Grounded review a potential new survival game, in which you will be able to meet the new world-your backyard and have to survive in it
Evaluation of an Early Access game is quite a strange thing because the game will certainly still have a lot of changes in the development process, but it has also been sold for gamers to enjoy. The quality of the game will definitely change, and I will have to redo a new review when the game officially launches.
Now Let’s go to Grounded review.
Become a tiny person
Announced by Microsoft at the X019 event late last year, Grounded made me quite excited by the new context: you play the role of a teenage boy/girl being turned into a tiny person and must try to survive. in your own garden. When the game opened Early Access on July 29, I purchased the game to experience the gameplay of this new game, and after spending several hours of testing, Grounded showed it has the potential to become a new phenomenon of the survival game genre.
Grounded’s gameplay is really familiar. Gamers will still have to perform activities such as gathering resources, making tools and clothes, building shelters, finding food/drink sources to satisfy the character’s needs, … The main difference here is that Obsidian has hit gamers’ childhood dreams by allowing them to turn into tiny people and explore familiar places from a new perspective, and face the Threaten that not seen before such as aphids, termites, flies and… spiders. It’s not a shocking idea, but certainly new enough to blow fresh air into the survival game genre that seems to have exploited every corner of the universe, from the icy polar regions to the Amazon jungle, from Immense space to the deep blue sea.
At the moment, the thing that I appreciate most in Grounded is the game’s visuals. When our protagonist is turned into a tiny person, the familiar garden area suddenly becomes a foreign world like an alien land, with tall grass shading the sun like an ancient, while The aphids or ants were seemingly harmless suddenly become scary predators. It gives a feeling of both familiar and unfamiliar and encourages me to continue wandering around this garden in search of unfamiliar things that we normally cannot detect when looking down from above.
Survival – easy but hard as the same time
In order not to become prey for spiders or turn into nutrients for the ant’s nest, gamers will have to use their intelligence to build a safe place. This can be done very easily but with great difficulty. Easy is because gamers always know what to do after going through so many different survival games, and the difficulty is because the game gives you some new features that require a little time to get familiar with, but quite lacking in suggestions to help you get used to more quickly. The item “analyze” feature to unlock crafting recipes is an example of this lack of hint.
The hardship also comes from the player need to work hard in Grounded. Unlike Minecraft where gamers can take advantage of the gameplay mechanics to create factories that produce tens of thousands of resources per hour, Grounded forces you to do everything by hand (at least for the time being). You need to do everything yourself, so whether it’s a pleasure to see the house, the highway or the finished wall, finding the ingredients for them is a pretty mess, especially when you still have to constantly fight the lice that keep jumping on you like Headcrab in Half-Life.
When it comes to combat, Grounded is not a popular RPG, so there is no room for complicated skills or fancy magic – you can just carry hammers, pestles, and sticks to smash bugs in the fields Or shoot them from a distance with spikes. Therefore, this fight proved quite challenging – the soldier ants or the lice was one thing, the seemingly harmless ladybugs or stink bugs turned into very formidable opponents. Having a teammate will make these matches a little easier and more fun, but in general Grounded’s battle is just difficult, not interesting, the general weakness of the survival genre.
That is not to mention the spiders – the animal can be considered the “final boss” of the current game. They roam a lot around the area where I have chosen to build a house and harvest oak seeds. They can also eat hundreds of arrows made from spikes, which makes sense but is not interesting because it turns the game into an unattractive version of the raid boss.
The character’s bag limit is also an issue that cannot be ignored. I really hate the bag features, such as Borderlands or Minecraft (when Shulker Box was not there), and Grounded also had this problem. The game only allows gamers to carry 30 items in person, and with a survival game with nearly a dozen types of tools, several dozen types of resources, and tons of materials, this number is very confusing and is what the most annoying with me.
After introducing Grounded at X019, developer Obisidian also said that the game will feature RPG elements, memorable characters, and a compelling story alongside the familiar survival gameplay. Since having tried Fallout: New Vegas as well as The Outer World, I am excitedly waiting to see how Obisidian will deliver on that promise in a survival game, a genre that focuses on freedom in gameplay rather than predetermined episodes.
Besides, although the basic gameplay features are quite complete, the game does not have enough goals to make gamers stick with the game for a long time. Unlike Minecraft or Terraria with an almost endless vast world, Grounded’s garden is quite small and gamers can easily explore every corner after just a few hours. I am a gamer who just likes to build so this is not a big deal, but for those looking for an adventurous experience, Grounded is temporarily not a game worth buying.
Overall, at the moment Grounded is not a bad game, it has a solid gameplay platform, runs smoothly, and doesn’t have serious technical problems like Horizon Zero Dawn. However, due to just opening Early Access, Grounded reviewers do not have enough content to give those who like the story an interesting experience in the long term, even if you only need a new game. Grounded is very good for construction, exploitation, and cultivation. If you have patience, please wait until Grounded is completed or at least have more content than currently available before swiping the game card.
Should you buy it or not? As I just said above, the game does not have enough plot content to satisfy gamers looking for an RPG experience and will certainly not be the same as Fallout New Vegas. If you buy the Obsidian game because of the story, wait until Avowed is released, if you want to play a survival game, buy Grounded because the price of the game will go higher in the future.
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