XBOX ONE Rocket League

Last updated date: September 6, 2019

DWYM Score
9.5


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Overall Take

Sporting enthusiasts will love XBOX ONE "Rocket League," which combines the thrill of racing games with the challenge of sports. Your challenge will be to hit a large ball into a goal using the car you've chosen as your game piece. You can choose between one-on-one competition or compete in teams of four. In our analysis of 194 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Rocket League placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best Cool Game for a detailed review of all the top cool games.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
376 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The great news is that the key ingredient in Rocket League hasn’t changed a bit. The rules are simple: two teams of cars drive really fast around over a dozen glossy, brightly colored arenas doing fancy tricks and smashing an endlessly ricocheting oversized ball into the goal.
- IGN
December 5, 2017 | Full review
Rocket League is the epitome of simplistic game design, honed to perfection. There is nothing in the game that doesn’t absolutely need to be there, aside from optional cosmetic stuff that players can unlock. The thrill of last second goals, the amazing feeling one gets from pulling off an epic move, and the sheer joy that comes when your team is playing at its best will happen over and over again.
- Attack Of The Fan Boy
February 18, 2016 | Full review
The variety of playfields are impressive as well, from a Harry Potter-ish field with trees surrounding it, to a back-alley style setting (but fitted in an arena) to the Mad Max inspired Wasteland arenas, where anything goes and flames shoot out of the goals upon scoring.
- Game Crate
February 22, 2016 | Full review
The majority of Rocket League’s achievements are extremely quick and easy due to the fact that you can unlock a large number of them in Exhibition mode, which allows you to play alone or adjust the game with mutators to increase your chances of completing the required tasks.
- True Achievements
Rocket League is hugely fun – it's such a simple game to pick up and play, but it has a high degree of potential for mastery. When I first started, I was thrown in with other newbies who all just chased the ball around attempting to hit it.
- US Gamer
February 23, 2016 | Full review
The beauty of Rocket League, and where it shines, is the simplicity of it. You play games of one versus one, or in teams of up to four against each other in a Mad Max style arena where you can drive on the walls and even on the ceiling with enough power
- God Is A Geek
February 18, 2016 | Full review
The gameplay isn't hard to understand, hit the ball into the goal and win. Boosts add a little more excitement to the game in a way where you can basically fly with your car. The controls can be changed to your liking so there no problems there.
- GameSpot
The joy of Rocket League is in finding all the pre-nudge possibilities and permutations and becoming so attuned to your car’s movements that explicit thinking evaporates, leaving only instinct in the eternal battle of who’s gonna nudge next.
- Games Radar
February 19, 2016 | Full review
Rocket League also excels in the design side of things, giving you a whole host of interesting cars to drive which can be customised to a heavy degree. Everything from the wheels to the antenna to the colour and even the vapour trail your boost leaves behind can be customised, meaning that in online play, you rarely see two of the same car.
- Richer Sounds
July 19, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Unfortunately, servers are still struggling, which means your mileage may vary day-to-day when it comes to online features.
- IGN
December 5, 2017 | Full review
The lack of cross-play, and some worrying technical hiccups in very rare occasions are the only things keeping it from being the definitive version of Psyonix’s sports gaming masterpiece.
- Attack Of The Fan Boy
February 18, 2016 | Full review
The lack of a spectator mode is noticeable, but no matter.
- Game Crate
February 22, 2016 | Full review
The only real omission is that the Xbox One version doesn’t have the same cross-platform play that was offered on PC and Playstation 4.
- True Achievements
There is very little to criticise about, but perhaps the cars could be made to feel a little weightier, and the physics do seem a little off at times, but it seems churlish to pick up on these things when what has been delivered by Psyonix is a fantastically fun, frenetic multiplayer game.
- God Is A Geek
February 18, 2016 | Full review
The additional time has not led to the definitive version, sadly - the smaller pool of players is to be expected at first, but the absence of cross-platform play maroons the Xbox crowd on its own little island.
- Games Radar
February 19, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Welcome to the Rocket League arena, where football and driving collide! Winner or nominee of more than 150 'Game of the Year' awards, Rocket League is a high-powered hybrid of arcade soccer and driving with rewarding physics-based gameplay. Take to the pitch for a fully-featured offline season mode, multiple game types, casual and competitive online matches, and special "Mutations" that let you change the rules entirely. Express yourself with one of the deepest customization systems around and battle opponents on other platforms with groundbreaking cross-network play!

