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Game Review: Rocket League

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By Bradley Winters, work experience student

Rocket League is a football game but with cars, available on PC, Xbox One and PS4. The cars can be customised with bodies, liveries, paintjob, wheels, boosts, trails, goal explosions and engine audio.

The game was created by Psyonix as a sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battlecars, which was only on the PS3.  Psyonix has cooperated with Hot Wheels, DC, Mclaren, NBA, Monstercat and Nintendo to create the game.

There are different rarities for different items: common, uncommon, rare, very rare, import, exotic and black market items are available for your every design need.  There are also many additional features to buy on DLC, such as the Vulcan, Masamune and the Proteus.

There is a market for the items you can get from crates, usually for keys (around £1.19 each) or other items. Items such as the Hexed only go for 3-4 keys while a TW Octane can go for 80+ keys, making it very expensive, even though the Octane is normally a free car.  Many people want Titanium White items as they are the rarest; however, the TW Dracos cost an extra 25 keys than their standard red and orange counterpart.

There are 27 different crates, each with their own items and trading prices, which also use the same keys to open each one.  The newest crate is the Ferocity crate which contains the Diestro import body and the Hex Tide UBMD.  Most bodies you get from crates may be painted and certified which makes it even more valuable (or less if it’s in Burnt Sienna – it looks horrible on most bodies and items).

A whole modding community has emerged for Rocket League, making improvements to the AI and ball physics (such as the curveball).  There are also eSports events which get the best Rocket League players competing in teams for the title of RLCS Champion.

In conclusion, Rocket League is an innovative game which is very popular and has a complex physics engine for doing aerial tricks and has a few world records set by the players.  I would rate this game a 7/10 as there could be more improvements made to help the newer players find their way.