Psyonix Studios has released amazing games for quite some time. With titles like Gears of War, XCOM, and Mass Effect under their belt, I think it’s fair to say that these guys are pretty darn good at making some grade A game beef. So when they decided to do a remake of one of their smaller projects, appropriately named “Super Sonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars,” (catchy right?) it’s no wonder it sold over 15 million copies within its first year.
The end result being Rocket League, the fast-paced, soccer-based, most fun you can have with an RC car game on the market. The only appropriate way to describe the game is simple – soccer played by remote controlled cars that have nitrous.
Oh, and there is always going to be someone better than you. Just a fact.
The cars can be customized in many different ways: colors, paint jobs, antennas, hats, or “toppers,” if you will. Psyonix also includes content from other games that you can use to customize your vehicle. If you’ve been waiting for the chance to put the Goat from Goat Simulator on your antenna, your extremely long and oddly specific wait is over. DLC is purchasable for around $5 each, and only add extra customization, not to mention a huge ego boost. The game features normal 3v3 mode of soccer as well as 1v1, 2v2, 4v4 and specialty modes, all of which get updated for free by Psyonix roughly every month.
So, why should you play this childish competitive monstrosity? Because it’s bad as frick, that’s why. The game is the definition of easy to play, impossible to master. The controls are simple and fluid. The game modes are very straight forward; round thing goes in square hole. However, when you face your first high-flying, goal scoring, salt serving opponent, you’ll quickly understand there is more to this game than meets the eye.
The only downside that the game has to offer at this point is the ranking system. Psyonix is attempting to be a trailblazer with a new form of ranked matchmaking where you are ranked by your skill level and not by wins. In theory, this is a fantastic idea. The reality is that you most likely will not be placed among people of the same caliber as you and it’s nearly impossible to move up in rank.
But, that certainly doesn’t take away from the fun of this game. Matches, on average, last about 10 minutes and you’ll be having fun, or sulking in agony, the entire time (depending on your lag and your good-for-nothing teammates). Rocket League went on sale originally at $20 but can be found at many charity sites and retailers for a lower price, usually due to promotion, or just general love of the game.
Steam Retail: $19.99
TL;DR: Rocket League is easy to play, hard to master. The game is super fun and pretty cheap. Only downside is ranking system. People will always be better than you in this game, period. Seriously, some kids are just nuts.