Rocket League is a physics-based vehicle sports game developed and published by Psyonix. The game is best described as soccer with cars. It's a sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, which describes your vehicles well as they are capable of boosting and jumping.
The game flows as follows - two teams of up to four vehicles compete to knock a giant ball into the opposing goal. The arena is lined with quarter pipes and littered with boosts, so the vehicles can go in every which direction very quickly. It sounds simple, but like the real sport, there's a lot of strategy that can be employed.
Rocket League was released in July 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows (on Steam), with a Mac and Linux Port being released September 6, 2016 (again via Steam). The game also includes cross-platform play between the PC versions and the PS4 Version. An Xbox One version was released in February 2016, although Microsoft's policies kept that version relegated to between Xbox Live gamers until May 24, 2016 (sometime after Microsoft loosened those policies), which on that date the Xbox One version also received cross-platform gameplay between it and PC. However, PS4 and Xbox One gamers still can't play with one another just yet. A version for the Nintendo Switch is released in November 2017, complete with cross-play with the PC and Xbox One versions.
On May 1, 2019, Psyonix announced that the company was acquired by Epic Games. As a result of this, the game will also be sold on the Epic Games Store, alongside the Steam version.
Rocket League provides examples of:
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: At the end of every match, you earn a new cosmetic item. These include hats, wheels, paint patterns, and rocket boost trails.
- Anti-Frustration Features: This game has been released on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, but only PC players can really type messages to their team. That's why there are 16 different quick messages, 4 of which are informative and 12 other ones are reaction messages, making it possible for console players to be able to communicate with other players.
- Artificial Stupidity: The bots are not the brightest around. Some of the hair-pulling behaviour you will see from your bot teammates include blocking your shots on the opposing team's goal, crashing into you and sending you flying across the field at the worst possible time, and taking shots on your own goal (sometimes literally carrying the ball in a perfectly straight line from the opposing team's side of the field right into your goal). It happens most often with the bots set to the easiest difficulty, but it can still happen occasionally on the higher ones. Also, you'll rarely see this from your bot ''opponents'', regardless of difficulty, unless they also have human teammates to screw over.
- Awesomeness Is Volatile: When someone scores a goal, the ball explodes. You can even customize the explosion!
- Badass Driver: All participants in Rocket League are required to be ones to score goals and succeed.
- Car Fu: Encouraged, as going fast enough enables you to ram other cars and make them explode, taking them out of the game for a while.
- Character Customization: Loads of it, you can customize your cars' paint jobs, wheels, hats, antennae, boosts, trails...
- Cool Car: All the cars in the game can count as this, the game also includes customization options for them.
- Downloadable Content: Occasionally, new cosmetic items are put up that can be purchased with real money.
- The Supersonic Fury pack gives 2 new cars with all decals, 5 paint types, 2 hats, and 2 sets of wheels.
- The Revenge of the Battle-Cars pack also gives 2 cars from SARPBC, along with 3 toon versions of paint types, 2 wheels, 2 rocket trails, 4 toppers, and 2 antennas.
- The DeLorean is also available as DLC. Yes, that DeLorean.
- The Chaos Run pack also gives 2 new cars, 2 paint types, 2 sets of wheels, 2 rocket trails, 3 toppers and 3 antennas.
- Various incarnations of the Batmobile are available too. This includes the ones from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight Rises, and the 1989 film.
- The Hoops update gives 30 flags based on 30 basketball teams.
- The Neo-Tokyo update releases 4 cars (2 from SARPBC, 2 anime-themed cars) sold separately.
- The Aquadome update releases 2 new cars sold separately.
- The Starbase Arc update releases only 1 car.
- Two Hot Wheels cars (Twin Mill III and the Bone Shaker) were released for purchase.
- Vehicles from the Fast & Furious movies have also been released.
- Guest Fighter:
- Sweet Tooth's truck is an obtainable vehicle in the PlayStation 4 version.
- The aforementioned DeLorean, Batmobile, Hot Wheels and Fast & Furious cars.
- The Xbox One version has vehicles based on the ones seen in Gears of War and Halo.
- The Switch version has two vehicles based on Nintendo franchises: one that represents Super Mario Bros. (with one color scheme based on Mario and another based on Luigi) and another modeled after Samus Aran's gunship from Metroid (with an alternate color scheme based on Samus' Zero Suit).
- The Jurassic Park/Jurassic World jeep wrangler.
- Nice Hat: Amusingly enough, it's one of your customization options, and includes things like a fez and wizard hat.
- Nitro Boost: Available for all cars. It's accumulated by driving over special pads scattered around the playfield, with six containing a special sphere that maxes out your vehicle's boost.
- No Plot? No Problem!
- Orange/Blue Contrast: In normal online matches, the colors for the two teams are blue and orange.
- Product Placement: Well, to call these things "product placement" is a bit much, but to call them crossover items isn't really fully accurate either. Anyway, players can customize their cars with various items based on other video games (such as Fallout and Portal) or have community flags based on popular online communities on their antennae (such as Rooster Teeth and two of its divisions, Twitch, IGN, and Reddit).
- Somewhat played straight with the Hot Wheels and Fast & Furious cars.
- Rule of Cool: The game's premise runs on this. It's soccer with cars, why? Because it's cool and over-the-top.
- The Japanese tuner styled car from Supersonic Fury DLC is called Takumi.
- One AI team is called the Dragons, and are named after nicknames for characters from Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire; Imp (Tyrion Lannister), Hound (Sandor Clegane), Mountain (Gregor Clegane) and Viper (Oberyn Martell).
- Another AI team, the Bombers, are named after famous ghosts: Casper, Samara, Marley, and Myrtle. The Rovers are collectively named after astronauts (Armstrong, Buzz, Shepard) and a cosmonaut (Yuri).
- And another AI team called Team Rocket.
- The Chaos Run pack.
- Neo-Tokyo and its cars are both themed around anime. One of the cars, the Esper, is mentioned to resemble a bike.
- The Starbase Arc is themed around space, and the aformentioned car in this update is called the Vulcan.
- Stealth Pun: Its a game about playing sports with cars, so youre driving LITERAL sports cars!