rocket leagu review
Here’s what I said then: “Whether it’s online casual or ranked matches, no-pressure exhibitions, split-screen local co-op with up to four players, or an intense 36-week season mode, Rocket League is all about getting into the next throttle-pounding match as fast as possible.
Unfortunately, servers are still struggling, which means your mileage may vary day-to-day when it comes to online features.
But the silver lining is the mostly formidable AI can make even offline matches interesting and tense.
The execution of this simple idea is so strong and so engaging that it keeps bringing me back, time and time again, for just one more match.”
Now, nearly three years later and with all the additional updates, features, and new platforms (including the newly launched Nintendo Switch version), Psyonix’s insane formula of rocket-powered cars playing sports has only gotten better with age.
The great news is that the key ingredient in Rocket League hasn’t changed a bit.
The rules are simple: two teams of cars drive really fast around over a dozen glossy, brightly colored arenas doing fancy tricks and smashing an endlessly ricocheting oversized ball into the goal.
The satisfying heart of Rocket League very much lives in that arcadey feeling of fluid and unrestricted movement.
But there’s a golden layer of strategy and mechanical depth tucked inside the chaotic mashing of metal.
Timing a somersault, barrel roll, or bicycle kick to connect with the ball and send it sailing at a precise angle takes notable skill.
Those basics, when coupled with expert teamplay and mind-blowing booster-powered aerial maneuvers, solidify Rocket League as a game that’s still just as easy to pick up with a skill ceiling that’s hovering somewhere in low Earth orbit.
At launch, the content around that gameplay felt a little barebones.
Since then, though, it’s been substantially fleshed out with smart alternate modes that emphasize different skills and add variety.
The Snow Day hockey mode substitutes a dense, oversized puck for the bouncier soccer ball; Hoops is a basketball variant emphasizing aerial play; Dropshot is a two-sided floor-breaking mode; and Rumble mode deals out power-ups that disrupt players and influence the ball. It’s all a ton of fun.
And of course, the competitive playlist for the traditional 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 shines as the great ladder system Rocket League was missing to bring some-term goals to its pick-up-and-play ease, offering seasonal cosmetic rewards and bragging rights as you try to climb through the ranked tiers.