Overall Product Rankings

1. XBOX ONE Rocket League
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 9
2. PS4 Minecraft
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
3. PS4 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 33
4. PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 34
5. PS4 Horizon Zero Dawn
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 12
6. PS4 The Last of Us
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 11
7. Red Dead Redemption 2
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 34
8. Grand Theft Auto 5
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 19
9. NBA 2K19
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 24

An Overview On Cool Games

Gamers are familiar with all the games on the market. But the same games can get old after a while. Whether you’re looking to ramp up your library or you’re a newer gamer, the good news is that there always seems to be something new on the horizon. In many cases, though, that simply means the latest revamp of an old favorite.

The first thing to look at when you’re shopping for new games is the type of console you have. While many games feature versions for each of the most popular console types, you will find some games that feature cross-platform play functionalities. This means that you can play other people, including your friends, who aren’t on the same gaming console you are. If this is important, look for a game that promises that.

When it comes down to it, you’ll choose a game that features the premise that most appeals to you. You may like role-playing games, where you inhabit a character and take on challenges. Then there are sporting games that have you competing with others to reach a particular goal. Games like “Minecraft” are more about creating things, which is a different type of challenge. Whatever type of game you prefer, you can easily find plenty to choose from, no matter which gaming console you own.

Graphics are also important, particularly if you plan to play on a larger screen. Some games put an emphasis on fancy, vivid graphics, while others stick to a more simplistic design. While many games on the market today will satisfy that craving, some are known for slick, detailed graphic design. This not only gives you pleasing visuals while you play, but it can also make you feel more immersed in the experience.

One small factor you may want to consider is the soundtrack that comes with the game you choose. With some games, you get an audio experience that adds to the fun, including a high-quality selection of music. In a game where you’re spending considerable time on a task, like swinging around a city on a spider web, an entertaining soundtrack can make a big difference.

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The Cool Game Buying Guide

  • A game’s premise is a large part of what makes it fun. If you’re into sports games, XBOX ONE’s “Rocket League” may be worth checking out. With “Rocket League,” two teams race around arenas with the goal of getting an oversized ball into a goal. Get enough boosts and your car can practically leave the ground.
  • If you’ve been gaming for a while, you’re probably already familiar with “Minecraft.” PS4’s “Minecraft” continues the popular game by giving you more worlds than ever to explore. “Minecraft” has players breaking blocks, digging and building the world they want. It’s a far more sophisticated version of Legos.
  • Role-playing games are especially popular with gamers, and PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” is one of the best. When you play “Assasin’s Creed Odyssey,” you’re a sellsword in war-torn Greece, where Athens and Sparta are at war. One issue with this game is that you may feel it gets a little repetitive over time, especially if you spend a great deal of time each week playing. It has two different gameplay modes to help keep things interesting, and choice is one of the best things about “Assasin’s Creed Odyssey.” You’ll either choose guided or exploration mode from the start, and you’ll be assigned one of two characters, Alexios or Kassandra.
  • You’re probably already familiar with “Spider-Man,” whether through the games, movies or comic books. PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” brings an original plot with all-new adventures to keep things fresh. But one of the most enjoyable parts of this game is swinging around New York City. You’ll probably find that you’re spending more time swinging than playing, at least initially.
  • Today’s gamers put a lot of weight on how well-designed a game is. This is especially true if you’re trying to make the most of your big-screen TV. If graphics are your priority, PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” or PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” might be the best way to go.
  • PS4’s “Minecraft” continues its tradition of simple graphics. In newer versions, however, the traditional block format is used to create an atmosphere that includes fun forests, mountains and deserts.
  • If you prefer group gameplay, you’ll like the options with XBOX ONE’s “Rocket League.” You can play one-on-one or in teams of four.
  • PS4’s “Minecraft” includes an extra called a builder toy. This lets you customize your gameplay, including flying and turning off monster damage. This will be a welcome feature if you eventually tire of playing the same game over and over.
  • PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” is a prime example of how a strong soundtrack can enhance your gaming experience. While you’re enjoying the thrill of swinging around New York City, you’ll get one of the best soundtracks found in gaming.
  • Although the music in PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” stands out, the voice acting is what makes this game unique.
  • Whether you’re new to gaming or you just need a guide through your game, PS4’s “Minecraft” doesn’t disappoint. Simply launch the tutorial and it will help you get started. This is also great for those parents who want to acquaint themselves with the ins and outs of “Minecraft” before letting their children play.
  • PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” also provides ease of use. The controls, menus and interface all make for a great gaming experience.