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For children, the e-sports-style competition of online play is a big draw, but they will also enjoy playing with other family members in the same room. Young players will spend time practicing mechanics (ability to control the car on the ground and in the air), rotation (intelligent positioning in relation to tram mate and competitor cars), kick offs (racing to the ball at the start). They practice the mechanic side of the game using training packs to repeat hard manoeuvres.
To get started use the tutorial, free play modes and play with other family members. It will seem near impossible at first but with practice you can start to develop better control of the car and the ball.
Cross-Platform: You can play against people on different systems: Xbox One, Switch, PC and PS4.
You can play this game in the following styles:
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although younger players can enjoy mucking around with the cars and the ball, Rocket League only really comes to life as you get the level of skill to play competitively. It can then become an avid hobby and introduction to esports for teenagers.
Our Game Pathways reveal how 13 - 15 year-olds play this game:
- 15 - 13-year-old: Finding His Game
Account RatingYou need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
Rocket League used to include "loot box" style items you paid to unlock, but this switched to Blueprint items that you can see before you purchase. You can purchase a premium Rocket Pass that unlocks content including new premium customizations, battle-cars and player banners. It also gives an XP Boosts to speed progression.
In the Options you can choose to have the game camera always point towards the ball. You can also choose to have an arrow pointing in the direction of the ball. You can use Mutator Settings for a match to adjust:
- Timewarp: When close to the ball the game slows down.
- Slomo: Reduces the overall speed of the game.
- Ball Max Speed | Slow: The ball moves slower.
- Ball Size: Make the ball larger and easier to hit.
- Boost Amount: Unlimited boost can make it easier if you struggle to collect in the game.
- Demolish: Turning this off reduces visual flashes from cars exploding and reduces stress level in the game.
The game can be played with a single button for accelerate and a joystick, with additional controls such as jump, and boost available to those who can access them. The PC and Xbox iterations of the games can be co-piloted to another player if required.
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