Rocket League: Rocket Powered Car Footy Game with a Real Kick!
Rocket League is a rather late follow up to the ridiculously named ‘cult favourite’ (a nice way of saying not many people played it) Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars.
What’s it all About?
The premise is pretty simple – you pick a car, customise it, and face off against a single opponent or teams of up to four other players. In fast-paced five minute matches, all you have to do is score more goals than the other team. Whether you and your team mates decide to do this in the manner of all-out attack or more carefully picking your moments is something that will evolve naturally in each separate game.
Individual players will work toward their personal ranking as well as experience, the former used to determine their place among the world’s elite, the latter a progress metre that unlocks a ton of vehicle customisation options ranging from car hats to afterburner effects to paint styles.
Written words can’t really convey just how exciting, fun and engrossing Rocket League is. Simply put, it’s a fantastic multiplayer experience that manages to avoid most of the common pitfalls of modern multiplayer games – complex mechanics and hundreds of hours of time spent playing before feeling like you’re capable. The short matches allow players to avoid the utter despair of slogging through long matches with a team that just doesn’t work and also mean that Rocket League is a game that can be enjoyed even if you don’t have an entire evening put aside to playing games.
Technically, the game performs brilliantly. The server issues that occurred at launch have long since been dispelled, there are no performance issues to speak of, and the game performs well on a wide range of hardware configurations as well as the PS4.
The art style immediately grabs your attention. Each environment has been lovingly crafted and is thematically well detailed – from the train station to traditional football stadium. It looks gorgeous and yet does so without hampering high-level play.
Rocket League is available for €20 on Steam or free to subscribers of PlayStation Plus, and is easily worth the cost of either. It’s a fantastic game and one that will hopefully influence multiplayer titles for years to come. Well done Psyonix!