High on Life is the latest from Squanch Games, Justin Roiland’s game company. Roiland’s unmistakable voice acting is present through the trailer shown off during the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase. If you are somehow not familiar with Roiland by his TV pursuits (Rick & Morty and Solar Opposites) or his surprisingly great VR games (Accounting+ and Trover Saves the Universe), Roiland’s often sophomoric (and I say this in-kind terms since I generally love everything he makes) humor seems like the perfect fit for a comedic take on an alien invasion FPS.
The trailer threw every staple of a Roiland produced project:
- Humor that may or may not hit? Check.
- A tremendously colorful palette? Got it.
- Turning the mundane into the insane… like talking alien weapons? You bet.
In a time where every franchise seems to turn into the grim-dark and always trying to convey some deep meaningful story via realistic or relatable visuals, High on Life seems to exist just to have fun with the zany moments in life. While not taking itself seriously from a story standpoint, the gun animations and voice-acting are really well done. The game has spirit many games are lacking early on in this generation.
High on Life’s official site explains that you are “Fresh out of high school with no job and no ambition, you’ve really got nothing going for you until an alien cartel that wants to get high off humanity invades Earth. Now, you and a team of charismatic talking guns must answer the hero’s call and become the deadliest intergalactic bounty hunter the cosmos has ever seen”.
High on Life definitely won’t be your typical run of the mill FPS, but based on how great Trover was, this easily shot up on my list of most anticipated games for the rest of the year.