Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rocket League Review and Thoughts

Car Soccer at its Finest

     Rocket League, the spiritual sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, is, in its simplest form, car soccer. Cars hit balls into their opponents goals; beyond that, though, there is a deep game that leaves much to be learned. Tight controls and mechanics beyond a superficial level make this game a great summer title.

     Jumping, boosting, rolling, and driving up walls are what makes up the core, seemingly simple gameplay, but mastering the game will require an understanding of far more than those four things. Mastering directed double-jumps, aerial strategies, and strategic spins will help you gain an advantage over your opponent and the possible depth of this game is shown by elite players.

     Online play is a great way to put your skills up against people all over the world and can be played in 4 (8 if you count ranked play) game modes, 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4. You can play as a goalie and stay back and makes saves that help lead your team to victory, or you can rush the ball and score the goals that will help your team get the win. 1v1 matches show your true skill in Rocket League and make for some of the most intense matches the game has to offer, it's a great feeling to get a win after a neck-and-neck duel against your opponent. There is also a season game mode, where you choose a team, teammates, the difficulty, the game style (1v1, 2v2, etc.), and the season length. Difficulties range from Rookie, where the NPCs don't use boost or really try too hard, to All-Star, the hardest difficulty. Exhibition (Offline VS mode, or split screen) is also an option.

     Rocket League's tight controls, great gameplay, and simplicity make this game a great choice. Deep gameplay in ranked matches is where this game shines and shows its true potential of mastery. Rocket League is definitely one of this summer's best games and is going to be a part of ESL in the future.

My Personal Thoughts.

Rocket League is definitely fun and easy to learn, and despite the devs coming out and saying that there will be no additional tweaking or game modes, I can see me sinking even more hours into this game. To me, this game lacks staying power, and with the devs not willing to change physics, tweak balancing, or add new game types, I fear that people will get bored of this game fast, despite its intense matches. But, the game is still great.

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