Football is pretty good, right? But what would make it even better? Maybe if most of them weren’t as slow as Per Mertesacker? Well, worry no more, people; instead of playing FIFA and having to suffer through dribbles that never seem to end, you can now switch the game up and move yourself over to football’s newest game – Rocket League.
Rocket League was released on July 7th on PlayStation 4 and PC for £14.99, but if you’re a member of PlayStation Plus, you get this chaotic car/football game for free. Non-subscribers may be wondering why they should pay £15 for a game that seems like a novelty, and understandably so, but Rocket League is such a blast that you won’t be able to put it down for hours, especially on the harder settings.
To start off, you can play any number between 1v1 and 4v4 on Rocket League, the sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars. The more players you have in each team, the less time you will see on the ball, but the action never stops. During a game, you can play anywhere on the pitch and there are no assigned positions, but needless to say that if you decide to try and play in-between the sticks, you’re going to have a bad time. A lot of the action is in front of each goal and you will find that the action changes from end-to-end incredibly quickly.
The key component of what makes Rocket League so much fun is speed. Each car has a boost meter, which will deplete the more you use it, but don’t worry, even though the meter falls to zero very quickly, you can gain more by running over boost pads, and certain boost pads even max your meter out.
In game, you can choose between playing online, in exhibition mode, or in a full-on season mode where you go head-to-head in a league with other teams and then the top four at the end of the season will go up against each other in a play-off and final. The jumps in between each difficulty are pretty severe. In rookie difficulty, no opposition or team-mates will use their boost at all, but when you move up to pro and all-star, they use their boosts to full effect, which makes scoring that much harder.
To start off, it’s recommended that you begin on rookie difficulty, which is more fun and easy going before moving up in the rankings. On rookie difficulty, you can even score from kick off if you boost in the right way, but after doing that ten times a match, you’ll need a new challenge. While this makes the game sound repetitive, you’ll soon find out that just one game isn’t enough, and that with just five minutes per game, you’ll easily get sucked into playing for hours on end without realising.
Rocket League hasn’t come without its issues though. As with all new games, there are kinks to iron out; PlayStation users have already complained that leaving the game on its menu for just ten minutes is causing their consoles to overheat. Not only that, but with so many new players, the servers haven’t been able to deal with the amount of players who want to join the online lobbies, which has seen a large number of gamers not be able to get into any games at all.
That being said, Rocket League is an immensely fun game to play, and if you’re a PS Plus user, this is definitely worth a download.