Note: This review is for the PC version of High on Life, as we didn’t receive an Xbox code until this week. You’ll find some early impressions based on the Xbox Series X version of the game in the “Second Opinion” section.
yes. a look. We’ve been in a deep conversation about High On Life on Pure Xbox over the past few days since we finally got our hands on the review code, and we think it’s fair to say that the humor in this game is a bit divisive. if I were Rick and Morty Fan, if you like what Justin Roiland brings to the table in terms of his brand of great comedy, well, you’ll probably have a great time laughing at all the childish profanity here. In this writer’s view, it’s one of the worst things we’ve played in some time, an ignorant, selfish, and vulgar game with a rotten attitude that radiates a deep hatred of video games and gamers in general.
wow. This… This is like… This Not Cool man, no way, back up here. This is cruel. wow. Let’s…let’s get some cocaine streaks here, dude, let’s chill out and stab someone and make some suicidal jokes and think about this. Like, Holy s**t, dude. my friend. Dude, do you like how we talk now like this? my friend? Because you’re up for ten hours of this, dude. seriously. Fabulous. Just…jeez. We have tried. Honestly, we (and we mean the king that we are here) tried really hard with this one, and it just wouldn’t work. From the opening sequence showing you drugs for about two minutes (because that’s what gamers think is cool, right?) to how it constantly berates gaming culture and freaks out over gaming clichés without offering any better alternatives or improving anything. Absolutely ripping this blowing experience from start to finish. my friend.
But wait. There’s really no reason to go down that path with our review, we clearly don’t get it and we’re so passive and uncool right now we’re just being so hard on everyone’s feeling why are we trying to ruin everything dude? So let’s move away from the comics and just focus on the mechanics. Let’s focus on the incredibly cute shooting, stupid enemy AI, tricky traversal, and bugs that forced us to reload missions on so many occasions… Dude! You’re killing the vibe right now. This… you need to relax, bro, seriously. Jeez. Here, take a hit on this guy. Stab someone and cheer up, what’s your deal bro? You are? You need to fuck my brother.
The central idea of High On Life, the whole reason Justin Roiland made this game, is that he had an inspiring idea to make your player character use guns that talk. continuously. They don’t stop talking. If you live with other people you’ll have to turn off the audio almost immediately here because it’s nonstop profanity, nonstop violence, nonstop references to sexual practices and going to the toilet in your pants, it’s the kind of game that makes you embarrassed to be seen or heard to react to . This is harsh man, this sucks, but it’s true, and we’re so high right now. starving.
So you have these talking guns, they get old really fast, and they yell things and swear and talk about drugs or whatever man, seriously, we need crap really bad right now, and you’re sticking around levels full of ineffective enemies, totally screwed-up AI opponents who run in a straight line at your location and show no signs of using an actual strategy. As you make your way through the campaign you’ll find new guns, a shotgun, an SMG, and all the usual stuff, they all talk, they’re all voiced by actual comedians, Justin Roiland, and you’ll love if you like Rick and Morty… dude… We farted too hard. seriously. This is like a fart baby, we just had a fart baby, he’s fully grown. It’s like a fully grown baby fart. Is that annoying?
There’s a bunch of awful boss fights too, really lazy stuff, just stand your ground and shoot, don’t worry about tactics, nobody cares we’re all stoned right? So you’re a bounty hunter now sorry we’ve been tracked aside and you take out missions and kill all these useless idiots the guns never stop talking and people go to the toilet on their own. It’s… Dude it’s pretty funny if you like that stuff. man. Have we ever told you about the time we went to the toilet? my friend. my Lord. You should have seen this a**t.
On a more positive note there are attempts to make traversing fun, you can move around the environments by holding the left shoulder button and attaching to ziplines (it doesn’t look great often because this game isn’t that good) and there are platforms and bridges to play around with by shooting them, but This all sounds like really old hat, really dirty and just… dude. my friend. my friend. Seriously, dude. my friend. my friend. my friend. my friend. relax.
There are some Metroidvania elements that level up a bit, you’ll get a jetpack and the ability to shoot metal discs at flashing red pieces of wall so you can explore new areas, but it’s all stressful. This game doesn’t really care about its game parts. wow. my friend. This was like… have you ever done that thing where you’re standing in front of a mirror and there’s, like, there’s another mirror and it’s like infinity mirrors? Because that sentence was like mirrors of infinity, brother. My God. This weed is very powerful. Imagine someone urinating on themselves right now. We were literally dying to see someone pee right now.
In the end, what you get with High On Life is a game that some people will love, and they will love it because they love pissing and getting dirty. Ha ha ha. man, passing very funny. However, it’s hard to get excited about this overall. Joking aside, it’s a combination of cliché battles, tedious exploration, lazy collectibles, and humor that will have you laughing your head off or deleting the game right away. This review is on the delete side of the fence, but don’t take it personally dude. Likes seriously.
High On Life combines sloppy shooter action with Justin Roiland and all his incredibly annoying buddies. You’ll either love it or hate it, really, so luckily this one hit Game Pass so you can check it out and decide for yourselves. Personally, this reviewer hated the humour, there is something so disturbing and so disturbing at the heart of where this game is coming from, it seems like he’s looking down and sneering with hate. But that’s the comedy style you’re going for, so we think we need to relax, bro. Some people will eat this stuff, no matter what we think, so it’s a shame he associates this cynical situation with bland gameplay, tired puzzles, stupid AI, and a world that isn’t fun to explore or live in. road. my friend. This is cruel.
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