Game News Is the video game from the creator of Rick & Morty an Xbox Game Pass staple?
Announced during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022, High On Life has always been presented as a big video game joke coming out of the feverish skull of Justin Roiland, co-creator and producer of the Rick and Morty series. The pitch does not invalidate this observation with a funny story of an extraterrestrial cartel wishing to use human beings as the main ingredients of an extremely powerful drug. Don’t we say that there is a huge difference between looking for a joke and being pleasant?
The skies are blue and the birds are singing when a belligerent alien cartel known as G3 realizes that the human species is the strongest drug in the cosmos. The small group then has only one idea in mind: to suck it in to find out the trip of its life.. Rather than taking to their heels, the young hero that the player incarnates fights during the sudden invasion of our planet. This fight will allow him to meet Kenny, a talkative gun, who in a panic will teleport his savior to Blim City. The mission, if you accept it: team up with various talking weapons to take down the space mobsters.
Since we are real video game junkies, it is quite easy to find the ingredients of the hallucinogenic substance made in the laboratories of Squanch Games. High on Life takes the form of a humorous FPS composed of elements already tasted in other creations. In its artistic direction, its assumed second degree and its platform game elements, the software designed by Squanch Games is reminiscent of a certain Journey To The Savage Planet. In its structure and its living weapons, we find Oddworld: The Fury of the Stranger. The structure of the game is simple: as a bounty hunter, the player has seven monsters to kill hidden in levels of their own.
Yet highlighted in the trailers, the talking weapons have nothing phenomenal in their use, and that is perhaps the most regrettable.. They are ultimately only there to bullshit the player during the entire epic. The software is indeed talkative: the protagonists take advantage of any pretext to unfold long monologues. Strange characters, the user will meet a shovelful with loquacious creatures ranging from the infamous legless bounty hunter to the Cyclops mothers advocating infanticide. In addition, in High On Life, the cruelest decisions are always rewarded (at least with a success). It is a pity to note that the game is not dubbed in French. The valves swung during the action scenes have the risk of not being understood if the player does not focus his attention on the subtitles when the shots are fired. The quality VO at least has the merit of being delirious.
Is it good for Game Pass?
As you will have understood, the strong point of High on Life lies in its humor which oscillates between that of Rick and Morty and that of South Park. Its intro is particularly successful in this regard. For the rest, this irreverent FPS in its tone remains classic in its form. The player can count on the ironsight, the dash, the grappling hook, the secondary shots, the scanner indicating the path of the objective, the explosive barrels and the bonuses dropped by the opponents in order to progress smoothly. By combining all these elements, which are both useful in the exploration phases and in combat, the sensations prove to be quite satisfactory without ever overshadowing the tenors of the genre. The developers do not hesitate to drop handfuls of enemies over the course of the clashes, dragging out action sequences that should have been more concise, the fault of a gameplay that leaves little space for the creativity despite funny pop-ups. Nevertheless, the 60 frames per second – constant since the arrival of the patch on Xbox Series X – helps to make the controls pleasant.
Released on December 13, 2022, High on Life currently has a 72/100 on Metacritic (based on 9 reviews). PC Invasion gave it an 8.5/10, Game Rant a 4/5, while GamesRadar+ and Digital Trends gave it a 3.5/5. At TheGamer, it’s not time to party with a 2/5. For its part, Eurogamer gives the minimum mark, reproaching “a miserable cocktail of ideas from other action-platformers and the worst moments of Rick and Morty”. Yes, the title designed by Squanch Games divides the specialized press, like Scorn and Somerville before it, even though it would allow you to watch Tammy and the T-Rex (a film with Denise Richards and Paul Walker) in its entirety. If you want to give it a chance, it is important to know what you are getting into, namely a good big delirium from Justin Roiland who dynamites the codes of video games by words (thanks to his corrosive humor), but marries his classicism by actions. From nose in powder to powder in the eyes, there is a difference.
High on Life is available on PC, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. It’s part of the Game Pass catalog as of this writing.
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