, and build as high as you want. You aren’t limited to where you can create either. So having multiple bases spread throughout the yard with zip lines running between them makes getting around the yard much more accessible. Having numerous bases allows for quick storage of your resources. Having beds spread across the world also makes saving and sleeping easier.
Building turret towers also make zip lines easier to build between your bases. You can start with grass and stem shelters and eventually work your way up to stone structures. This will make deterring enemies much more effortless.
There are currently 15 different biomes in the game to explore. So you won’t have to worry about getting bored with repetitive scenery. Having bases in or around most of the biomes makes missions easier to get to. I like to build a main base on the rocks next to the pond and branch out with smaller bases around the yard. It’s a nice flat area close to the center of the yard.
Each biome has unique challenges. Fall into the water of the pond? The koi will eat you. Try to run through the grasslands? Spiders and mosquitoes will try to eat you. Once you get into the sandbox, the sand will burn you. The coals from the spilled BBQ grill will also burn you.
If you love this game, be sure to check out Satisfactory.
This should be in your steam library if you like open-world or base-building games. You will have a hard time finding a more beautiful game out there right now. Grounded 1.0 hit in September, but the developers are still actively working on the game. So expect bug fixes and more minor features in the future—possibly a DLC or two.
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7 (SP1) 64bit
Processor: Intel Core i3-3225
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti
Storage: 8 GB available space
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