Despite mixed reviews and technical issues on release day, sleazy shooter High on Life has topped the Xbox Game Pass most-played list.
Squanch Games and Justin Roiland’s efforts are now the most popular game in subscription from Microsoft – both in the PC and console catalogs.
On Xbox consoles, more people play High on Life through Game Pass than other popular titles like Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, FIFA 22 and Rainbow Six Siege. In fact, it’s currently being played by more people than any first-party Microsoft release, including Minecraft, Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, and Sea of Thieves.
It’s a similar story on PC. High on Life dominates all the same games as well as PC stars like Microsoft Flight Sim and even… Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
Of course, High on Life has the perk of being a new addition to the Xbox Game Pass catalog – but it’s been interesting to see how it’s steadily climbed the service’s most popular rankings over the past few days since release.
Is it that time of year when many younger gamers are on vacation to play this naughty new shooter with grown-up Rick and Morty humor? (High on Life is rated PEGI 16 for “Strong Violence, Sex, Drugs, Horror and Strong Language.”)
Is it the fact that Microsoft can’t really add much new stuff to Game Pass itself? (Pentiment, the only new first-party Xbox release this year, doesn’t seem to have sparked a similar reaction.)
Whatever the reason, many people seem to be giving High on Life a try, regardless of how it was received by most critics. (The Xbox version is currently at 63 points metacritical.)
“A lousy cocktail of ideas from other action platformers and the worst parts of Rick and Morty,” wrote Edwin in Eurogamer’s High on Life review advising you to avoid the game. “This is a spongy action game and an empty, ramshackle satire caught in a defensive attitude of indifference to your and their own existence.”
High on Life is available now on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S and will be launched via Game Pass.
Download at: https://www.eurogamer.net/high-on-life-is-now-the-most-popular-thing-on-xbox-game-pass