Rocket League, or as I’ve called it since it came out, Soccer Cars, is a game where you literally play soccer with cars. It’s not a complex concept to grasp and it’s not a complex game to play. Mastering it is what takes a long amount of time.
Rocket League Gameplay
You are in control of one highly customizable, rocket-powered car and you can play on a team of 2 or up to 4 people versus other people with highly customizable, rocket-powered cars. Games can last as long as you want but the default is 5 minutes, which makes this a fantastic game for short play sessions.
Note that this is not a game that is good for people who may have motion sickness challenges with gaming. This is, however, a game that is great for children as long as you’re playing with people you know or against the AI.
Rocket League also has the unique advantage of being a game where you can play online with people who have a PS4 or an Xbox One.
Here’s some gameplay to show you how frenetic a match can be:
Rocket League is a marvelous game if you’re playing with people you know or with your significant other against the AI. Rocket League is/can be a horrifyingly bad game if you’re playing with the online community, which is surprisingly toxic and negative.
That being said, you can sub in as many people as you want in AI matches. So you can have just 3 people on your team versus 3 AI, or it can be 2 of you with 1 AI versus 2 AI and another person, etc.
Right now, we’ve got about 50 hours on the game so far between the two of us. And personally, I am not good at Rocket League and I don’t want to invest the time in being better. What I do genuinely love is my own meta-game within the game of smashing other people’s cars and being what Alex calls a “destroyer.” (Alex actually plays soccer regularly, I do not).
And there are tons of variations on the game that make it more forgiving for people with less skill. There’s the standard soccer cars maps but there’s also new ones over time like a hoops map similar to basketball, an ice hockey map where you’re hitting a puck instead of a ball, all sorts of stuff. They’ve also added maps where there are power-ups (a la Mario Kart) and that helps even the playing field a bit too, once you’ve figured out what each power-up does.
Oh and the cosmetics. They are splendid. No car will ever look the same and just playing games against AI or people gets you free cosmetics. There’s technically over 10 billion possible combinations and they keep adding more variations.
All in all, it’s a great game to play a few sessions with your significant other – kind of like a palate cleanser, or a way to play a game together during a really short period of time. And sometimes it’s just nice to turn the boost up to the max and drive around on the ceiling together for a bit.
Overall score: 8/10
Title: Rocket League
Game Type: Sports
Bartle Type: Socializer, Achiever
Player Count: 2-8
Average Play Session Time: 15 minutes
Type of Co-Op: Couch, Online
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS