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Review: First thoughts – Grounded Video Game Preview

I play video games. I believe they are more than just fun – they are an integral part of our journey as humans into the technological landscape ( I could go on about this, but that is for another post ). I have an Xbox Ultimate subscription ( which includes Game Pass ). Just released on the 28th of July, 2020 is a game preview called Grounded.

I spent about 2 hours playing this game last night and it was fun.

The world is a vast, beautiful, and dangerous place – especially when you have been shrunken to the size of an ant. Explore, build, and survive together in this cooperative survival-adventure. Can you thrive alongside the hordes of giant insects, fighting to survive the perils of the backyard? Join our community and help shape the future of Grounded in Xbox Game Preview.

Summary from the Xbox game page

This being a game preview I expected some issues, but from what I saw they were very minor, the worst one being a surprise enemy being hidden behind a door, except his antennae weren’t clipping the door and showing through on my side, so not much of a surprise there.

Overall I liked the intuitive menu system and crafting to get started in the game which included me crafting simple items like an axe to cut down grass and clovers to build a shelter to sleep in at night. Torches are essential when navigating caves. I ended my play session in a hidden underground lab in the front yard which was a nice aspect so I really feel like the developers of the game put some good thought into the different aspects and features of the story. You can play coop mode, which I didn’t test, but seems like it would be really fun.

What games have you been playing lately? Let us know in the comments.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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