In an industry that champions violence and gore, it's always refreshing to play something that favours nature and nurture instead. Sure, punching a goblin in the back of its weird head is great. Cathartic, even. But sometimes, just for a change, it'd be nice to have a lovely wander down a quiet English lane before enjoying a delicious lukewarm pint in a dusty old pub.
For better or worse this is the experience offered by The Good Life, the latest game by Deadly Premonition creator Hidetaka 'SWERY' Suehiro. It's a gentle RPG-inspired adventure that is absolutely not for everyone.
As photojournalist Naomi, players must uncover the dark secret that lies at the heart of Rainy Woods, an ethereal representation of an English country locale as interpreted through the lens of a Japanese development team. The majority of your time is spent exploring the game's strangely expansive map, riding sheep in order to complete an endless list of fetch quests and photography challenges for the town's bizarre inhabitants.
SWERY fans will be pleased to know that The Good Life is effectively the life-simulator sections from Deadly Premonition expanded into a full game. Residents all have their own schedules and routines. Players must keep Naomi well-fed and stress-free by eating plates of sautéed hedgehog and downing pints of amber ale on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, this relaxing mechanical foundation is soured by myriad irksome issues. Some mandatory gameplay sections are frustrating to the point of misery, such as one particular mini-game where you're tasked with balancing a ball you barely have control over on the planet's slipperiest see-saw. Not to mention the entire game is plagued by a consistent bug that causes the town and various other environmental aspects to flicker in and out of existence when played on a PlayStation 5. How the game launched with such a distracting issue is beyond us, especially considering the game runs near flawlessly on a PS4.
For those who relish bizarre interactive experiences, The Good Life is an essential oddity that can't be missed. For everyone else, this is a barely functional chore that is all but guaranteed to frustrate and bewilder.
Still, you've got to hand it to SWERY: no one else makes games quite like this.
Are the animal sections any good? Also does the story go mental like Deadly Premonition?
Thanks for reviewing can't of been easy....as a PS4 owner I shall give it a go when the price comes down....I mean who would want to miss out on the dark secret that lies at the heart of Rainy Woods.told by the Japanese.
@Danloaded The animal sections are weirdly underutilised and barely acknowledged by the game's cast. The story is a little more muted than in Deadly Premonition but it still goes places.
100% getting this… if it’s on a good sale for Black Friday. I should probably pick up The Missing at some point too. Genuinely enjoyed the total absurdity of D4, so I should really dive into the SWERY catalog.
@somnambulance The Missing is wonderful! I'd recommend giving that a spin. Super underrated little game.
I own this and it runs terribly. To the point I am waiting for patches. Buildings will randomly glitch in parts or disappear.
Art style is good and music is okay enough. Once technical issues are resolved, I'll jump back in.
@residentmeevil sucks about the animals but glad to hear the story still goes places. Its not a SWERY game unless the story goes at least a little off the rails
With a LRG release i will be there.
Guess I’ll be waiting for the weird flickering bug to be fixed and other things ironed out. By which time it’ll be much cheaper I imagine.
Obviously, I hope anyone who plays this enjoys it but man I just do not get what people see in SWERY's games. Is it because they're so far out and weird that people will overlook the technical issues? Or what?
@Mergatro1d I would imagine it's mostly because they offer something different.
This "Pros" definitely don't add up to a 6/10
From the Walkthroughs and video reviews I've seen this game definitely isn't worth £26.99, maybe wait for a price drop or try it on gamepass.
Been playing it since launch and loving it. Something about it just speaks to me 😅. Loved The Missing as well!
100% getting this. It sounds right up my sponge!
How is the framerate on PS5? I can deal with SWERY jank (including buildings flickering out if existence) but poor performance on top of that is a no go.
@thecricket It was surprisingly stable! Probably the first time I’ve played a SWERY game that didn’t feature any major frame rate issues.
@residentmeevil thanks! any idea what it's running at? 30 or 60?
At first, I wasn't interested. Then I read the parts about riding sheep and dining upon Sanic & beer. GOTY.
Can never say no to anything Deadly Premonition esque. The coffee told me so.
Its on gamepass.. lol
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