#5 Rocket League
Why Was It Chosen?
Everything that was good about Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars, tweaked and refined to near perfection and given a slick eSports vibe, with a much more user friendly title & killer soundtrack.
I’m not a huge sports game fan – or a sports fan in general – and Rocket League is, primarily, a sports game – it’s essentially a futball/soccer game. However, it’s the kind of sports game that’s super over the top – in the vein of something like NFL Blitz or MLB Slugfest more than FIFA or NBA2K – you’re playing futball/soccer with rocket-booster equipped RC cars, and when the ball hits the goal, it explodes and sends everyone near it flying. Your car can boost and fly through the air. It can hit supersonic speeds and demolish opponents on contact.
It’s certainly not the best game ever created – but it’s loads of fun to actually play, and that’s the important thing. It’s also one of those games that’s easy to learn, but difficult to master. If you know the basic rules of futball/soccer – then guess what? You know how to play Rocket League. Get to the ball and get it to the goal before the opponent, while keeping the opponent from scoring on you. It’s simple stuff. However, there is a lot of other stuff you can do on top of the basic gameplay. You can use your rocket-booster, for instance, to fly around the arena and hit the ball in midair. You have various dodge moves that you can pull off to hit the ball at different angles – Left and right, forward to pick up speed, and a backflip that stops you where you are. You can also angle dodges in pretty much any direction., and have a ton of control over your car while it’s in the air (Pressing and holding the Square/X Button allows you to pitch and roll the car in the air.).
Using these abilities, you could potentially learn to do some pretty slick stuff. Just don’t expect to do it on your first few games.
I loved SSARPBC on PS3, and Rocket League fixed pretty much everything that was flawed in it. Excellent work, Psyonix.