Many college students tend to find various activities that take up valuable time they could be using for studying. They find distractions through music, movies, video games, or a laun dry list of other alternative activities. My personal study kryptonite is a fascinating little video game called Rocket League.
To give you a better idea as to why this game has sucked so much of my time away (a whopping 109 hours according to Steam) let me explain just what Rocket League is. It’s a physics based soccer game where you play soccer with cars. Cars with rockets on them. With a ball that explodes when it crosses the goal line, sending all the players in the general vicinity flying in every direction.
Take a look at these few gifs to get an idea of what I’m talking about.
If that doesn’t at least get you a little interested I’m worried that we won’t be able to be friends. It’s basically what you would get if you asked a group of 6 year old boys at soccer practice what kind of soccer video game they’d like to play. And I mean that in the best of ways.
Despite that, though, Rocket League was not created by a team of small children. It was created by Psyonix, a game development studio founded in 2000 that previously co-developed the popular PC game Unreal Tournament 2004 in 2004 and the aptly named Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars in 2008.
As the name might suggest, Rocket League is actually a sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, with the basic premise of the two games being essentially the same.
At it’s core, Rocket League is a relatively simple game. You see the ball, you go towards the ball, you hit the ball in the direction you want to go. In that way it’s a pretty easy game to just pick up and have fun with.
However, like most games, there is another layer of difficulty to it. All the awesome things in the gifs linked above are all done either through incredible luck or an above-average skill level. So although it is a relatively easy concept to grasp and therefore not entirely difficult to get familiar with, Rocket League can get to some insanely high levels of play.
To get a feel for just how crazy it can get, watch this video from one of the best players to have virtually sat in the driver’s seat of Rocket League car, Kronovi. As someone who has played a lot of this game and is painfully average, let me say that most of that stuff in that video is insanely hard to consistently do.
So if you’re a college student looking to waste some valuable study time or if you’re simply looking for a simple, fun game to dive in to, Rocket League is definitely a good choice. It might not be the most complicated game you will have ever played, but there’s a fair chance it will be one of the most interesting and most enjoyable games you have spent time with.
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