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Rocket League (Nintendo Switch) Review

November 24, 2017 | Posted by Stewart Lange
Rocket League
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Rocket League (Nintendo Switch) Review  

The seminal car soccer (you know, I’m going to try really hard to not call it football) game Rocket League has finally made it’s way to the Nintendo Switch and it couldn’t be better. It’s not like it’s the most fun or best looking version of the game that we’ve seen, but the fact that it’s now fully portable makes for the most exciting release of the game to date as the ability to continue a game on the go it something I hadn’t realised I was missing until now.

For the uninitiated, Rocket League is a beautifully simple game in principle. The bastard child of Speedball and a Top Gear challenge, the game pits two teams of cars, ideally 3 Vs 3 against one another in a game of soccer in an enclosed stadium. You can drive on the walls, the car can jump and boost and you’re encouraged to play aggressively to defeat your opponents both on the pitch and on the scoreboard. The vehicles are customisable, so you can unlock and change the model of car, the colour and even a topper, giving you car a little hat, or Scotland flag, assuming that’s where you’re from. Like I’ve said, the beauty is in the simplicity and I’ve found it doesn’t even matter if you like soccer or cars to find Rocket League engaging and addictive for either short stints, or long gaming sessions.

Graphically, the Switch port does suffer slightly in comparison to the other versions of the game, although in full screen mode the differences are negligible. It’s really when played on the tablet that you’ll notice differences and some blurring. Thankfully, it’s not so noticeable during the heat of the game but it is definitely present. This doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s in tablet mode that the game truly shines and makes this a must-purchase title for the Switch. So far, I’m yet to play a game that truly takes advantage of the pick up and play nature of the console in the same way this does. I appreciate that it’s nice to be able to pick up where you left off on the likes of Zelda or Mario Odyssey, but with Rocket League being designed for shorter bursts of gameplay, it’s great to be able to play a game heading to work, one on your lunch, one on the way home and to be able to dock the console and pick right up where you were on your big screen.

Another big selling point of this version is the cross-play feature. Not only is there extensive matchmaking with other Switch owners, you can also play with Xbox One gamers as well. This is a fantastic feature and hopefully something we’ll start seeing a lot more often. I’m not sure how it would necessarily work with games that may require slightly more complicated button mapping such as FIFA or perhaps the WWE series, but it’s a step in the right direction and anything we can do to see this happening more is always going to be good. So far, I’ve had no issue finding a game quickly and even tethered to my phone the game performs well so there’s no issue playing anywhere you get a mobile signal, assuming your data allowance can handle it.

9.5
The final score: review Amazing
The 411
Despite a couple of minor graphical issues, this is a near-perfect port of an absolutely incredible game. It's another great reason to own a Switch so stop what you're doing and get this game.
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