Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tit For Tat: Rocket League

Who would've thought a game about giant balls and fast cars would be as popular as it is awesome...
I would not have imagined that driving a little car around an arena while attempting to play soccer could be so much fun. Rocket League, from Psyonix, has taken the world by storm with its simple formula of Soccer plus Cars equals fun. This simple idea is fleshed out by pairing the tight controls in the car handling, with a great physics engine and a dash of visual flair. By visual flair, I mean explosions and flying cars.

On the surface its cars knocking a giant soccer ball around an arena but when you really dig in you find that it is a game that actually portrays the feelings of being in an actual soccer match. You are forced to work together as a team (for better or for worse when playing over the internet). You are encouraged to play both defensively and offensively. You can both be an asset or a liability to your team. When games are decided by a single goal in overtime the pressure is real and can be quite intense. Helping your team to victory in those final overtime situations is probably the best satisfaction I've gotten out of gaming in a long while.



Rocket League manages to combine over the top sports gaming with a deep multiplayer action experience. All while keeping its sense of humor. Check this one out, its pretty awesome!



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