Rocket League

Rocket powered cars playing football.  If that sentence doesn’t excite you then this may not be the place for you.  Now, I may be a little late to the party in writing this, but the hoops game mode (rocket powered cars playing BASKETBALL) has just been released and so it seems like the perfect time to talk about this.  Also the people have demanded it apparently.  I’m not really much of a fan of sports games, although I am a bit partial to the occasional racing game.  So this was an interesting game for me to have a go at.  Thankfully it’s brilliant fun.  Especially online.

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You can obviously customise your rocket powered football car with hats.  My daughter chose the cake.

The game’s premise is exactly what you’d expect, 2 teams of 1 to 4 rocket cars try to stick a ball in a goal.  There’s really not much more to say than that.  It’s the game’s execution that makes it what it is though.  Speed boosts, wall driving, back flipping cars scoring goals.  The lunacy of the matches adds to the fun as cars smash each other out of the way to header (roofer?) the ball into the goalmouth for a team-mate to leap through the air to put the ball in for the lead.  The basketball mode is fairly similar, just a lot harder to score.  Controlling the ball in the air using a super-sonic car is about as difficult as it sounds.

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The basketball games, like most of the modes in fact, tend to start with everyone making a mad dash for the ball.

I found it a little tricky to get to grips with playing the game at first.  Keeping track of the ball as well as 5 other cars meant I spent a lot of time crashing into other players and driving up the walls.  Obviously I’m something of an expert now and score goals constantly.  Sometimes I even score in the opponent’s net!  I’m just that good at it now.  The game is great fun online against other players (of which there seems to be a never ending supply!) but the single player Season mode is a good place to go to learn the ropes.  You get a lot of content for your money!

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See!  I told you I could score goals!

Rocket League was developed and published by Psyonix.  I played the game on Playstation 4 and would recommend it if you like having fun.  Hope I see you on the pitch sometime!

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