FROM Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland, High on Life was the surprise hit of the year for Xbox Game Pass.
When it came to reviews, High on Life was controversial. Both very high and low scores were recorded, resulting in an overall average score of 65.
This is due to the special sense of humor in the game, for which Rick and Morty are well known and loved.
Although critics were often fans of the show, they could sometimes find the game’s constant talking weapon jokes a bit overwhelming.
Others loved it, calling it “genuinely fun” in one of the most popular reviews, and High on Life received a remarkable 9/10.
Love or hate the nature of the game, it was the biggest hit of the year on Xbox, with Game Pass subscribers playing the most hours upon release.
High on Life Game Pass was not only the most played game of 2022, but also the most played single player game in the history of the subscription service.
Matt Percy, General Content Manager for Xbox, was delighted to make High on Life a Microsoft exclusive.
He wrote: “High On Life is an incredibly unique game that we have been interested in for a long time.
“It’s fantastic that so many Game Pass members are jumping into it at launch to experience Squanch history in person before the holidays.”
High on Life is a surprise hit in 2022, a year when new IP addresses have been known to struggle.
The only new IP to make it into the top-selling games of the year was Elden Ring, which builds on the legacy of Dark Souls and Bloodborne.
Despite the success of Elden Ring, which was named “Game of the Year” at The Game Awards, its sales could not compete with long-established series such as Call of Duty and FIFA.
Games such as Stray were also critically acclaimed but failed to make the bestseller list.
High on Life gives developers working on new features the hope that fresh ideas can still find success.
High on Life is available on Xbox Game Pass and is also available for purchase on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.
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