Ranked play exists, but it limits the options – duels, 2vs2’s, and 3vs3’s are accepted, but the chaotic mode of 4vs4 where everything is a destruction-waiting-to-happen is not.
More so, Rocket League has an awesome 4 player split-screen option which is available both online, and offline. There’s something about games that makes it easier for groups of friends to huddle up at someone’s flat, and just enjoy a night of co-op gaming – whether it is casual, or hardcore. It just makes me all giddy up inside.
The game can be played with a keyboard, and mouse, but keep in mind that developer Psyonix recommends you play Rocket League with a controller. Although, some gamers on reddit have noticed that kb+m lets the player be more precise.
You can jump, double jump, and boost your speed to reach your side of the field, and nick that almost-certain goal from the enemy team. The huge ball-shaped stadium where you play can be used to your advantage. It’s actually recommended to jump on the sides, and on the ceiling to get the upper-hand.
Vehicles are maneuvered easily, and the huge bouncy ball doesn’t feel like you’re hitting a brick wall – it’s beefy, andwell, super-bouncy.
Upgrade wise, there isn’t that much to say. There are only cosmetic upgrade – change the spray paint of a car, add a bumper sticker, or mayhaps a hat. Make your car the Wizard of Oz, if you like – but this time, add a huge neon-blue moustache, and a huge star paint on the hood a la Paul Stanley of Kiss.
As you advance in your soccar career, in offline, and online, the game will reward you with experience points, and the more you play, the more vehicles you’ll unlock. But a fair warning, unlocks are totally random.
Gameplay feels refreshing, and I never thought possible that a little game like Rocket League could make me so goshdarn happy, and excited, while playing it.
The feel you get when you obliterate your enemy just before he can kick the ball in your net is super satisfying. More satisfying is the almost instant respawn timer. You can experiment all you like, without the fear of waiting 10, to 15 seconds to get back into the game. Respawing is made easy.
Rocket League isn’t about who destroys the most cars, or who scores the most goals. It’s about teamwork – although, you might not notice this because everyone will want to just pummel you to the ground, or get buried with the ball.
Driving is deliciously fun, and playing matches represent a healthy, and very welcomed, stress relief.
A Rocket League Update is set to roll out pretty soon, notes Psyonix, that will repair some connectivity issues. I haven’t experienced any problems while playing my Steam copy.