Rocket League

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Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Released: August 2018. Added to this library 5 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Overview

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.

Commitment

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.

Costs

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.

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.

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

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass. This game is free with PlayStation Now.

Ratings

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

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


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.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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