Xbox gamers can finally join in the rocket-powered football shenanigans as Rocket League bursts onto the Xbox One. Simple to pick up and play, Rocket League oozes charm and provides quick bursts of almost pure gaming ecstasy, whilst maintaining enough depth and skill to its mechanics to keep competitive gamers happy.
The first thing you’ll notice about Rocket League, even before you make it into an actual match is that it looks phenomenal. The futuristic sporting aesthetic and bold, contrasting colour palettes of orange and blue for the opposing teams, all combined with remarkable image quality make Rocket League quite the visual treat. Throw in the fantastic dance-pop soundtrack and you’ll do well to find a game that gives a better first impression than this.
There are a number of game modes to take part in, but these are all variations of the core concept; two teams of rocket-powered battle cars face off in an arena, attempting to score goals by knocking the giant ball at the centre of the field into the opposing team’s goal. The default game mode is online multiplayer, where you can search for games of one vs one up to four vs four. Matchmaking is quick and easy, even allowing you mess around in practice mode or the garage whilst you wait to join a game. If you’re not feeling up to getting smashed online, you can enter into either a one off exhibition match against bots or a full blown season where you and your team compete against others for the league title. These single player options are a nice touch and one people would be lamenting the absence of if they weren’t here, but in reality playing Rocket League against bots is a hollow and unrewarding experience. AI is notoriously difficult to nail down and Rocket League’s bots range from god awful to rocket-powered wizards depending on the situation. That’s kind of irrelevant though, the real reason the single player modes feel so lacklustre is because driving up the wall, bouncing off and scoring an amazing aerial goal is all for nothing if there was no one else there to see it.