Aah, Rocket League. Such a simple concept, pulled off so very well. Whether you're boosting across the pitch in a last-ditch effort to save a lucky ricochet, or front-flipping over your opponents to score that sweet aerial, Rocket League manages to find that perfect balance between heart-racing tension and pure adrenaline-filled mayhem. But why has Rocket League been so successful, and why does it appeal to me?
For those who are unaware, Rocket League, developed by Psyonix, has possibly one of the most basic concepts of any game I've played in recent memory: Rocket-powered cars playing soccer (or football, for those across the pond.) Aside from a few separate game modes — such as ice hockey and yes, basketball — that's about it. Anywhere from 2–8 cars all trying to get a ball in the other team's goal. And that simplicity is part of why Rocket League is so successful.
Easy To Play, Difficult To Master
It's one of those games that is easy to play, but difficult to master, meaning that just about anyone can pick it up and have a blast with it, but if you put the hours in the goals turn into art. I picked up Rocket League during a free weekend on Steam, and within about two hours of playing I bought the game, and since then it hasn't stopped being fun. It's a game that's actually fun to lose, because even when you're getting destroyed, driving a rocket-powered car is never not fun. Make that a personalized rocket-powered car, and you're right on the money.
Rocket League has that almost childish feel to it. When you're playing, you forget you're supposed to take it seriously, and instead attempt to see how many goals you can get while driving backward. Now, don't get me wrong. The game can be serious, as proven by the already rather large Twitch and eSports scene, but I'm not nearly that good, so I'll stick to boosting around the pitch on the roof of my car, thank you very much.
It's Pitch Perfect
When you play Rocket League, you forget it's supposed to be competitive. The game grabs you, thrusts you onto the pitch with three other people, and tells you to keep driving and don't stop until the ball is in the goal. It's so ludicrously enjoyable, and is honestly some of the most fun I've had with a video game since my first ventures into the world of Garry's Mod sandbox. I highly recommend Rocket League, and I recommend you drag your friends along for the ride, too.
Did I mention you can get a DeLorean as DLC? And The freaking Batmobile? No? Well, you can!
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