Game review on PlayStation 4
Callum Corcut / Tue 1st Dec 2015
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Not a fan of football? Fair enough. Not big on racing games either? No problem, because you're still going to love Rocket League.
Rocket League is a bonafide sleeper hit in 2015's catalogue of sports video games. The idea to combine rocket fueled racing cars with competitive football is a stroke of genius (also awesomeness). It really is as fun as it sounds.
When it comes to single player Rocket League is unfortunately bare boned but this is attributed to its primary focus as a competitive multiplayer experience.
When riding solo the player has the option to take part in a "season mode" of varying difficulty against AI controlled opposition. This coupled with the single-player tutorial modes allow for new players to learn the ropes before taking on human opponents.
These aren't the modes that will keep you coming back to the game but they are an integral part of the initial learning experience of such beautiful chaos.
This is where the game truly shines. A frenetic multiplayer experience that stays entertaining from the first hour to the 30th.
The controls are simple enough that nearly anyone can pick up the game and immediately perform something cool. However, the more time you invest the better the match results will be. I mean, aerial shots are a thing of beauty when implemented.
Rocket League boasts a number of multiplayer game modes (ranked and unranked) from 1v1 up to 4v4 matches. Colliding against a massive ball with small racing cars is insanely addictive and the rush you get when scoring in overtime or executing a last ditch effort to save a goal are unforgettable gaming moments.
All the visuals included in Rocket League are aesthetically appealing and contain surprising amounts of detail. This is most noticeable in the extensive vehicle customisation.
The ability to decorate your car with different builds as well as with hats and add ons look fantastic both up close and during games. The Fallout 4 Vault-Tec bobblehead as my antenna is a guilty pleasure of mine.
The explosion of the game ball when a goal is scored looks authentic and the rocket trails you can attach to your cars are incredibly crisp. These can range from gooey slime to elegant snowflakes to plasma trails.
The soundtrack to Rocket League is one of its most under looked yet strongest features. There is an assortment of catchy electronic music that are mostly composed by Psyonix sound designer Mike Ault as well as a few other electronic music acts.
These songs create hype even before starting gameplay and I even found myself just waiting at the main menu so I could listen to the rest of a particular song.
The matches themselves don't have any songs but instead produce clear sounding boosters, explosions and of course the sounds of motors and engines. The crowd roaring when a shot is taken and the subtle click when the tank is filled, all create an engaging atmosphere.
There is no other sports game this year that has completely and consistently captivated me the way that Rocket League has.
Whether it's on the couch with buddies or with sweat dripping down your brow in a tight ranked match. This is a game worth playing at least once and has easily scored its way into my gaming library.
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