Rocket League Reviews

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Mr Velezbian
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Mr Velezbian
TA Score for this game: 3,721
Posted on 02 March 16 at 23:42, Edited on 02 March 16 at 23:46
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ROCKET LEAGUE REVIEW

CASUALLY COMPETITIVE GAMING AT IT’S FINEST
Rocket League is the genre mixing game I never knew I wanted so badly. Taking soccer and ramping up the action by throwing rocket powered cars into the mix makes for a surprisingly great formula, one that I have been impressed with match after match. After playing hours and hours of matches, I am still blown away by how intense and fun the 5 minute matches can be. This is the epitome of what casually competitive games can be, and other developers should take note of how important a structure and formula like the one Pysonix has brought forth with Rocket League can be. The terms “easily accessible” and “anyone can play” are used often and truthfully so, but I do not think there has ever been a game that I have been more sold on than this that supports those phrases.

During my time with the game I invited a variety of friends and family to play, all of which had amazing responses too it and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s already become a staple in my girlfriend and I’s entertainment selections, and I have longed for the day where I finally found something that she genuinely wanted to play and that game is Rocket League. It’s perfectly balanced, and I do not say that lightly. Before online gaming was a household thing, competitive split screen sessions were the norm. In those days, practice meant a lot more than it means now, but practice is still important in Rocket League and this is legitimately praiseworthy in an industry filled with micro-transactions and pay to win schemes. What players are presented with is a customizable car that is purely aesthetic, 5 minute ranked or unranked matches, and a friendly community that all seem to love the game they are playing.



There are several different match types that usually just vary the amount of players. These are 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4. While I have played each type, my preferred mode was the standard 3v3. It felt a bit more balanced than the rest in terms of pacing and arena size. The matches follow the basic set up of soccer with two goal, but no player has to be a goalie. Everyone is free to drive around and go nuts for the ball. There is a surprising silent comradery to be found, as you can quickly chat with everyone via the D-Pad text shortcuts. Players can still play offline, participating in Exhibition matches as well as customizable seasons that mirror other sports games like Madden without the statistical depth. Even better is playing split screen, which supports up to four players at once on Xbox One. It’s an absolute blast, and the concept could have easily worked on any generation of consoles as a popular party game. The 5 minute length of matches make the notion even truer as you can play 6 matches in a row without much time going by. It just works.

The cars control like a dream. You can boost and dodge, which help sink the shot or block the opponents. The maneuverability of the car takes practice to master, but it’s so satisfying to knock the ball away or score with explicit accuracy. Better yet, all of this is done in fully customizable cars. Nothing affects your stats, which in my opinion is great. Among the customizable parts are the tires, bodies, paint, accent patterns, antennas, toppers (hats), and boost effect. Many of these are original, but a lot are also licensed pieces from other games. On the Xbox One, there are items from Halo, Gears of War, Sunset Overdrive, and more! Much of the DLC from the PS4 and PC versions of the title were included in Xbox One, but regardless the amount of unlockable pieces is impressive.

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The potential for continued support extremely exciting to consider. During my time with the game an additional mode was added called Snow Day, which I believe is not permanent, added a fun twist on the standard gameplay. In Snow Day, you are treated to a hockey themed 3v3 match where the floor is icy and the ball is replaced with a puck. This mode is extremely fun and just as good as the original ( I hope its here to stay) but is just one of many examples of what can be done with the game. A new Esports series was recently announced for Rocket League, as well as a collector’s boxed version and Batman v Superman DLC. The game is insanely popular and after playing the hype is without a doubt supported by the fantastic gameplay.

Rocket League is phenomenal. This is one of the few games on the Xbox One that I prefer to play online. It’s fair and balanced, with a formula that needs to be respected and mirrored by future games. Backed by an extremely cool original soundtrack, near-perfect gameplay, Unreal Engine 4, and a rock-solid formula, Rocket League deserves all the high praise it gets. It is a stand out game in an increasingly growing crowd of competition, and if you were like me having only heard of it but never played, change that as soon as possible. This game is truly for everyone, and is genuinely fun for everyone.

10/10
+Perfectly Balanced Formula
+Casually Competitive
+Easily Accessible
+Awesome OST
+Proven Support and Future Potential
-Can’t Save Car Set-Ups

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boldyno1
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boldyno1
TA Score for this game: 4,088
Posted on 24 March 16 at 22:03
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Rocket League is a Xbox One Racing/Sport game developed by Psyonix and costs £15.99.

Having heard a lot about this game I was very eager to get this and I am so happy I did as this is an absolute joy and pleasure to play, this game is so much fun.

The games basics are that your playing football but it doesn't involve humans instead you are a car. I love football and a I love racing so its an ideal game for me but anyone who plays it will have such fun as it is amazing.

Simple idea but everything about the game is amazing, You can play a variety of players on each side in 5 minute games trying to outscore the other team.

There is a season mode playing v the CPU but the real joy is in playing other players online in 5 minute games. The games are so fast and frenzied that it just flys by while playing. Anyone can pick this game up and play it, its that simple.

Accelerate, Brake (Why??) turbo, jump and turn that's all that's needed to know. The cars can be customised by unlocking items after each game and though none affect the cars performance its great to see a great deal of customable items across each of the cars in the game.

While I played the game a number of DLC packs were made available and I'm sure there is many more to come including the batmobile etc so players can pick and choose which car they want to use and I'm sure it will bring lots of money in as well.

The stadiums look fantastic and shows of the impressive graphics in the game. The lightning of the game is equally impressive and shows how much time the developers have put into this game.

The music and sound is fantastic and the bashes and bumps along the way have never sounded as good.

The game deserves so much praise there is not one bad thing I can say about it and I'm just so glad that it is now available for Xbox owners. Buy it, its a joy to play and you will have so much fun be it online or split screen with friends at home.

For completionists I managed to get the full 1000 in approx 10 hours, the achievement list is fun and even though there are a couple of grinds you don't actually mind doing them as its so much fun.

Please give this game a try you wont regret it.

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joFuRi
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joFuRi
TA Score for this game: 2,039
Posted on 01 June 18 at 13:09
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Was a bit unsure at first as it had been around for while and games like this if you are behind the curve when you join online you get destroyed and never win or there is never one online to play with as they have moved to another game.
However i must say the online server are very good at matching you to people at the same or slightly better ability to allow you to enjoy the game. The more you play the more experienced you get and so do your opponents which is good.
Game itself is mainly an online game, but those without PS Plus can still play offline against bots or a friend in split screen. Playing online those is what this game is made for

Very nice bright visuals which are a pleasure on the eye and with games usually being 4 mins long. With the odd stoppage for a goal keeps it very fast pace and constant changing of opponents/team member meaning one game is never the same.

Like the game due to the fact you can just pick up play a couple of games and drop unlike some of the other like COD where you get sucked in for hours.

Great game!!
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