Rocket League released on July 7th and quickly, excuse the pun, rocketed to fame thanks in part to being featured as a Playstation Plus free game of the month. To add to that, it’s actually really fun. Videos of people pulling off crazy trick shots and breath taking saves quickly began filling up gaming channels. So, with a newer game becoming so popular so quickly, you might have your kids wanting to play it, but the question is, can your kid play Rocket League?
Yes, your kid can and probably should play Rocket League. The basic concept of Rocket League sounds like something that came straight out of a ten year olds dream journal. You get to control customizable rocket fueled cars to basically play soccer with a giant ball on a large enclosed field. The only way you could make that sound cooler is if you could call in a T-Rex for penalty kicks (DLC maybe?). The controls are pretty simplistic; you have a forward and reverse, a jump and a boost. The skill is based on how you can creatively combine all of those to play offense and defense. Trick moves can also be performed like bicycle kicks to give your team the edge. You can also choose between having the camera be fixed on the ball at all times or free floating above the action. The only violence in the game comes from when you crash into another car while you are fully boosted causing them to explode. Players can complete seasons or exhibitions unlocking new body types and accessories for your four wheeled Pele. These range from flags to a fez or bull horns, even the color smoke your boost will produce.
This is a great game that you should have zero problem showing to your kids. The only warning that should come with this game is the ability to play matches online. While it is a completely optional part of the game, online play isn’t rated by the ESRB simply for the fact that no one can control how others will react when playing anonymously online. While I haven’t witnessed anyone but nice sporting players during my time with this game that doesn’t mean that don’t exist. There is a chat feature during online games, but most people use it for automated macro texts like “Great Shot!” or “Whoops!” Although, it should be noted that you can type in bad messages into chat, although with the time we’ve spent playing it, we haven’t noticed this abused. Parents who want to let their children play this online should follow some basic common sense rules and monitor whenever possible. If online play makes you nervous though, bot matches against computer controlled players are the perfect substitute and still make this a great game to recommend to children.