Envision living in the most joyful town on the planet, where everything is all daylight and rainbows, and nothing is by all accounts fit for disturbing such a lot of tranquility. Envision researching why this town is so quiet. Envision finding a really brutal mystery. Welcome to Rainy Woods. Welcome to The Good Life.
Coordinated by quite possibly the most imaginative Japanese mind, Hidetaka “SWERY” Suehiro, The Good Life is a profoundly abnormal pretending game. It’s loaded up with a wide range of insane characters, an exceptionally captivating secret story created in a lot of startling ways, some intriguing ongoing interaction mechanics, yet additionally, some bizarre plan decisions that eventually harm the experience a little and make it a specialty title.
The Good Life stars writer Naomi Howard, a young lady suffocating paying off debtors who acknowledge the solicitation from The Morning Bell paper to uncover the secret of Rainy Woods, a town in the English wide open that is known as the most joyful on the planet. It doesn’t take long for our gutsy (and extremely shy of tolerance) writer to comprehend that there is an off-base thing around here: consistently, all residents transform into felines or canines. The one in particular that doesn’t is a young lady called Elizabeth Dickens, who’s likewise the one that prompts Naomi not to go out around evening time.
Her editorial faculties alarmed, Naomi decides to additionally examine Elizabeth. This will lead her to obtain the equivalent unconventional shapeshifting capacities of the Rainy Woods populace, and to observe a horrendous homicide that is firmly identified with the historical backdrop of the town and to the baffling forces the residents have.
The Good Life’s story and characters are the game’s features, point of fact. The story gets going as an apparently by-the-numbers secret plot yet it before long transforms into something significantly seriously intriguing that likewise exploits English fables (like the account of Dick Whittington and his feline and of Charles II and his canine) in a smart way that feels exceptionally intelligible with the remainder of the game. The three unique stories investigated as a feature of the principle journey are largely energizing, very elegantly composed, and very astonishing on occasion, prompting what’s, at last, a delightful consummation.
In spite of her to some degree burning mentality, particularly towards what she sees as a backwater town, Naomi is a superb person, continually offering amusing comments about basically everybody and everything. She isn’t the main enchanting person you will meet during the game, as most Rainy Woods occupants are similarly as pleasant. Furthermore, inconceivably peculiar as well: during her examination, Naomi will meet a hippy witch directly from the 70s, a woodworker in full covering, a wannabe Sherlock Holmes, a troublemaker barkeep, an alarming inn chief, and numerous others. The vast majority of these characters are associated with either the fundamental journeys or the sub-missions, and they all add to making the around 12 hours expected to finish the principal story very pleasant.
In the event that The Good Life completely conveys as far as story and characters, I can’t say something similar for the ongoing interaction. While there are a couple of fascinating thoughts and mechanics, their execution misses the mark because of some unusual plan decisions that appear to have been made uniquely to cushion out the game’s length.
The Good Life plays like your commonplace third-individual pretending game, with players controlling Naomi as she goes starting with one area then onto the next on the guide to associate with different characters and protests to finish missions. Directly from the beginning of the experience, in any case, it’s reasonable how this exceptionally straightforward experience has a few issues. For instance, Naomi moves gradually in her human shape and can just run briefly until the Stamina bar is drained, which happens way excessively fast. This wouldn’t have been an enormous issue if the distances to cover weren’t so large, yet The Good Life includes a guide that is too huge for what it offers, and just opening quick travel focuses makes crossing less baffling. It’s surprisingly more dreadful when Naomi is conveying things, as her strolling speed gets additionally decreased. It seems like the enormous void guide and the sluggish crossing were executed uniquely to cushion out the game’s length. Exacerbated how journeys are planned, as most of them are exhausting get missions. The game even jokes about this sometimes, as well, so the improvement group is, in any event, mindful of possibly having gotten carried away. Exceptionally basic battle and some light riddle tackling break the tedium a piece, yet they are adequately not to cause the experience to feel less dreary.
Fortunately, not everything in The Good Life’s ongoing interaction is pretty much as terrible as crossing, guide, and journey plan. During the Prologue, Naomi will acquire the ability to transform into a feline or a canine, and the two structures accompany some remarkable capacities. The feline structure accompanies better versatility that permits Naomi than scale structures and access, in any case, blocked off regions, and even assault little creatures to get things like stows away and meat. Then again, the canine structure accompanies a predominant feeling of smell that permits her to follow select people and different creatures, search a wide range of things from canisters, and imprint domains. The exceptional capacities of the two structures are needed to finish journeys, so they are fundamental to the experience and mix it up, however, they do feel somewhat shallow and to some degree restricted. There was distinct potential in these mechanics, however, it tragically has gone undiscovered.
Close by changing into a feline or a canine as required, Naomi will take a couple of pictures to finish journeys and bring insufficient cash to take care of her obligation and abandon Rainy Woods for great. The best way to bring in cash in The Good Life is by transferring pictures to the Flamingo application, a unique application accessible on the PC found in Naomi’s home that allows clients to bring in cash contingent upon the number of preferences a photograph gets. The Flamingo application likewise shows drifts that are refreshed double seven days, and any photographs that take advantage of these patterns is set to get more likes and in this manner, more cash that can be utilized to buy an assortment of corrective things, new focal points for the camera, some of them needed to finish fundamental journeys and food.
The pretending game mechanics in The Good Life aren’t restricted to cash acquiring and spending, albeit, similar to the change mechanics, they do feel somewhat shallow. The game doesn’t simply need a complex battle yet in addition to any feeling of movement. Details are restricted to wellbeing, anxiety, yearning, and weakness, which require eating food and dozing to get reestablished. Naomi will likewise have to shower and prep herself once in a while to keep her Charisma high. A low Charisma level causes everybody in the town to feel awkward connecting with Naomi, prompting expanded costs in shops. Connections with different characters additionally change contingent upon Naomi’s fondness towards felines or canines, which can be changed at quick travel focuses by offering cash to all things considered. While the progressions aren’t enormous using any and all means, it is a welcome touch that enhances the experience. There are likewise a lot of things to gather and specialty by looks for the individuals who like investigating the world looking for collectibles and beauty care products.
While The Good Life’s ongoing interaction is somewhat hit and miss however it could in any case resound for certain players like SWERY fans, the game’s visuals are certainly disappointing, albeit the adapted person models are enchanting and loaded with character in their low-poly greatness. What truly harms the visuals, not including the basic area configuration, is the liveliness. These look unquestionably solid, particularly the running liveliness for the feline and canine structures. For a game based upon the air, this is very unfavorable and submersion breaking. The pre-delivered cutscenes that play when sunsets and first light breaks are additionally extremely unpleasant, with clear casing rate issues.
With such basic visuals, most current frameworks won’t experience any difficulty running The Good Life. The game obviously ran perfectly at 4K goal, max settings, on the machine utilized for the test (i7-10700 CPU, RTX 3070, 16 GB RAM), however even less incredible frameworks will experience no difficulty doing likewise. The game is additionally by and large without bugs, as I experienced basically no significant issue during my experience with it.
The Good Life is a SWERY game totally. Like different games from the Japanese chief, it dominates in its account components however misses the mark in the ongoing interaction, with an encounter that is some of the time a trudge to play because of the low crossing speed, a guide that is too enormous for what it really offers, and mechanics that might have been exceptional executed. Some of the time, a great deal of heart isn’t sufficient to make a show-stopper, so The Good Life is a game that can be prescribed to stalwart SWERY fans. Every other person would improve to evaluate the playable demo prior to buying.