Rocket League is Now Available on Switch

Rocket League was a phenomenon when it debuted in 2015, and two years later it shows no signs of slowing down. The unorthodox sports game is a mix of soccer and vehicular acrobatics that’s immediately engaging, but a high skill ceiling ensures that you can put hundreds of hours into Rocket League online and continue to improve your control over car and ball alike.

Rocket League makes the leap to handheld courtesy of developer Panic Button, the same team responsible for the respectable Switch port of Doom. And similar to that conversion, Rocket League’s visuals have been somewhat stripped down to maintain a steady frame rate under the Switch’s hardware limitations. The impact of the downgraded visuals can be seen in jagged edges and fluctuating texture resolutions, but unlike a game that relies on a world to set the stage for characters and narrative events, Rocket League’s Switch scars are easily overlooked. The only time they can interfere is when playing handheld, where choppy models make it difficult to differentiate between objects in the foreground and background on Switch’s small display. This, thankfully, is rarely an issue.

The game’s Nintendo-exclusive rides and their series-appropriate sound effects are small if charming touches that make the Switch version feel slightly more special than it otherwise would have. But the big new feature is local split-screen play on the go. Relative to the constraints of playing on a small screen, it works as well as you’d hope, to say nothing of the surprising effectiveness of controlling your car with a mere single JoyCon. Small and short a few buttons, they still cover almost every input on traditional controller setups. The one notable exception is the lack of a second analog stick for camera control when you aren’t locked onto the ball.

Switch players can engage in cross-network play with Rocket League’s Xbox One and PC community. As evidenced during our pre-launch tests, this system works without a hitch, and matches are readily available.

For people new to the game, they have a lot to look forward to regardless, as it’s one of the most fascinating sports games in memory. Nevermind if you don’t like football (soccer) or couldn’t care less about the growing esports community. Rocket League is a unique game that redefines the concept of what a sports game can be. It has been around for a while, but now that it’s on Switch, there’s no better time to give it a shot.

 

Added By: Stealth Gaming | Date Added: 15th Nov 2017

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