Grounded Reviews

Grounded is ranked in the 89th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10.0
May 6, 2024

Grounded is a survival game with solid systems that encourage exploration and creativity. However, what really deserves a highlight in this work is its effort to give the player the tools to have fun their own way. The only issue is the multiplayer limited only to friends who already own the game, making it unfeasible for many players.

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9 / 10.0
May 2, 2024

If you have a PS5 and have always been curious by Grounded when it was shoehorned to Xbox/PC exclusivity, you'll find Grounded: Fully Yoked Edition to be a fantastic surprise. There's a lovely and expressive attitude and plenty of meat on its crafting and survival bones.

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95 / 100
Apr 29, 2024

With stunning settings and an intriguing story centered around cowering teenagers searching for answers, Grounded mixes adventure, survival, and base-building. While facing a variety of enemies and challenges, players can explore the world solo or with up to three friends in multiplayer. However, the lack of clarity about the next steps of the story and the need for complex items can be challenging for some players, although fun is guaranteed, especially in multiplayer mode.

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82 / 100
Apr 27, 2024

Making its way to PS5 and Switch, it’s only a little disappointing that Grounded didn’t bring along a lot of new content, though it does include all updates, new ant queens, and a new game+ mode. Grounded is still an excellent and unique survival game. Its big-world crafting RPG mechanics scale down to miniature size quite well and there are a ton of ways to make the game your own. Like their PC and Xbox counterparts, Sony and Nintendo fans of the survival/crafting genre will not be disappointed by Grounded.

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8 / 10
Apr 23, 2024

Grounded is the perfect survival game to jump into with friends. It tests you constantly, but isn't too hard to the point that you want to turn it off. Now that the game has come to PlayStation in addition to other platforms, it's more approachable than ever and a high recommendation for anyone looking for a different kind of experience than the usual.

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6 / 10
Apr 22, 2024

Grounded is a fantastic survival game, a colourful, unique, and original slice of joyful adventuring that everyone should play if they have the opportunity. It nails the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids vibe, its core gameplay loops are moreish, and its setting and enemies are often breathtaking in how they reframe the mundane. However, and as usual for these big efforts on Switch, this port has plenty of issues. They've had to tank the visuals, the all-important online co-op is flaky, the frame rate is fine until you start going big on bases - just all the stuff we've come to expect at this stage, really. If you can handle the issues, or if Switch is your only way to play, this game can still deliver the goods and the quality shines through. However, if you have another way to play it, we'd definitely recommend you do that instead.

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77 / 100
Apr 20, 2024

A remarkable port of the hit survival game that we already enjoyed on Xbox and PC. It prioritizes performance over resolution (and it's very noticeable), allowing the massive garden to be brought to the Switch's circuitry. Its desktop performance is disappointing, but if you're looking to play it on a laptop, it's a good option.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 18, 2024

Grounded on the Nintendo Switch sacrifices a bit of visual fidelity for a really solid port of an incredibly quirky survival game.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2022

Ultimately, how much you enjoy Grounded is going to depend on how you play and if you choose to enable any of the customization options. In the default state, if you're looking to adventure through the story, you'll have a fun time, but Grounded is at its best when played as a survival sim. Focus on exploring the world, and let the story happen in the background. It may be a slower pace, but it's also more rewarding.

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Lee Mehr
Top Critic
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2022

Grounded's quirky concept and adventurous personality will win over survival genre fans, but certain design and launch-window issues shrink my enthusiasm.

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Oct 17, 2022

Grounded is an unusual take on the survival/crafting genre, with a clever premise and a decent sense of style. Tedious gameplay drags the experience down, though.

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Chris Wray
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2022

Grounded is undoubtedly one of the best survival games around. While it falls into some of the same traps, getting very grindy and gatekeeping progression while not signposting as well as it should do, there's little doubt that it's a very engaging game. Where many games will give you a world to play around in, Grounded places you in a living, breathing world and has you engage with every element in interesting ways.

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4.5 / 5.0
Oct 12, 2022

Much like the protagonists, Grounded sees Obsidian heading into new brand new territory that's still familiar in some ways, and their expedition ends up paying off big-time.

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Oct 11, 2022

The full release of Grounded is impressive due to its polish, attention to detail, and unique, compelling premise and world, but is still in need of some work to reach its full potential as a giant of the survival genre. It is staggering to see where Grounded started and how far it has come to reach version 1.0, and it is easy to get immersed in this familiar but new world. Grounded should, if nothing else, serve as the example for future game accessibility functions. Grounded is one of the more sophisticated and unique co-op survival games available today, and both veteran survival gamers and newcomers to the genre can find a lot to enjoy about its gameplay and style, especially if they've ever dreamed of exploring the world while the size of a bug.

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80 / 100
Oct 10, 2022

The tiny backyard world in Grounded is a joy to explore, full of danger and wonder. It offers great value, despite a slow progression system and a drawn-out main quest line.

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7 / 10
Oct 5, 2022

Grounded indeed doesn't bring anything new to the table, except for its creative concept, which is original and well thought out. The mediocre story complements the otherwise challenging grind and makes it far more bearable than we would forgive another game. Fortunately, if you play Grounded in multiplayer - you'll have a great time.

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M3
Top Critic
Oct 3, 2022

Grounded is a cozy and scary game at the same time. One moment we explore the exciting world and gather material for our base in peace and quiet, and the next we panic when a huge bloodthirsty spider wants to sink its teeth into us.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2022

It's fantastical, cartoonish, and realistic in equal measure, with a sense of fun and even dread, expressed through impressive art direction and a moody synth-driven soundtrack.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2022

Obsidian has done a good job at all levels - universe, exploration, combat, construction, survival - for this beautiful and original survival title, a little more balancing and it will be perfect.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2022

Grounded provides some great survival mechanics and challenging combat in a rather novel environment with an intriguing plotline. The game can be very tough but also very rewarding. However, it can take a while to really get the game going with the analysis mechanic and the lack of explanation revolving around many other ludemes.

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