Obsidian survival game promises ‘arachnophobia mode’ for players who hate spiders

If Grounded’s story trailer, which Obsidian Entertainment released on Tuesday, made your skin crawl with all of its spiders skittering about, fear not. The studio says the survival game will include an “arachnophobia mode” so players with a hard-stop aversion to spiders may still enjoy the game.

Obsidian’s adding an arachnophobia mode to Grounded to put spider-haters at ease

Videogames have spiders, and lots of them. People in general dislike spiders, and the past few years of social media have taught me that extreme arachnophobia is extremely common. (I’m an ophidiophobe, personally.) Obsidian’s upcoming survival game, Grounded, shrinks you to insect size in a normal backyard, so you shouldn’t be surprised to find spiders in the game – but the devs have a mode in mind for the true arachnophobes among you.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide: Chapter 14 side quests

Chapter 14 of Final Fantasy 7 Remake opens up unlike any chapter before or after it. You’ll have access to nine new side quests during this chapter — the final side quest section before the story ends.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake producer has a message for the fans

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake combat tips

Whether you’re playing Final Fantasy 7 Remake in Classic or Normal mode, and no matter what difficulty, there’s still a lot going on every time Cloud draws his sword. In this guide, we’ll share our tips and hints for surviving combat.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide: Summon Materia

Throughout Final Fantasy 7 Remake, you’ll be picking up new Materia — either finding it (hidden) in the world, as rewards, or buying them from shops. We’ve covered Materia in general in another guide, but there’s one kind of Materia that doesn’t work like the others — Summon Materia.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide: Assess Materia and Ability

Not long into Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s third chapter, “Home Sweet Slum,” you’ll meet a character named Chadley in the Sector 7 Slums. When you talk to him the first time, he’ll give you an Assess Materia and ask you to do some research for him. The ability that Materia gives you will quickly become one of the strongest tools you have.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide: Chadley’s Battle Intel

Early on in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, you’ll run into Chadley — a bizarre NPC child with a monocle. Chadley wants you to collect some battle intel for him. He’ll give you the Assess ability to analyze your foes so you can bring data back to him. In exchange, he promises some never before seen Materia.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide: AP, SP, upgrading weapons, and leveling up

As you win battles in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Cloud and his teammates will earn experience. They’ll level up, but you won’t improve their stats directly. Instead, earning experience for your characters comes with two other kinds of experience: Ability Points (AP) and Skill Points (SP) — and your equipped weapons and Materia level up (independently) as well.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide: Collapsed Expressway hidden Materia

As you and Aerith make your way from Sector 5 to Sector 7 in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, you’ll pass through an underground Collapsed Expressway with some hand robots in it. There are two hidden pieces of Materia here. In this gudie, we’ll show you how to find both.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Hidden Materia in Chapter 4: Plate Interior guide

In this Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide, we’ll show you how to find the blue, purple, and red Materia in the second Mako reactor that you visit during Chapter 4: Plate Interior.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide: Materia orbs

Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s Materia orbs are gems that increase stats and add damage types, spells, and abilities. In this guide, we’ll help you understand Materia and how to use it.

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