Rocket League – Review
Play soccer with cars! It’s an understandably ridiculous concept that can easily be brushed aside in obscurity. Rocket League hit the internet by storm, and with good reason: it is simply an outrageously fun game. Easy to pick up, yet difficult to master, Rocket League will provide hours of addicting fun.
A sequel to – get ready for it, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, the much simpler, Rocket League, continues with the same concept of playing soccer with rocket-powered cars in five-minute matches. Anticipating bounces with physics-based gameplay, players can jump, roll, flip, climb walls in 360 degrees, and propel their way around the pitch. This diverse array of maneuverability really raises gameplay to another level.
All of these moves would be a disaster if the camera was sporadic, but the camera rarely becomes an issue. Players have the option to easily switch between a free-roaming camera and a ball-tracking camera in the middle of a game with the press of a button. I almost exclusively use the ball-tracking option as it provides a constant awareness of the action.
While the game is at its best in 1vs1, 2vs2, 3vs3, and 4vs4 multiplayer, there is also an option to play entirely against bots in single-player. Those longing for a co-op experience will be glad to hear matches can also be played with a friend via split-screen. Additionally, PS4 users can play cross-platform with PC users. One area where the game is lacking is the exclusion of certain modes for multiplayer. While single player has a Season Mode, it is sadly missing from multiplayer as well as the capability of forming your own team in ranked matches. The good news is it is highly likely new modes and features will be added for free in the future.
Fans of customization will have a great time modifying their vehicles with tons of accessories that unlock the more you play. Some may be disappointed by each car performing virtually the same, but I think adding unique stats would act as a detriment to gameplay. There is no doubt that only a select few cars would be used if that were the case as competitive play grew more serious. Instead every car is on a level playing field aside for a slightly bigger hitbox on some.
Putting the bells and whistles aside, Rocket League is just pure fun. You can casually pick up the game and perform moves, score goals, and make saves that can make you feel like a superstar. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a play slowly develop, and then suddenly pulling off an insane aerial hit at the last second to score a spectacular goal. While it’s an extremely simple concept, there is a surprising amount of depth and real skill on display. I can seriously see this game becoming a competitive e-sport.
Graphics are an improvement over its sequel, and they are good enough to not be a distraction, but graphics are not the reason to play this game.
The soundtrack is quite good, but I wish it was a little more prominent within the game.
Playing Rocket League was the most fun I’ve had in a multiplayer game in a very long time. It provides the perfect level of challenge while still being fair at the same time. The freedom to drive your vehicle in ways limited only to your own imagination really fuels my competitive side by making both offensive and defensive playstyles feel equally rewarding. I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the unexpected influx of players causing server issues, but I have not experience such problems. I strongly recommend playing Rocket League especially when you can pick it up for free on PS Plus during the month of July for the PS4.
Style – Single-player/Multiplayer, Sports
Publisher – Psyonix
Developer – Psyonix
Release – July 2015