Rocket League Review

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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.

OverviewOverview

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that can be achieved with the cars. Experts can use the cars’ jet-powered mechanics to fly and flip, and to dribble the ball with great skill – so much so that there are professional leagues where players compete for big prizes in front of huge crowds.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: @PsyonixStudios

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Matches last 5 minutes although there is overtime if the match is tied at full time, that extends the time. To get good at the game and achieve the coveted Grand Champ status, you need to put in many hundreds of hours.
 
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.

CostsCosts

Rocket League usually costs £0 to £15.99. 

Rocket League

 
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 will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) 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

Switch £3

Rocket League: Fast & Furious DLC Bundle

Xbox One £3.99

Rocket League: Revenge Of The Battle-Cars DLC Pack

Switch £3

Rocket League: Supersonic Fury DLC Pack

Switch £3

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game was rated PEGI 3. The content of this game is suitable for all persons.
 
This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Skill Rating: This 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.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.

 
Our Rocket League Accessibility Report details 33 accessibility features:


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