Rocket League Review

The hit indie sensation that gained a huge following after releasing free with PlayStaion Plus, does Rocket League deliver on the Xbox One? Bicycle kick your way down the page to find out!

Developer: Psyonix
Publisher: Psyonix
Release Date: February 17th, 2016
Platform: Xbox One
Copy provided by publisher

Do not judge a game by its cover. Even after seeing gameplay, hearing friends rave about it, and reading good reviews I still wasn’t sold on Rocket League. “Soccer with cars?” I said in disgust. But my senses failed me that day. Senses that I have come to trust over the years, but alas they still failed me. It wasn’t until I played Rocket League that I would come to understand the hype.

On the face of it, yes, Rocket League is essentially a game of soccer played with rocket cars. But there is an undeniable level of enjoyment amidst all the chaos. The standard game is played 3v3 but there are also options for 1v1, 2v2, and 4v4. The standard mode played the best in my experience. It incorporates just the right amount of teamwork while not being too chaotic.

Matches are played with a five minute time limit and the team with the highest score after the buzzer wins. Pickups around the arena allow you to fill your boost meter which is an essential part of the game. Your goal is simple, hit the ball into the opposing teams net. But with multiple players smashing their cars into the ball, sending it soaring across the field or even up the walls is a challenging task. There’s no pass button or play-calling. Jumping, barrel-rolls, and flips take the place of traditional kicks. This combination leads to intense matches and rewarding goals.

While Rocket League doesn’t have any drastically different game modes, it does offer a Season Mode in which players can play solo or in split-screen co-op. The real variety comes in the form of customization. There are a total of 18 vehicles, 6 arenas with variants, and hundreds of customization options.

The car customization’s include decals, wheels, paint styles, rocket trails, toppers, and antennas. But developer Psyonix didn’t just include random options, they also included game and community specific choices. For example there is a Gears of War emulsion rocket trail, a Halo Warthog, Sunset Overdrive Overcharge trail, a LYRIK flag, an Achievement Hunter flag, an MLG flag, and so much more. I love games like this that embrace the gaming community not only in terms of showing love for other games but the players as well.

On the surface, Rocket League may seem like a simplistic game without much to it. But once you actually play the game, you won’t be able to stop. Tons of customization options, vehicles, arenas, and chaotic gameplay will keep anyone entertained for hours on end. As a once non-believer, I’m now fully aboard the Rocket League hype train!

+ Fun and chaotic gameplay
+ Tons of customization options
– Lack of real gameplay variety

Score: 8/10



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