The Good Life

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

24%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews
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No Recommendation / Blank
Oct 18, 2021

A surprisingly generous and deep life sim from the mind of Swery, but a frustratingly creaky one too.

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79 / 100
Oct 18, 2021

Weird, good natured, and pretty funny with it, The Good Life stands apart, like most SWERY games.

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

2 / 10
Oct 14, 2021

A hugely disappointing mess of a game that magnifies all of SWERY's worst tendencies and fails to compensate in terms of the unengaging characters and script.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2021

This surreal, multifaceted experience has its charms; but technical and storytelling snags that hold it back

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6 / 10
Oct 26, 2021

The Good Life is a charmingly silly RPG with a little too much daily grind.

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6 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2021

The Good Life does many things, but they never felt like they coalesced together into an experience that could stick with me. I certainly enjoyed parts of it, and some of its stranger moments really do land as big, enjoyable peaks. But there’s a lot of valley in-between, and while I arrived in Rainy Woods eager for a pleasant countryside escape, I didn’t feel like making a return trip after the credits had rolled.

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7 / 10
Nov 1, 2021

The Good Life is another flawed yet fascinating gem from Swery65. It's a weird world full of unforgettable characters, and even when the gameplay grows a bit tiring or repetitive, it's worth all the photo quests and fetch missions in the world to see that next bonkers twist in the story.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2021

‎The Good Life is a play by Swery, for better and for worse. His personality emanates and shares particularities: outdated technical and mechanical problems, but with that magical aura. If you like the author, jump in without fear. Important: it is not translated into Spanish.‎

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5.8 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2021

The Good Life is Swery's first take on the Life simulators genre. While it incorporates all the features that made him a cult creator it also shows a disorienting mix of elements and mechanics that just don't work well together. The thin narrative line and the histrionic cast of characters fail to fully flesh out the social commentary that the creator intended to convey. The whole experience ends up feeling more like a list of chores rather than a smart and enjoyable experience in Swery's characteristic Troma-like fashion.

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Ars Technica
Steve Haske

Top Critic

Unscored
Oct 18, 2021

Though technically rough and uneven, The Good Life is memorable and anything but predictable.

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5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2021

The Good Life is a bit of a mess, trying to be too many things and getting very little right, with weak characters and an unpolished plot.

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Unscored
Oct 19, 2021

The Good Life is a shambolic RPG that barely hold together, wrapped in the trappings of a rural life simulator. It's tonally stupid and structurally broken, but also surprisingly deep and occasionally self-aware.

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GamingTrend
David Flynn

Top Critic

80 / 100
Oct 24, 2021

While The Good Life still has some annoyances carried over from Deadly Premonition, it's still a great time with some wacky characters. The transformations and photography are a lot of fun to mess around with, and the life simulation aspects compliment the more relaxed pace nicely.

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GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Nov 29, 2021

If you love unorthodox japanese games, you should probably try The Good Life, especially given its low price point. Just be aware that's plenty of shortcoming here.

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54 / 100
Oct 21, 2021

There is a ton of stuff to do in The Good Life, even multiple main storylines to pursue. Unfortunately, completing them and fulfilling the side missions is not very fun. Between the constant back and forth across the huge map and the fetch quests, I feel that more in-depth gameplay features would really help me enjoy this game.

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6 / 10
Oct 19, 2021

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.

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Unscored
Oct 14, 2021
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5 / 10
Oct 14, 2021

Boring, pointless, and jammed with grating characters and obnoxious story beats, The Good Life doesn't live up to its name.

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Wccftech

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2021

The Good Life comes with excellent narrative elements, but the entire experience is damaged by some weird design choices that result in mediocre gameplay. While this is hardly surprising for a game directed by SWERY, some of the ideas featured in The Good Life, like the cat and dog transformation mechanics, deserved a much better execution, as they feel shallow and not particularly interesting. With such flawed gameplay, only die-hard fans of the Japanese director will truly love The Good Life.

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Gameblog
Joniwan

Top Critic

5 / 10
Nov 10, 2021

To enjoy The Good Life, you will need to be a big fan of Swery, and be able to inflict all the faults of the game on yourself to glimpse any semblance of truth!

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