Grounded Reviews

Grounded is ranked in the 89th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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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90 / 100
Sep 26, 2022

Grounded is a delightfully creative and occasionally terrifying survival sandbox.

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Travis Northup
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2022

Grounded is a fantastic survival game with a killer premise, rewarding progression, and boundless creativity that even a host of bugs can’t spoil.

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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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TJ Denzer
Top Critic
9 / 10
Sep 26, 2022

Of all the survival games I’ve played, Grounded is easily one of the coolest. The very theme of it is fun and the execution is pretty on target too. Playing as micro-sized kids in a vast yard full of pests and threats is really interesting, the story keeps exploration intriguing, and the progression, whether alone or with friends, feels satisfying. I’m not fond of how hard it is on normal difficulty alone, or the lack of variety among nearly required gear, but it really gets all the more delightful with friends helping. Even then, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy Grounded solo, too. Between Creative Modes, multiple difficulties, and a nice set of accessibility options, Grounded feels like one of the strongest entries to the survival genre in a long time.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2022

Grounded has become, over the years, a real gem that has little to envy to what we expect from Avowed.

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IGN Middle East
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2022

Grounded is a fantastic survival game with a killer premise, rewarding progression, and boundless creativity that even a host of bugs can’t spoil.

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Sep 26, 2022

Grounded is a charming survival experience that mixes exploration, action, and crafting into one grand package. There are plenty of options for those wishing to get immersed in the world, and anyone willing to put up with the odd multiplayer requirements will surely get hours of enjoyment out of this game.

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90 / 100
Sep 28, 2022

Grounded provides a survival experience unlike any other within its genre. Carving out a place to survive within the tiny realm of the backyard is rewarding, and exploring the world from a new perspective is amusing. With the release of the full game, Grounded now feels like a complete experience worthy of its fans' expectations.

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Sep 26, 2022

Grounded concluded its early access tenure with one final update to pull everything together and add hours of fresh new content, resulting in one of the best games of 2022. Grounded is bound to inspire other titles in the survival genre for years to come.

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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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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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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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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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8.7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2022

Finally mature and complete, Grounded is a game that has a lot to offer and little to be forgiven for.

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87 / 100
Sep 26, 2022

Although it doesn’t reinvent survival game mechanics, Grounded’s setting goes a long way towards making the familiar seem new. The world is great fun to explore. It’s easy to lose yourself for hours in the game’s satisfying loops and creative environments. The narrative does a good job of giving you direction but not a rigid path, so you’re always free to take your time and enjoy. Slightly tepid combat and a few minor technical issues aside, Grounded is one of the most engaging survival crafting games I’ve played in quite a while.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2022

Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.

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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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85 / 100
Sep 26, 2022

Grounded is the perfect survival, building and role-playing game, with a good story and a miniature world full of life.

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85 / 100
Sep 26, 2022

Obsidian Entertainment has done it once again. Grounded is an extremely fun survival game that takes the best elements of the genre and presents them in a simple way, where the experience is much bigger than it seems

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