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A Breath of Fresh Fun – Rocket League

“Vroom vroom!” was how I ended last week’s recap. But this week, THAT’S how I’m going to begin! To all the gamers out there, this is for you!

Alright, some of you may have heard about a video game called Rocket League, which came out recently in July. Yup, I know I’m a little late on this, but I’m also sure that there is the rest of you out there who has never heard of this game before! Still, better late than never right? Being one of the freshest video game ideas I’ve seen in recent months and even years, I just got to share it with you. So, let’s get into it!

What is Rocket League?

Rocket League is a multiplayer video game with a very interesting & creative concept. I think the best way to describe it is to say that it is every man’s fantasy (generalizing here!). Imagine the “what if”of taking soccer and cars – 2 of man’s most beloved things and mashing them up together. Put that mixture into the Psyonix “Oven of Creative Developers” and BOOM! Out comes Rocket League. Why is it a “boom” but not a “ding”, which would normally be the sound of an oven you ask? Because I had a blast playing this game. *DING!*

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The rules of Rocket League are pretty simple. It’s exactly like soccer. Just that instead of being Lionel Messi (that’s another game), you’re now controlling the coolest car you would ever own. Actually come to think about it, I don’t think there are any rules in Rocket League. The only rule is “Have fun.” Hahaha but of course, the game still plays a lot like soccer. In a match, players from around the world are pitted against each other as 2 opposing teams. The round begins with the gigantic soccer ball in the middle of the field, and ends with the players from one side pushing it into their opponent’s goal. Then, the next round begins and the cycle happens until the whole match ends. Just watch this video from the REACT channel and you’ll get it:

Why Rocket League?

Why consider playing play Rocket League (and potentially over another game)? Cause it’s simple, easy to get into! Unlike real soccer or driving, this game takes you like what, 30 minutes to get a hang of? And you’ll be pretty decent in skill and on your way to victory. But more than just being easy to get into, this game is also most importantly, easy to get out of. Well, at least for me. If you watched the video above, you would notice that every match is only 5 minutes long – maximum. Sometimes, if you enter a match that is already in play, it’s even lesser! So if you’re just looking for a short break, this is the game for you. I’ll talk more about that in the next point, but the obvious reason to try out Rocket League is that it’s a heck load of fun. No matter whether you play it with your friends or with strangers, you’ll experience the adrenaline of a Formula One race and the hype of a World Cup match. That is why, when the game was available for free during the month of October for PS+ Members in Asia, I immediately grabbed it off the Playstation store without hesitation. Oh, and the game has cool customizations for your cars too.

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When to play Rocket League?

You know those moments when you have too little time to do something productive, but too much time to waste on doing nothing? Yup, those are the times that Rocket League will help you to kill time in the most entertaining way possible. I find this so true while waiting, especially while waiting for a phone call, a message or a short video to render. You know it’s coming soon, but you aren’t sure it will be that soon. Maybe it will take another 5 minutes? Exactly. This isn’t a game like DotA for example, in which 1 game can take you up to at least 30 minutes or more to complete. This isn’t a game that you need to commit to for the next hour, making you unavailable to your world in that time span. If you have self-control (LOL), you can even get into Rocket League for awhile in the midst of studying for an exam, while waiting for a fast food delivery to your home, or simply when you want to have some fun that will not take too much time or energy out of you.

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Where to play Rocket League?

Currently, the game is available on PC and PS4, featuring cross-platform gameplay between both mediums. Though I must mention, there is no known ways yet for players from different platforms to communicate with one another and manually form parties to play together. I guess it just happens by chance during matchmaking. But I’m sure some sort of feature will be released soon! So as you can probably already tell, this game is mostly played at home because the PC and PS4 machines are well, usually at home. But there is an alternative for PS4 players that I know of. Sony has this feature called Remote Play on the PS4, PS Vita and some of their smartphones. Simply put, it allows you to stream your Playstation 4, wherever it is sitting at home, to your handheld device, allowing for the playing of certain games (like Rocket League) while you are in a remote location away from the console. Of course, for this to happen, it requires the PS4 to be constantly on and the handheld device to be connected to the Internet. Just check out this cool video below by CorridorDigital, which features a little bit of Remote Play:

Who to play Rocket League with?

Soccer fans and car enthusiasts, but better still, family and friends that you are close to, especially if you are all geeks for such things. That’s right, Rocket League features split-screen gameplay, otherwise known as “couch co-op” in recent terms. This is an awesome way to get together with your fellow geeks either online or face to face; so pick up the controller, mouse, keyboard, headphone, skills and whatever, enter the stadium, and have a ball of a time! But maybe… you should play “just 5 minutes more?”

p.s. Not convinced that this game is for geeks yet? Just check out this latest car pack in Rocket League. Well, it’s not bad being a geek, we know how to appreciate stuff like that more. LOL.

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