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Xbox One, Squanch Games High On Life Review

They say that tragedy plus time equals comedy, but in gaming the real tragedy is the amount of time we have to wait between quality comedy games. Thankfully, in the opening moments of high on life, as my talking gun, belittlingly whispered to me, that I was doing a great job as I shot dancing aliens in the face, are you fighting? Did you think? Do you think it was a good idea? What is wrong with you? I got the feeling Id struck gold while it has bugs and performance hitches and occasionally frolics an unimpressive toilet humor. The latest from Rick and Morty Creator, Justin Roiland, squanch games largely succeeds at being the type of absurd space. Satire Ive always wanted whether I was chatting with my shotgun about the merits of Science and formulas: Im, not anti science or anything like that Im, not one of those crazies Im, just like more into other. You know uh, I dont want to think about formulas or whatever man covering myself in Alien poop to sneak into a secure facility or inexplicably watching a full live action movie from the 90s on a nearby television high on life is a game that just knows how To have a good time and there really arent enough of those store – number 7923: your local hyperbong Superstore, please no traveling of other patrons during the midnight launch. This delightfully inappropriate. First person shooter puts its comedic premise front and center absolutely refusing to take itself seriously After Earth is taken over by disgusting aliens who kidnap humans to be smoked as hallucinogenic drugs.

You begin a ridiculous Space Odyssey to get revenge against the Extraterrestrial cartel responsible, all the while youre, accompanied by the real stars of the show youre extremely rude Arsenal. Are you happy now we killed a kid. A kid is dead. Now these animate weapons called gatlians are easily the best part of the adventure and include Kenny the easily flustered pistol, thats, basically Justin roilin, just doing his usual Rick and Morty thing. Listen, dont, get used to that were not killing any more kids Im drawing the line. So savor it enjoy it. It happened tuck it away in the old memory book Sweezy the foul mouth sniper rifle. That seems to be a reference to Halos Needler. There we go creature who shoots is rapidly gestating children as ammo whats this. What do we just pick up? Oh right, sorry and my personal favorite Gus, the surprisingly wholesome shotgun voiced by Curb Your enthusiasms JB Smoove holy, looks like someone got trampled to death, turned them into a fruit roll up, while some took a while to earn my love spending an entire 16 hour Journey. With these guys held up right to my face, ended up being a fantastic excuse for lots of amusing dialogue and character development by the time credits rolled. I really didnt want to have to put my new best friends back in their holsters thats, due in large part to high on lifes, mostly solid riding, which piles on dumb gags curse, Laden, Rants and lots of TV screens.

Airing idiotic shows like this one having sex. All the time and its not a problem, its fine, we dont like being told that what were doing is wrong. You know old people, we get horny. One level features an intentionally irritating alien who follows you around and Rambles on, seemingly Without End until you finally unlock the ability to murder him dead, another makes you go to space Applebees and have a full meal for no apparent reason. You can also find a movie theater playing the real world movie from 1990 demon wind complete with Mystery Science, Theater 3000, like commentary via some nearby aliens, which youd better believe I watched in its entirety its just having a diabetic reaction. The campaign is only about eight hours long if you have the willpower and focus to ignore all of these delightful distractions and power through so naturally, my first playthrough took me over 16.. The entire thing is just packed with so much silliness and its always exciting. To spend time Planet hopping through it, I never knew when I might run into something insane: Music yeah in perfect harmony with high on lifes, completely chaotic Vibe, slinging your companion guns and firefights is over the top, and occasionally a bit messy weapons are somewhat inaccurate and Enemies, flop around the battlefield, shooting gloop at you and in the opening hours I worried there would be little more to combat than using peashooter Kenny to mop up brainless ants wow, I feel really powerful.

