PS4 Review: Just Die Already

Growing old disgracefully…

Just Die Already is an old people mayhem sandbox game created by the designers of Goat Simulator. You are an old retired person in a near future where people aren’t having any children. There isn’t anyone to pay for pensions due to those ungrateful millennials who prefer playing video games instead of doing actual work. With no one to cover your living costs, you – just like all other old people in this world – have no other choice but to survive on your own. How will you survive in a world that wants you to Just Die Already?

Goat Simulator was perhaps the craziest concept of a game, one that didn’t even make any sense as the things you did were nothing like playing as a simulation of an actual goat. Everything from the clunky controls, broken physics and sandbox world was just insane. That same team has decided to move away from barnyard animals to old people, but the overall concept is more or less the same. The big difference is that you can lose most of your body parts and somehow still stay alive, but you can also respawn at any time too, so death is kind of impossible here.

As with Goat Simulator, Just Die Already lets you play however you want in an open sandbox world, creating whatever mayhem you want. There are objectives to complete in and out of the retirement home, though its really upto you how you play. The level of carnage and mayhem you inflict is of your own making, if you can get past the clunky controls that make even moving around difficult, which I suppose is part of the gag.

In terms of replay value though, Just Die Already does lose its appeal quite quickly. It’s definitely a funny game, but it does wear thin after a while and isn’t as polished overall as Goat Simulator, which is a sentence I never thought I’d write. The game does support co-op which does add a nice element and there’s definitely something of a guilty pleasure to be found here, while it lasts. The visuals are dated as you would expect, but it doesn’t look dreadful. It runs well for the most part and while you get the classic sandbox broken physics, it’s hard to tell with a game like this if its intentional or not.

The Verdict

Just Die Already isn’t quite as fun as Goat Simulator, but it does have its moments. The unpredictable nature of the controls, physics and old people in general make it a crazy experience that will keep you coming back, even if it’s in smaller doses.

Score: 7.0