Ladies and Gentleman, here lies the future! Today is a day in which we can sit on the sofa, lie in bed or stand up with an angered expression on our faces as we smash cars into one another in the twisted metal orgy that is Rocket League.
Reviewed on: Xbox One
Also Available On: PlayStation 4, Steam
Release Date: Out Now
At its heart Rocket League is the lovechild of Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear, Mad Max: Fury Road and a clean cut angrier David Bowie in Labyrinth. However the result born from this mismatch of ideas is something utterly magnificent, the game shines through, just as it always has since its launch on PlayStation 4.
You may be saying to yourself, “hey, isn’t this the game that’s all over YouTube and has over 6 million sales already and is being praised by everyone everywhere?” To that, I say yes, yes it is.
But this is the shiny new Xbox One Edition and so I digress into what is different.
Honestly, not a huge amount, though there are new cars based on Xbox exclusive games including Halo’s all time favorite vehicle, the Warthog. There are also cars based on other fan favourites such as Gears of War and Sunset Overdrive, as well as decals, antennas and other accessories based on the franchises. But is this enough to justify the purchase for multi-platform gamers?
In a word, no. With a massive community built up around the PlayStation version, having been out now for almost a year, it is going to be very difficult to tempt players across the console divide, but that said, now those committed to Microsoft’s console can finally get in on the action and the addition of fan favourite franchises is just an added bonus to an already great game.
The Xbox One Edition itself runs magically, it has been ported perfectly with everything in working order from the day one launch, which in the modern market is absolutely unbelievable, even the biggest developers have not managed such an achievement in recent years – Yes, I’m talking to you 343 and EA, take note.
The gameplay has transitioned superbly to the new platform, it is just as fast, fluid and fun as its predecessors. With past experience with this game, I myself took great pleasure in being awarded MvP (most valuable player) and scoring a hat-trick (three goals) in my first game of 3v3, proving that I hadn’t lost my touch, it felt great to play.
The graphics are fantastic, glossy and the frame rate is brilliantly consistent on the new hardware. The one issue I did face, however, was some server-side lag in some of the non-European servers I played in, being from the UK. That said, the EU servers were flawless.
While the game itself plays brilliantly, the Xbox One edition of Rocket League is significantly further back in the production line than its predecessors which means that some of the new content, such as the snow day DLC, has not yet been released. Psyonix are, however, working on distributing this DLC as soon as possible meaning that Xbox One users will not be at a loss in time.
Rocket League: Xbox One Edition still has the game but is missing some of the goods, for now.