When I first found out that Rocket League just hit stores, and most importantly, that it’s available on Steam, I quickly logged into my account and bought it without even flinching. Why would I do a stupid thing like that? You might ask. Well, because I’ve been waiting for this soccar game – pun intended – since I first found out about it this January.
It’s the sequel to the 2008 SARPBC – Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars – which received mediocre reviews. But you see, developer Psyonix has learned from past mistakes, and Rocket League was the most played multiplayer game at this year’s E3 Event.
It pairs demolition derby elements with soccer mechanics – I know, I know, it’s called football in Europe, or Fubtol in South America, and it’s basically a religion, but let’s put that aside for a moment, and enjoy Rocket League, shall we?
Rocket League has been officially launched for the PS4, and PC, and it supports cross-platform play. This means that your PC elitist buddy who bought the game on Steam can get his butt wrecked by a master console gamer i.e you, dearest reader.
At the current moment, Rocket League has over 2 million downloads, with over 150,000 concurrent players trying to become the new Michael Beckham of the auto-moto-football medium.
Rocket League – The most entertaining football match I’ve ever played
Considered the best game to play when you have a 5 minute break, Rocket League doesn’t stop to amaze even after playing 100 ranked matches. I know, I’ve gone overboard with it.
The thing is, it doesn’t feel boring, or lackluster. In fact, it’s one of the best things that I’ve ever played. I didn’t excel in sports when I was young, and now, when I’m quickly approaching my 23rd birthday, I have realized that I will never play basketball and just need to relax. I have come to terms with my non-existent athletic skills.
But here’s the Catch 22 – Rocket League pumps me with adrenaline. It makes me want to go out there and do sporty things. But, why even bother when I have this little gem by my side?
Every moment while playing the game is about deciding what to do, and when to do it. Everyone wants to score goals, and everyone wants to pull-off a hat-trick. But, if you don’t formulate a solid defensive strategy, then you’re in a for a world of pain.
Rocket League pins players in duels, 2vs2, 3vs3, and the confusing, but highly entertaining, 4vs4 fiasco bonanza. While it gives players without an internet connection the ability to play against, and with bots, the game was designed with human players in mind. The A.I. is pretty great, but you’ll get bored out of your mind just playing with Bot 1 who doesn’t get mad when you steal a goal from it, and Bot 2 who just doesn’t care if you’re the only one defending.