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Review: High on Life

Published: 15:52, 13 December 2022
Updated: 22:19, 13 December 2022
AltChar/Squanch Games
High on Life review
High on Life review

If you love Rick and Morty and generally dark humour, High on Life is the ideal game to spend your weekend with. Otherwise, it may be more annoying than enjoyable. 

What you need to know

  • What is it? A goofy first-person shooter.
  • Reviewed on: PC
  • Developer: Squanch Games
  • Publisher: Squanch Games
  • Release date:  December 13, 2022
  • Available on: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

High on Life review copy provided by Squanch Games.

Even before its release on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC, High on Life was quite polarising. Many didn't like one particular suicide joke early in the game, others find it hilarious. I can honestly say that it will be no different now that High on Life is finally out. 

Squanch Games' new title certainly is not for everyone but if you're like me and love Rick and Morty and a quirky sense of humour, you're gonna love this. I've lost count of how many times I laughed out loud during my time with High on Life. 

The way that the game tells its jokes, mocking and criticising your actions and video game stereotypes is simply genius and refreshing. You know, not many games talk scoping and how they didn't have the time nor resources to implement certain features while you shoot aliens in your backyard.

AltChar High on Life - Combat is fast paced and emphasizes movement High on Life - Combat is fast paced and emphasizes movement

You'll probably realise what kind of game you're about to play at the character selection screen. No, we won't tell you that as that'll probably ruin you a good laugh.

High on Life kicks off when the alien drug cartel G3 invade earth to trap humans and turn them into a highly addicting drug. You get in a possession of your first talking gun named Kenny, who helps you warp your house to Blim City on a distant alien planet.

There, you'll meet a retired bounty hunter who'll borrow you his old suit and valuable info in return for staying at your place while you take on missions to track and eliminate cartel members one by one to save your species. 

Your house and Blim City will serve as a hub area where you'll choose your next target and buy upgrades for your guns, health and so on. Across different biomes and in Blim City itself, you'll meet various charismatic aliens, and find more talking weapons with unique modes and tricks. 

AltChar Visually, High on Life looks great Visually, High on Life looks great

I was surprised by the scope of these missions you go on as I mostly expected very linear levels but High on Life has plenty of room for exploration, no doubt about it. 

As you've probably guessed by now if you followed the pre-release marketing for High on Life, the talking guns are one of the key aspects of the game. Most of the time, Kenny and the rest of the gang are hilarious with their commentary on things you do like shooting a harmless but annoying bunch of construction workers or anyone that isn't hostile really. 

When not spitting jokes, guns are used for, well, shooting goofy-looking aliens. Shooting is fast-paced in High on Life, requiring constant movement if you want to survive. Yes, something like Doom Eternal. 

Guns have various modes allowing you to slow time, pull the aliens towards you before blasting them with a shotgun-like alien weapon in their face, throw them in the air and more. The overall feel of combat in High on Life is great and I would go as far as to say that the action in Squanch Games' title would put some bigger AAA titles to shame. 

AltChar Creature is one of the weapons in High on Life, he shoots his exploding kids at aliens Creature is one of the weapons in High on Life, he shoots his exploding kids at aliens

Visually, High on Life looks gorgeous with many different biomes and cyberpunk cities and slums. Levels are varied and you'll be visiting lush alien jungles with large glowing mushrooms and vast deserts on your journey. 

Sadly, High on Life does not run as well as it looks. I've played on PC with AMD Radeon RX 6800 and Ryzen 3600 at 1440p and the frame-rate drops were quite noticeable, especially during heavy action sequences. 

Outside of combat, the performance was fine but certainly not amazing. I did notice some improvements after the day one patch, so your experience will probably be a bit better than mine. 

High on Life is not for everyone but those who appreciate Justin Roiland's work will be happy with this adventure. The game is packed with hilarious jokes, and great characters and visually it's looking gorgeous, too. If you don't dig what High on Life is trying to do, at least give it a go on Game Pass, you just may end up loving it. 

The Good

  • Great writing and hilarious jokes
  • Beautiful art style
  • A wide variety of unique weapons
  • Boss fights

The Bad

  • Poor performance on PC
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Our Rating

Very Good

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