Rocket League Review
Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.
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.
View our choice of games like Rocket League. This game is good if you want to:
- Take on a mountainous challenge
- Play BAFTA nominated games
- Harm no living thing
- Play games good for autistic diversity
- Raise aspirations through esports
- Dip toe in older teenage games
- Learn about aeronautics
- Play games not needing fine motor control
- Generate dopamine
- Combine dexterity and instincts
- Nourish youthful ambition
- Play together with one Joy-Con
- Connect and challenge friends
- Play with people on different systems
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online. 4 on the same console, although more advanced players compete as the sole player on their own console against online opponents. You can play in online games with up to 3 platyers on each side.
Cross-Play: You can play against people on different systems: Xbox One, Switch, PC and PS4.
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This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.
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.
The following in-game purchases are available:
Rocket League: Chaos Run DLC Pack
Rocket League: Fast & Furious DLC Bundle
Rocket League: Revenge Of The Battle-Cars DLC Pack
Rocket League: Supersonic Fury DLC Pack
Skill RatingThis game is enjoyed by 12+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. 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.
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.
- 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.
Our Rocket League Accessibility Report documents 33 accessibility features:
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