Rocket League an absolue blast with friends or online
Published 21/07/2015 | 00:00
It's often that the simplest games make for the most fun, and Rocket League takes both concepts to the extreme.
Aside from the hectic aesthetic of the game, what's actually beneath the hood can be summed up quite succintly: you play an arcade-style game of football in identical rocket-powered cars where the laws of physics have been wonderfully coloured and skill reigns.
The main mode puts two teams of three into visually diverse but performance-identical vehicles that race up and down the playing field, using precise angles, devastating speed and aerial acrobatics to one-up and out-score the opposition. The great thing is, you don't need to know anything about either driving or football games to be able to play.
The rules and controls are simple and spell out an easy-to-understand message: drive fast around neon coloured arenas and do fancy tricks while trying to smash an endlessly ricocheting ball into the other team's goal.
The heart of Rocket League involved a physics engine that is best described as a more generous and forgiving variation on our real-world physics where the laws of gravity and momentum allow for driving along the walls and sharp direction changes.
Outside of the visceral gameplay, there are few features that truly flesh out the game. There's absolutely no difference between the cars performance wise, but there is a wealth of opportunity to change the visual makeup of your car.
While it's cool driving around sporting a pirate hat, it would have been cool to see some performance modifications for your ride. Perhaps not in the form of persistent performance modifications - which could affect gameplay balance - but some one-off improvements such as an EMP or jump boosts.
Rocket League is a rare title that makes concessions to actual content while making up for said concessions with absolutely excellent gameplay. Not so great for solo play but an absolute blast with a few friends, be it local or online.
PS4 / XboxOne