Okay, maybe the article title is slight hyperbole… but only barely. High flyin’ acrobatics! Full speed drifting! Hard hitting demolitions! Massive slam dunks! The time has finally come for one of the biggest surprise hits of the last few years, Rocket League, to join the Nintendo Switch.
This is easily the most played game in my Steam Library right now, and I could NOT be more excited that it’s coming to the Switch. Before I dive in further and take you down a rambling stream of consciousness of my excitement, let’s take a quick look at the TL;DR:
- Releases Tuesday, 11/14
- ALL content from the other Rocket League releases
- EXCLUSIVE Nintendo Switch, Mario-themed cars, paint schemes, and toppers
- Plays smoothly at 60 FPS on TV, tabletop and handheld modes for your Switch
- Cross-platform compatible with Steam & Xbox 1 players
Taking a step back from all the details, Rocket League is a wonderful blend of arcade soccer (from 1v1 up to 4v4), graceful racing and driving, and arena-based mayhem. When I first played it, it managed to make me feel like I was getting the best parts of Diddy Kong Racing, Twisted Metal, and Mario Soccer rolled up in to one fast-paced package. If all the above isn’t enough to get you going, the launch trailer should be enough to do the trick.
What I love most about Rocket League essentially boils down to a few things:
One, it’s exponentially more fun with friends. This is what excites me most about getting it on the Switch—endless possibilities for multi-player fun.
Two, games last just 5 minutes. This is perfect if you’re on the run or have limited time to play. It lends itself very well to casual and fun play with friends, while also transitioning us to my third point.
It’s a game with a low barrier to entry and simultaneously high skill ceiling. You can have a blast after just a couple of hours. If you love the challenge and work to improve you can pull of stunts that look downright impossible. The sky is the limit!
If I had to come up with a gripe about the game… it’s the way in which Psyonix has embraced micro-transactions and the random aspect of loot boxes is somewhat frustrating at times. They release great content, without question—the cosmetic items that everyone on the same level yet refresh the aesthetics of the game are fantastic. They used to have a DLC model that supported small $2-3 purchases for car models and extra decal bundles and instead started hiding these cars and decals behind random loot boxes. Spending extra money on the game and not getting the item you’re hoping for is tough. That said, think back to my bolded point a few sentences ago, I’m extremely happy supporting the way they have organically grown the game and listened to the community over the past few years.
Have fun playing Rocket League on the Switch, and happy goal-scoring!