The release of Rocket League on the Xbox One has been fairly divisive. When the game launched on PS4 last year, it launched as a free PS+ game, which lead many to believe that it was only fair for the same to happen when it came to Xbox One this week. The failure to launch it as a GwG saw many a gamer throwing their toys out of the pram and refuse to buy it (on my Twitter feed anyway). So is Rocket League worth the £15.99 price tag?
In short YES. My family and I have had a huge amount of fun with this game.
Now unless you've lived under a rock this past year, you'll at least have heard of Rocket League. It's football (or soccer) played with cars instead of people - which when I first heard of it made me think of the Top Gear episode where they had two teams of Volkswagen Fox's playing football. Rocket League is NOT that realistic - and it's all the better for it. Your cars can jump, boost an drive up the mesh walls in this absolutely batshit crazy game.
The mechanics behind this game are amazing. It is the epitome of the "easy to pick up but difficult to master" game. My son and I dived straight into a 1v1 against each other the minute the download was finished and we had great fun. He thought he was brilliant at it...then we ventured online. It was an education to say the least, and has since seen my son watching videos on YouTube so that he can get better "and beat everyone".
The single player mode is a little dull in comparison to the fast and frenetic online (or even couch co-op) mode. The AI doesn't really seem to increase in difficulty much as you work your way through Season mode, but its an ok way to while away sometime and get more accustomed to the controls, or try out any new techniques. But the best thing for me was that it has 4 player split-screen. We're a family that likes to game together, so any game that gives us the opportunity to all sit down together and play is golden with us.
Now obviously I'm not gonna recommend you buy this if you have it already on another platform (unless you're friends play on Xbox) but for anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of playing Rocket League yet, I definitely recommend you pick it up!
9/10 BUY IT!
A code was provided for the purpose of this review.