If you are looking for something different, Rocket League has you covered. It is like a combination of Mario Kart Battle mode and soccer, something that you should find interesting and fun for a few minutes, and then move on to something bigger and better. But it is actually something that has a competitive and long-lasting impression. It could eventually become a competitor for Street Fighter and DOTA.
The concept of the game is similar to soccer. You try to get the highest score by making it into the opponent’s goal more often than they get into yours. The difference, you ask? Why, you control rocket-powered cars instead of human characters. There really isn’t much more to it than that, and it’s a rather fun experience from the start.
It gives you the option to play online or offline, and even a season mode to allow your skills to remain in check. It has the standard exhibition modes and training too. Online play is where the real action is, as you have the options of playing from 1v1 up to 4v4, and each match is five minutes long.
The following steps are all it takes to get started, and the reason Rocket League is expected to stick around:
- Boot up
- Select online play
- Select parameters (1v1, etc.)
- Enter the game
- Play and have a blast for 5 minutes
- Finish and go again
- Come to the realization that you are late for something and forgot to eat
- Keep saying you won’t do that tomorrow
- Repeat the following day
The overall length of each match lasting only five minutes seems rather short, but in the end it feels just right. When it’s over, you just want to start again and again, it’s really addictive. Although, if the rounds were longer than five minutes, it could become boring and more like a chore to make it through. If they were shorter than five minutes, it wouldn’t feel long enough to really get interested.
The gameplay itself provides many options from one-on-one to four-against-four. You will also consider how to approach each match, how to best defeat the opponents and destroy the cars of the other team. Then, chasing the ball around is also just as much fun and has no tactical aspects. The cars are controlled like they would be in an arcade style game, with great physics as well. You have control over the accelerator, brakes, left, right, and of course your rocket boost and jump features.
It is hard to sum Rocket League up in a few words that will express the excitement that you get from something as simple as driving these little rocket cars around and obtaining a larger score than the opponents. The best way to really get the full experience of the game is to simply go buy it and try it out. It is available on PC and PS4, and we think it is worth the price.