Game Overview: Rocket League
Publisher: Epic Games
Platform: Playstation, Xbox, Switch, PC
Genre: Arcade Sports
Release Date: July 2015
Rocket League 101
- A competitive Rocket League game will feature two teams of 3 players facing each other to see who can have the higher score before the 5-minute timer runs out.
- The game features full cross-platform compatibility (players on different platforms can party up together) as well as cross-save (transfer player save data across multiple platforms).
- Both welcoming to newcomers and exhibiting an extensive learning curve for those passionate about honing their skills, Rocket League is a highly accessible esports title for those who may be unfamiliar with gaming.
- To score, players must hit the ball with their cars into the opponent’s net and at the same time, preventing the opponent from hitting the ball into theirs.
- If the time reaches zero and the score is tied, an overtime will commence that ends only after a team has scored.
- There are no positions like in typical sports. Offensive and defensive skills are necessary for every competitor.
- With each individual player controlling their own car, teamwork is an essential component of the game and can be the key to victory.
- Rocket League boasts a uniquely high skill ceiling due to its physics engine. Esports professionals and content creators are consistently discovering new and creative ways to outwit the opponent in “car soccer”.
- Players will need to achieve high levels of dexterity, quick-thinking, and communication skills in order to keep up with fast-paced gameplay.
- Basic mechanics of controlling your car in Rocket League:
- Jump/Double Jump/Flipping (forward, backward, side)
- Boost (extra speed; see below for more details regarding boost)*
- Aerial (using jump + boost to have your car “fly”)
- Air Roll (spinning your car while performing aerial maneuvers)
- *Players can pick up “Boost Pads” scattered around the arena in order to fill their boost gauge. The maximum amount of boost a player can carry is 100.
- Using boost will expend the boost gauge until it reaches zero.
- Boost Management is a highly vital mechanic involving the amount of boost a player is using in certain scenarios (conserve vs. expend).
- Combining these various mechanics, players can execute highly-technical individual or team plays on both offense and defense.