NFG Summary:Shadowgrounds is a thrilling sci-fi adventure that seamlessly combines classic gameplay with cutting-edge technology. With its top-down perspective and strategic weapon upgrades, players have the opportunity to engage in intense battles against alien foes, resulting in a satisfyingly destructive experience. Get ready for an epic carnage festival unlike any other.

NFG Score: 95

Categories: Third, Person, Shooter
Meta Score: 74
Store: Shadowgrounds (Price: $ 2,63)
User Score: 64.0
Platform: PC
Publisher Names: Meridian4
Support Language: English*
*languages with full audio support
Publish Date: 2006-04-25


PC Requirements:

Minimum: 1.3 GHZ or Equivalent, 384 MB RAM, GeForce 4 Ti 4200* or ATi Radeon 9000 or better, 1 GB free hard drive space, Windows 2000/XP
Recommended: 2.0 GHz, 512 MB RAM, GeForce FX 5900 Ultra or ATi Radeon 9500 Pro or better
* Please note that Shadowgrounds does not run on GeForce 4 MX cards.


Shadowgrounds is an epic sci-fi game that blends addictive old school gameplay and modern technology into one big, nasty alien-battling carnage festival. The game is played from a top-down perspective that gives gamers a better view of the battlefield and allows tactical use of weapons – new tactics become useful as their arsenal is upgraded to even more destructive weapons. [Meridian4]

Positive Comment(s)

Excellet budget-priced action game. Looks good, plays well and sounds awesome. [Dec 2005]90Pelit (Finland)
With strong gameplay, outstanding design, and intense action, the game definitely fills the void left in many players by the somewhat-disappointing “Doom 3.”90Worth Playing
While Shadowgrounds might not win any big awards for originality, the nonstop action absolutely gets the adrenaline pumping throughout as it offers up a planet’s worth of beasties to blow away.90AceGamez
A louder, meaner, faster futuristic version of “Gauntlet.”83BonusStage
Even with its limited replay appeal and some lackluster voice acting, at $24.99, Shadowgrounds delivers a noteworthy value-to-fun ratio. [Aug 2006, p.35]81PC Gamer
I have not felt so freed from the artificial complexities of modern releases — and so nicely transported back to the pure joy of the old days — for a long time.80Adrenaline Vault
Shadowgrounds is a great game that is very fun to play and nice to look at. Players looking for a cheap action packed game or some nostalgia would be well advised to give Shadowgrounds a try.80PC Gameworld
It may be unoriginal, but it’s got the atmosphere. [May 2006, p.90]79PC Format
Very good game. I enjoyed playing this game a lot. I strongly recommend this.80apokalipto

Negative Comment(s)

The experience just isn’t deep enough to sit down for as long as the game’s mechanics require you to, nor is its story especially well-told.75IGN
If I had to describe in one word the high point of this game, it would be Atmosphere. This game has it by the mega tonne.72GameWatcher
Shadowgrounds is a pretty solid game if you treat it as what it is, a game where you collect and upgrade weapons, and use them to blow away aliens.71Gamer’s Hell
While Shadowgrounds doesn’t do much that’s new, within its restrictive confines it’s engaging and competent. Gaming lite, but still a nice snack. [June 2006, p.85]70PC Gamer UK
I have no desire to punish myself repeatedly trying to beat a game. On the other hand, if you do crave that kind of challenge, I cannot think of a game better suited to deliver than Shadowgrounds.70FiringSquad
This game is fun, but flawed and it makes no effort to stand out on it’s own or to do anything innovative.70Deeko
Despite a name that sounds like a new blend at Starbucks, there’s a lot to like about Shadowgrounds. [Oct. 2006, p.70]70Computer Games Magazine
It’s like Doom 3 done top-down in Shadowgrounds, a shooter with an old school sensibility but not much in the way of captivating gameplay.69GameSpot
Given the game’s low price point and the extras that Meridan4 has released in support of the game like the level editor, there’s no reason not to pick this game up.67GameShark
A refreshing return to the past, and for that reason it’s slightly too generic to recommend strongly. It’s only ever just pretty enough, and there’s seldom anything really breathtaking.60Eurogamer

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