A Parent’s Guide to Rocket League
It’s essentially soccer with cars… right?
Yes! However, there is a lot more to unpack with this fast-paced, action-packed sports game! We here at Esports Tower have all the information you need to know, and keep you on pace with your child as they climb the ranks!
What is Rocket League?
Rocket League is an online sports/action game in which players try to move a giant ball into a goal using nimble, rocket-powered cars. It plays just like soccer, though there are no formal positions and very few rules.Rocket League is an online sports/action game in which players try to move a giant ball into a goal using nimble, rocket-powered cars. It plays just like soccer, though there are no formal positions and very few rules.
The game’s straightforward controls, which include steering, boosting and a bunny hop jump, are simple to learn but can be combined to create astounding feats of aerial gymnastics. Novices will consider it a win if they get a clean hit on the ball; elite players will leap, flip and swoop through the air as they bang the ball back and forth across the spacious arenas. In addition to the standard 3 vs 3 setting, the developer Psyonix, has added a wealth of modes since its 2015 release, with variations that recall basketball, ice hockey and the classic video game: Breakout.
Rocket League’s appeal also lies in its playful customizability. Players can outfit their cars to look like buggies, trucks, race cars and with more options such as paint jobs and accoutrements like flags and hats. These are awarded through play, but can be found in purchasable crates as well!
Is This Game Playable Offline?
Yes it is! Though it is best played as an online game, players can play offline and solo so that they can get themselves warmed up and ready to take on the online competition. If you want to learn how to play right alongside your child, Rocket League offers offline tutorials where you can get the gist of all the basics and also some of the more advanced techniques.
Once you feel confident in your base skills, you can then continue on into exhibition matches. These are matches that are held offline with your friends, and can be in any format that you see fit! It can be a 1 vs 1 duel, a 2 vs 2 doubles, or even a 3 vs 3 standard. Any way you want to play and whoever you want to play with; all offline!
Rocket League also includes local split-screen multiplayer. What this means is up to four players can go at it offline on one TV (they can also head online and take on the world together), though it can get a little confusing if you’re not using a pretty big screen. But at its core, Rocket League is all about hopping online and improving through live, online gameplay.
But, How Safe is it Online?
It’s extremely safe! There is no in-game voice chat system, meaning players play the game while not using the microphone. Instead, players rely on pre-set text options that can convey key gameplay information.
Players can also type their own messages, but developer Psyonix employs an advanced language ban system to keep things clean. Compared to most online games, Rocket League’s player base is relatively non-toxic!
Is it Suitable for Kids?
Though the learning curve can be quite steep, Rocket League is a game that is great for kids of all ages. With a rating of E for Everyone, it is a game that has no violence or questionable content. Providing players with a game that is vibrant, colorful, and full of life, this is a game that is not only suitable for your kids, but for people of all ages!
If your kid loves Rocket League and wants to take their game to the next level, then enrolling at Esports Tower can be the next step in their development. At Esports Tower we offer bi-weekly coaching sessions, and weekly opportunities to play in a tournament setting, all for $5 a week… the same price as a fancy latte!