High on Life, the new game from Rick & Morty's co-creator, is the most popular title on Xbox Game Pass
High on Life is high on success right now
➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: High on Life
👽 Xbox Game Pass subscribers can’t get enough of High on Life
🔫 The tongue-in-cheek FPS is currently the platform’s most-played game
🤪 It’s beating the likes of Minecraft and Halo Infinite
📈 And it’s also selling well outside of Xbox Game Pass
High on Life, the recently released comedy FPS from Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, is currently the most popular game on Xbox Game Pass.
The irreverent shooter is sitting at the top of the subscription platform’s list of most-played games across both consoles and PC, and in the top five most-played Xbox games, ahead of Grand Theft Auto 5. It’s currently drawing in more Game Pass subscribers than Minecraft, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and FIFA 22, as well as some of the best Xbox Series X games like Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite and Sea of Thieves.
High on Life was released earlier this month on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC, hitting Xbox Game Pass the day of its launch. Microsoft’s streaming service has likely spurred its popularity but isn’t solely responsible. The game’s currently the fifth best-selling game on Xbox, beating Cyberpunk 2077 and Elden Ring.
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Despite its popularity, High on Life has received a mixed critical reception. On Metacritic, it received a critic score of only 63 on Xbox Series X (67 on PC), with PC Gamer awarding it a measly 40 and NME a similarly meager 2/5 stars. Other outlets were much more favorable, with IGN giving High on Life a respectable 8/10 and GameSpot a 7/10.
Players have been kinder, too, The game’s Metacritic user score has hit a much rosier 8.2 on Xbox Series X (7.8 for PC).
The point of contention among many reviewers appears to be the game’s style of humor, and whether it’s actually very funny at all. Its relentless amount of foul-mouthed jokes grated on some, while others were impressed by its fourth-wall breaks and faithfulness to Rick & Morty’s brand of cheek that Roiland has become known for.
If that type of comedy doesn’t do it for you, there are fortunately plenty of other new Game Pass additions to dig into this month. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has jumped through hyperspace onto the subscription platform, along with Hello Neighbour 2, Potion Craft and others. If you’re not currently a member, you can sign up at a discount with our Xbox Game Pass code.
Big changes may be on the horizon for the subscription service. A recent Xbox survey has suggested Microsoft is considering adding a cheaper, ad-supported tier that would strip out most of the service's main features to function as a Xbox Live Gold replacement. Nothing’s been confirmed yet, mind.