Rocket League is a video game developed and published by the worldwide video game company, “Psyonix”, in which you play football with various cars and other vehicles. The game was released on PC and PS4 on the 7th July 2015. By the beginning of 2018, the game had sold over 6,000,000 copies and had over 40,000,000 players globally.
Rocket League is the sequel to Psyonix’s’ Super Sonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars’. Rocket League was adapted from its predecessor and has become popular within the eSports community, much like the FIFA franchise, with Rocket League Pros battling in heated competitive rounds to earn themselves cash prizes. The novelty sports game became free for Playstation Plus members after being voted game of the month, and was rated 8/10 by IGN, a popular gaming review site.
Several years after the PS4 and PC release, Rocket League finally came to the Xbox on 17 February 2016, and a year after that the game was on the hugely popular Nintendo Switch console. In 2015, Rocket League was awarded the title of Best Independent Game (Sports and Football game) at The Game Awards. In total, the game has earned over $110 million dollars in revenue, 40% of which came from the PS4 version.
Rocket League’s menu gives you the option to either customise your car, play with friends, train yourself or browse a showroom to unlock unique cars, hats and car aerials for your character.
Customising your car allows you to choose the body and paint job that fits your personality, and also allows you to add cool features such as alloys and custom trails.
Play with Friends mode allows you to join up with your buddies to beat the opposing team in a competitive match or in a quick play match. In the competitive game mode, you play to rank up each week and earn rewards in the form of Rocket League Crates which can be found in the showroom.
Finally, training provides you and opportunity to hone yours skills, while the show room allows you to open crates (similar to FIFA packs) and buy new cars with in game currency, which starts at $1.49. You can also unlock sprays for your car.
At the beginning of a match, you spawn as your car in one of three places: bottom left, centre, or bottom right. A countdown will appear at the bottom of the screen, giving you five seconds to prepare yourself for blastoff. Once the whistle blows, you race toward the ball to get the first touch which gains you more XP. As the game progresses, you can boost yourself by collecting the little yellow orbs around the map to give you a real, rapid advantage. You can earn yourself more XP by scoring a goal, and if you win the match you have the chance to unlock either a spray, hat, trail, car or tail.
Rocket League retails at £19.99 (GBP) and in-game purchases start at £1.49.
If you love cars and football, then Rocket League is the game for you, where you can customise your own cars and play football with your friends – what’s not to love?!