I like to think of myself as a ‘all-around’ gamer – basically, I don’t just stick to one genre of game, I like to play a little bit of everything. But I generally stay away from sports games, mainly because I don’t see the point in playing football or baseball on a console when you can go outside and play the physical game with friends. So, naturally, when I heard about the game Rocket League, I thought I would give it a look and probably not like it.
How wrong I was.
This game, developed and published by Psyonix (the makers of Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars in 2008 and Nosgoth) is where the player controls and rocket-powered car to hit the ball and score goals. In other words, it’s a cross between a demolition derby and football/soccer game. It’s simple, yet addictive, as with any competitive video game. It also comes with a tutorial incase you’re worried.
With Rocket League, you have up to four players on each team (online or split-screen multi-player). As with any football game, there are goals on either end of the field/arena and boosts are also scattered across the field. With your car, you can corkscrew, dive and even destroy enemy vehicles. You gain additional points for aiming to score, clearing the ball and assisting with goals. The player can also use Ball Cam to aid them. And of course, whoever scores the most goals (or who does forfeit the match) wins.
At the end of each match, you unlock customization items – including different vehicle bodies, wheels, antennas, colours, patterns, rocket trails and even hats. Some include a top hat, viking horns and a wizard’s hat.
Since it’s release on the 7th July, Rocket League has become a commercial success from it’s predecessor SARPBC. It has received positive reviews and reached a total of five million downloads on both Steam and the PlayStation store, while being given PlayStation Universe’s award for “Best Sports Game of E3” and GamingTrend’s award for “Best Multiplayer Game of E3” earlier this year. Rumor has it that Rocket League is going to become a competitive e-sport too.
DLC for Rocket League, called Supersonic Fury, was announced three days ago (July 30th) which include two new car bodies (Dominus and Takumi), five new paint finishes, twelve new decals, two new rocket boosts, two new wheels and spinners. Plus, a new arena (Utopia Coliseum) and Spectator Mode (for free). It will be released later this month.
Rocket League is available on Steam and PS4 (it’s currently free if you’re a PS member!). But don’t worry if you buy the PC version and your friend buys the PS4 version – the game includes cross-platforming, so you can still play together (or against) eachother.
- Watch the announcement trailer here.
- Watch the DLC trailer here.
- Check out the official Rocket League YouTube channel here.
- If you want to watch commented gameplay, I highly recommend watching the YOGSCAST play it (Hatfilms, Kim, Sips & Sjin).
Thank-you as always for reading! Hope you enjoyed.