My ‘Rocket League’ Addiction
For the past 3 weeks, I’ve done nothing but play Rocket League on the PS4. I sit in front of my television for hours, zipping around in my Hot Wheels type of car, hitting a gigantic ball, and crashing into other players, 5 minutes at a time.
This soccer game seems easy, and it is! Even my non-gamer friends who have never owned a piece of gaming hardware in their lives were able to score a few (lucky) goals their first time playing.
I’ll be honest, in the beginning 90% of my goals were all luck, but after a week of playing virtual bumper cars, I graduated from Rookie to Semi-Pro. By now I’ve learned the first lesson of Rocket League:
Just because you CAN hit the ball, doesn’t mean you SHOULD hit the ball.
Too many times, I’ve either centered the ball for the opposing team to score, or just scored on my own net. But after playing for a while, you realize you don’t need to be pedal to the metal all the time. Eventually, I made my way from Semi-Pro to Pro, then on to Veteran. I knew when to strike, when to stay back, where the ball would bounce and how to hit it in the direction I wanted it to go; but things weren’t getting easier.
As I made my way into the higher levels, so did a lot of other players. Rocket League is pretty good at matching up players in their servers, and knows not to stick me with all rookies. This meant no more easy goals like this. Actual skill, such as learning to do aerials, was now a requirement to win. With that being said, the challenge of beating other veteran players is what keeps the game interesting.
Although this game is no longer free for PS+ users, at $20, this game is a steal for the amount of time you’ll spend playing. I’ve spent countless hours in one sitting and even squeezed in one or two quick matches before heading back into my real life.
Will I be playing this game for a long time? Definitely. Who knows, I might even start to watching some of the bigger MLG matches.
So, if you’re looking for a game with addictive game mechanics, I’d highly recommend giving Rocket League a shot.