Rocket League Switch Review

The idea of a Rocket League Switch version has always been a dream since the console was announced. Now that it’s here, does it live up to the potential?

When the Nintendo Switch was first revealed, Rocket League was one of the first games that came to my mind.

In many ways, Rocket League compliments the Switch perfectly. It’s a game that doesn’t rely on graphical fidelity, instead focusing on small moments of second-to-second gameplay that involves putting balls into goals with cars. It’s a simple concept but one that is oh so satisfying.

Rocket’s League Car Soccer mechanic is well known to many by now, so how has the Switch impacted on Rocket League’s runaway success since its introduction in 2015? In truth, it’s mostly positive and compliments the core concept of Rocket League so well.

The Switch is well known for its portability and being able to play Rocket League anywhere and everywhere immediately takes the Switch version to the very top of the game’s preferred platforms. Its five-minute games are perfect for a quick go here and there, whether it’s online through the competitive multiplayer scene or even against AI opponents. Although, given the weak standard of the AI, we’d suggest trying to catch a wifi signal in order to play against real-life opponents when you can.

Whether you want to jump straight into competitive ranked matches or just casual matches online, you’ll find yourself quickly getting dragged into Rocket League’s rhythm, where one great pass or goal can erase a history of minor mistakes that you make.

Making a positive contribution to your team in Rocket League is one of the most satisfying feelings in video games over the past few years. The Switch version allows it to be always accessible, which is a dream for someone like me who’s played the game elsewhere for a prolonged period of time.

It’s not just the 1 v 1, 2 v 2 or 3 v 3 Car Soccer that’s an option though. All game modes that were released on older consoles are here in full. So you can take on Rocket League’s Ice Hockey, Basketball or even the experimental Rocket Labs when you feel like moving away from the game’s main selling point.

One aspect of previous games that Rocket League doesn’t bring over though is access to more than just the standard cars. You’ll find that Nintendo-inspired Mario, Luigi and Samus cars are available from the start but long-time cars in other versions like the early Supersonic Fury and Chaos Run packs will cost extra like they initially did on other platforms two years ago.

The Switch version of Rocket League also isn’t as graphically pleasing as other versions, which is to be expected. You’ll see textures that aren’t as crisp as elsewhere but when you remind yourself that you have a portable version of Rocket League ready to go at any time, you can forgive Psyonix for the compromises that they’ve had to make.

One of the game’s great strengths is that it caters to all levels of ability. Even if you’re not the most skilled in competitive matches the game is fun enough on its own to offer you with hours of entertainment no matter how you want to play.

Despite some technical drawbacks, Rocket League is the perfect accompaniment to the Switch itself and everything the console stands for. We thought it was one of the best games in 2015 when it launches and we don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be adding it to your Switch collection anytime soon.

Rocket League Switch Review Conclusion

Rocket League is an absolute must on the Switch. Its pick-up-and-play nature shines through on Nintendo’s portable console that even minor technical drawbacks can’t dampen. If you own a Switch, you need to get Rocket League.

5/5

We tested Rocket League Switch after receiving a review code from Psyonix. Rocket League is out on now for Nintendo Switch.

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