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High on Life Is Xbox Game Pass Biggest 2022 Launch, and the Biggest 3rd Party Game Pass Launch Ever

High On Life is the biggest Game Pass release of 2022, the biggest 3rd party launch in Game Pass history, and the biggest single-player game launch on Game Pass ever.
High On Life is out now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows, and is available as part of Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.
Today, we’re happy to announce that High On Life — the comedy-shooter featuring charismatic talking guns from Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland’s Squanch Games — is Xbox Game Pass’ biggest launch of 2022, the biggest 3rd party Game Pass launch of all time, and the biggest release of a single player-only game in the service’s history. Those stats are measured in terms of engagement, based on the number of hours played in the first five days of release.

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Jin_Sakai522d ago (Edited 522d ago )

Yes the majority of reviews were mediocre. Guess reviewers can’t take some humor in games.

Fishy Fingers522d ago

Not sure thats fair.

Im enjoying it as a R&M fan. But I can still see why its not everyones cut of tea. Humour is subjective. I can easily see some of my friends giving it 5/10 and some giving it 10/10 (or anywhere in between). Thats "jokes", its individual.

Like it or not, i commend them for being decisive and sticking with the direction.

Lifexline522d ago (Edited 522d ago )

I agree comedy is a very underrepresented genre in gaming and it’s great to see developers take a risk and do something like this a game that’s full on comedy not just jokes here and there. It’s a fantastic amazing game. But comedy is subjective it’s a hard thing to really get a good general consensus of.

But it seems like this is the sleeper hit of 2022 it’s super popular and has great word of mouth. This is one of those games where users and some critics differ vastly.

-Foxtrot522d ago

I don't think it's the humour, maybe they personally just didn't like it.

I mean I think it sounds like my type of humour but if everything else is average then it won't make me go "Oh I'll ignore the flaws, 9/10"

CBaoth522d ago

yes it is the humor. I can't stand neurotic comedy, ergo I hate the constant ramblings in Rick n Morty. I tried the game but couldn't stand the banter of the guns after awhile. I know in the menus I can tone down/turn off the dialogue, but then I'm left with a mediocre FPS with a stupid plot. It is the humor. IF you like R & M give it a shot. If you don't.....well I hope you tried it on GP

wiz7191521d ago

But besides the jokes the games is pretty good , combat feels good and the replay ability is there … you can also tone the jokes down in the menu

porkChop522d ago

I'm having a good time with it but I recognize the humour won't be for everyone. One thing I really love though is the COLOUR everywhere. It's so nice to sit back and play a shooter that doesn't look bland or hyper realistic.

GotGame818521d ago

Splatoon 3 is better if that is what you're looking for.

porkChop521d ago

I wouldn't say "better". Splatoon and HoL are totally different games.

badz149522d ago

I'm not siding with any party here but myself personally can't get into R&M no matter how much I tried. so the jokes here most probably would elude me too

Lexreborn2522d ago

Oh I thought you guys were experts on compelling dialogue… you telling me you don’t understand/empathize with their gripes?!

Bathyj522d ago (Edited 522d ago )

Really?
I think humour is the only thing saving this game.

If it wasn't for Rick and Morty would this game even get a second look? Would it stand on its own shooter legs?

Flawlessmic522d ago (Edited 522d ago )

Yep I'm with you, humour was the only good thing about it, every thing else was bang average.

You got people put here acting like it some master piece and the only reason people don't like it is cause of the humour lol.

Its a 7 out 10, 7.5 at bestt, shows you the desepration the blind fans propping up the discourse around a game that isn't even good.

Plenty of copium going on around here.

ChubbyBlade522d ago (Edited 522d ago )

I just don’t find the game very funny. But I also don’t find it funny when characters just ramble on for a while or announce the obvious. It’s not for me.

CrimsonWing69522d ago

I just don’t think they know how to critique a game, that or they don’t know what a good game is from a mediocre one.

itsmebryan521d ago

Have you watched the movie on the TV at your house. They are supposed to have 4 full length movies you can watch. The Paul Walker and Denes Richards movie is awful. Lol

FinalFantasyFanatic521d ago

I thought part of the souring towards the game was because of the AI artwork/voice-work.

Christopher521d ago

This is a bad take as an argument as to why reviewers called the game mediocre. Same as saying reviewers can't take progressive storytelling or conservative ideology. It's purely subjective.

I'm not sitting here asking for more Claptrap comedy, personally, but certainly there are people out there who want more. Comedy isn't just one thing.

gurp521d ago

the game is actually a fun fps, humor requires getting used to, and the graphics are good and very colorful, the only problem is 4k very high is hit/miss with an RTX 3090, the optimization is poor

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darthv72522d ago (Edited 522d ago )

Started playing it the other day. It takes certain liberties and influences from many other games and that is really cool to see. I dont know which is funnier, the knife or the gun. both have their moments.

Orchard522d ago

It’s the knife for me, he’s a total maniac and it’s hilarious.

And I’m not gonna lie - being Australian just makes him even funnier 😂

-Foxtrot522d ago

Isn't it because people would rather have Gamepass to try it rather than hearing it about the mixed reviews and buying it full price.

I mean cool I guess, but it feels like a little bit of a spin to hype Gamepass....you know the service they played down to Sony just a little while ago.

Orchard522d ago (Edited 522d ago )

Does it really matter why though? They launched a game, people are loving it, engagement is high, their game is a success. That’s all that matters.

And GP doesn’t need hype, it already has hype, just talk to anyone who’s been using it for the past few years.

There’s a reason why Sony copied it - if it didn’t have hype they wouldn’t have.

Hopefully the success of the game means we’ll get a sequel.

badz149522d ago

Sony copied Gamepass how??

Orchard522d ago

@badz Check out the new PS+ sub.

shinoff2183522d ago (Edited 522d ago )

Sony actually had psnow first before gamepass. Gamepass actually copied Sony and tweeked it. Being a trillion dollar company they can put day one games on their from their studios. It wont last forever though. Especially when they still can't keep up with Sony. Mind you they haven't released any ms studio games but like 3. Halo, forward, and pentinment(another 10 out of 10 bs score)

Redemption-64522d ago

@Orchard
Seriously were you born recently? You do know both PS+ and PS Now have all existed long before GamePass right? Maybe in whatever world you come from GP came first. But combining two existing services into 3 tiers (Which GP doesn't have) is not copying GP

Orchard522d ago (Edited 522d ago )

I’m aware that PSNow existed, but let’s be honest, it was dead, old games and a different model. In the time it existed it only managed about 5-10% of the subs that GP had mustered in far less time.

So Sony saw the popularity of GP and took the opportunity to copy GP, merge the services and offer PS+ premium tiers.

While it still doesn’t have 1st party day 1 titles, it has some day 1 titles.