developer: Obsidian Entertainment
publisher: Xbox Game Studios / Microsoft Studios
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-4
In Grounded, player characters are reduced to the size of ants and have to survive in the dangerous reality of American suburb's sleepy garden. Tasks that are simple for a man of standard dimensions become a real challenge for the heroes of the game. While playing, we are forced to collect resources, craft items and build a base using a variety of everyday objects.
During the game, we can choose between first- and third-person view. The world of the game is inhabited by both peaceful animals and aggressive creatures (e.g. spiders or ants), which hunt the players. We deal with our enemies using our own primitive weapons, such as spears and bows. We can also create armor and trampolines for fast travel through locations.
The game boasts extensive Artificial Intelligence modules that reproduce the behavior of animals. For example, ants function as colonies. After finding something interesting (e.g. us) ant scouts leave pheromones, which allow other ants to reach the same place or receive a warning against the players. Moreover, our development does not go unnoticed and our expansion will sooner or later bring the anger of the local fauna to us.
The fun is diversified by a technology tree. In it we slowly unlock better and better items, weapons and structures, which make it easier to deal with more and more serious threats. In addition to the typical sandbox gameplay, there are also many story missions.
The game offers solo mode as well as cooperation for up to four people.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 650 Ti or better, 8 GB HDD, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit