My good friends at VG Newswire have been trying to get me to play Rocket League since the game launched. I’ve had a chance to review the game for the site, but I decided to pass. There has also been countless opportunities to buy the game while discounted exponentially, and again, I passed. But for some reason, maybe it was because the game was free time around, I decided to give it a go, play for an hour or so with my colleagues, and I’m here to report that i’m extremely happy that I finally decided to tried it out.
Earlier this month, Microsoft revealed during the company’s latest Inside Xbox episode, which is Microsoft’s take on a Nintendo Direct, that Rocket League would be coming to Xbox Game Pass, the Netflix-esque digital download service for Xbox One. While subscribing to this service isn’t free, running a $10/mo, Rocket League is definitely worth a download if you currently own Xbox Game Pass.
For those outside the know, Rocket League is essentially a game of soccer (or futbol if you prefer to say it like that) with lightning fast cars, and obviously the team with the most points wins the game. You can smash into rival competitors and take advantage of fun abilities, like driving around with huge pointy spikes or use a grappling hook to keep a tight hold onto the ball, but no matter which way you slice it, it’s a game of soccer. There’s tons of rolling to be had in this game, much like the traditional game of soccer, minus all the over-the-top drama and fake injuries.
Although I did take issue with the quick camera transition between plays, simply because it caused me to endure motion sickness, which really sucked, I am relieved that this matter can be addressed by modifying the control sensitivity.
Taking the game online and playing with cross-network friends is a complete and total blast! Even though we all couldn’t chat on the same platform, we were split between Xbox One and PC, connecting to online applications like Discord made communication simple. Playing with friends is truly the way to go.
I’ll likely play Rocket League again sometime in the near future. Maybe not today; maybe not tomorrow; but soon I will select my battle car and take to the field once again. If you haven’t had a chance to play Rocket League, on any platform, which it’s on everything now except for mobile, I would recommend you take a chance on the game and pick it up. You won’t be disappointed.