Video games have a wide variety and new games experimenting with set tropes come out yearly. If people like DrDisrespect who think gaming has become monotonous now look away from AAA games and look at indie titles, their opinion would change drastically.
Games which tweak the generic formulas and add their innovations aren’t rare and High on Life is one example. Justin Roiland’s first-person shooter game caught everyone’s eye with its talking weaponry and sci-fi aesthetic. Even though opinion has been divided on these talking alien guns, the game has done well early on.
High on Life is the No.3 most popular title on the Xbox and the PC version of the Game Pass.
- High on Life is the 3rd most popular game on PC and Xbox Game Pass.
- The game is also No.2 on the Game Pass’ Cloud Streaming charts.
- It seems to be performing well even with the mixed reviews.
Benji-Sales on Twitter reported these numbers to the fans through a Tweet. According to him, High on Life is flying high in the top 3 of the United States region of Game Pass. The bio-punk FPS title from Squanch games has had a brilliant start after its day 1 release on the service.
Whoa, High on Life is currently the #3 Most Popular title on Game Pass in the United States on both Console and PC and #2 on Cloud Streaming
This is a REALLY strong debut placement. Seems the title is getting a lot of players through the service pic.twitter.com/JdTDxuqbaS
— Benji-Sales (@BenjiSales) December 15, 2022
Such a debut is unusually strong from a relatively unknown Squanch Games studio, even though Roiland is a mainstream name. The creator of Rick and Morty made the polarizing decision of having a mute protagonist with the guns doing all the taking. But so far, it seems like the decision is not holding High on Life back.
The game also had a strong debut on the Game Pass’ Cloud Streaming resources. High on Life is No.2 in the top 10 popular titles list when we take Cloud Streaming on other platforms into account. Hence, it seems like all of the talks around the guns having a rather annoying input hasn’t hurt the game.
We have always heard all publicity is good publicity and High on Life certainly has a lot of bad publicity. It has a very low score on Metacritic with critics on the website only giving it a 59 Metascore. However, this was only for the Xbox Series X and the PC score is a little bit better with 72.
Besides that, the review Kotaku gave the game was also not very good. A cutscene in High on Life gave a shoutout to the website and others like Polygon to criticize it for lazy game design. They did exactly that as the reviews of the FPS title were all pretty average.
— alyssa mercante (@alyssa_merc) December 13, 2022
However, even with all of the bad press on critical websites, fans seem to be enjoying the game a lot. On Metacritic, High on Life has a user score of 8.4 on PC and Xbox Series X, and 8.9 on Xbox One at the time of writing. That is an exceptionally good score for a game that is not getting a good reception from the critics.
Its popularity on the Game Pass is also proof that players are genuinely enjoying High on Life. Sure High on Life has some polarizing features, but it is genuinely a fun FPS game with brilliant gameplay and an innovative feature. Hopefully, it continues this success and we see more video games experimenting like this.
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