Do you feel powerful were Unstoppable? Is this blood loss? Am I feeling blood gloves right now? It doesnt help that, even on the hardest difficulty high on life is almost always incredibly easy to get through youre, given ample opportunity to restore your health and shield, and incoming bullets are almost always slow enough to be easily avoided. Luckily, once you gain some new tools like the jetpack or other interesting, combat options like creatures, power to mind, control enemies on the battlefield or Guss ability to suck up smaller, bad guys right in front of him and then blast them to bits things get a lot More interesting, theres still plenty to shake a fist at, though like how weak the enemy variety is, or how hostile aliens occasionally get stuck inside the environment or the incredibly perplexing decision to make the down button on the d pad the default button for crouching. These things certainly dont make for the smoothest, combat experience and the fun comes from finding creative ways to clear each area of baddies like how you can use Kennys globshot ability to toss enemies in the air, then juggle them with bullets until they explode or how you Can kill enemies that are behind cover by using sweezys object, piercing shots its definitely more chaotic and less finely tuned than your ideal shooter, but its a pretty good sandbox for pulling off stupid and amusing kills and that jives well with high on lifes energy.

I call it my glob shot. It comes out of my trick hole all gatlins have a different kind of trick hole mine. Does this when your guns, arent shooting at things they make trusty allies for getting through each level using their alternate firing modes. Horrifyingly, named their trick, hole which gives them functionality Beyond killing things Kenny can knock obstacles out of the way with his globshot Gus can create platform forms by shooting his spinning blades into walls. Swayze can shoot bubbles that slow time in a given area and more. I was pleasantly surprised at how fun it was to just run around searching for Collectibles and hidden loot boxes in metroidvania fashion, as you unlock weapons and abilities, youll gain access to new areas and secrets and locations, youve already visited, which makes backtracking a worthwhile use of Time, collecting alien pesos by exploring is fairly rewarding too, like an improved version of Guss enemy. Sucking ability that lets him tear off their armor and give it to you high on life, also has some crazy and memorable boss fights which serve as loopy crescendos to each level and have you facing down an alien criminal of one persuasion or Another. Not only are these fights the only Parts where I felt legitimately challenged during combat, but the bosses you fight in the inane things they have. You do are almost always fantastic punch lines to whatever that bad guys whole deal was so much. So, in fact that I actually felt kind of sad about having to viciously slaughter them in one boss, fight the bad guy punished me in a way, I wont spoil that made me have to pause for a bit and just laugh at The Meta humor of it.

Its the kind of dastardly attack I could never have seen coming koftos tummies are ready for some yummies, Bon Appetit dude take a hint can. You see were in the middle of a thing here when you first started up high on life. Gives you another bit of meta humor, a disclaimer warning that any glitches or bugs you may encounter? Are intentional satirical references to other games with glitches and bugs that joke didnt? Make me laugh as much as I played, because it really is prone to bugs and performance issues that, while rarely bad enough to put a halt to the good times, were a regular irritation. At the time of this review, a performance patch has been deployed. That appears to have fixed the worst of the issues, but in times of extreme stress, like a few of the more elaborate boss fights, I am still seeing some minor frame rate dips playing on an Xbox series X. As for the bugs theyre, usually minor annoyances like the time I had a character lock up on me, so I couldnt Advance dialogue with him until I reloaded my or when a few enemies continue to stand around as intangible beings after I killed them. Well great sleuthing detectives that will that S rank in irrigation high on life is an irreverent, absurd, shooter that manages to shine with its outrageous humor silly setting and some really goofy foul mouthed guns that pull the whole thing together.

Combat is a bit sloppy, especially during the First Act and the whole sci fi. Adventure sometimes has an unpolished feel to it, but once you get some more tools of Destruction and movement options, it rises to the occasion, not all of its jokes, find their punch line. Hey, how are you my name is Colby and before you ask no Im not going to try to sell you gopricom or anything gross like that Im, not anything like my two weird Brothers, but with memorable boss, fights unique, alt fire exploration and way more terrible movies To watch than I expected, this wacky journey is definitely worth your time. This is lazy. This is just lazy, game development. This lazy level, design, Im, calling it out Kotaku polygon, yeah IGN, all you. You got her very knock us down a couple points for more check out our reviews of Call of Duty, Warzone 2.0 and Need for Speed Unbound and for everything else.

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