Another tale about my experience with an epic game and the aftermath this time… Rocket League.
This game has something for everyone:
- Cars (and plenty of them)
- Soccer, Hockey and Basketball
- Demolition Derby
- Achievement Hunting
- Global Ranking System
- Solo and Team matches
- Available on most of the current consoles and PC
And all of these are just the tip of the iceberg…
Let’s get this out of the way:
If you haven’t played Rocket League…. close this blog and find a way to get your hands on this game… Seriously! A must have that is loads of silly fun and a story creating factory for both sports gamers and gamer gamers alike.
All good things have to have a bit of a bad side and for Rocket League that comes in the form of a Crate….
After every match you have a chance to win a Crate. Woo-Hoo!! right?
Crates are locked and can only be opened with keys that have to be bought from the store of the system you are playing on, in my case it was the Xbox store. They only come in packs of 10 and at a little more than a dollar a key…. this price stinks. If you only have one crate that you would like to open and “pull the lever” in order to randomly win something cosmetic in the game, please fork over 10 plus hard earned fat ones.
Overall it doesn’t sound so bad since it doesn’t directly impact the game, but it seems to encourage gambling like mechanics. Unlock this crate and you have a shot to win something amazing!!!, however, most of the time you will win something that you will never use or even worse still need something else in order to use the item that you just unlocked.
My example comes from custom paints for cars: There was a type of car only found in one crate and within that same crate all of the custom paints for that car were also found in this crate. I happened to have three of that crate and out of my “spins” I won the same paint twice and a really nice set of wheels. Great!!! two things I can’t use and something that I will only use every once other match. The game allows you to trade in 5 items from the same crate to get an upgrade item from that crate but turning 5 dollars into 1 dollars is kind of a rough trade up lol.
The base game is great and Psyonix, Inc. has done a great job of adding new maps and game types over the years.
The only thing that I have against it are the Crate and Keys, if they would offer the options to buy the car and paint in a DLC like bundle after a few months of the Crates being out I could see the people buying keys and the like as wanting a chance to play with something a bit early and reward those who are willing to wait as well.
Get the game, convince some friends to sit down and play and check the time after a couple of matches and don’t be surprised when you are looking at 4am on a weeknight. The game has me hooked and I will be playing this one for a long time coming.
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