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Rocket League is very easy to handle and terribly difficult to master. Follow our tips and you will go far.
While the Super Bowl is there to monopolize our American friends on what they call “soccer”, we Europeans, who know that “soccer” means “foot” and not “hand”, continue to defend the true definition of the word. But more than that, we represent our sport with fervor and intensity. And this even in one game in particular: Rocket League. If you don’t know it yet, you should know that it’s a soccer game in which you control cars equipped with propellers to shoot a ball into the goal, challenging opposing defenders.
It’s a bit like playing soccer while controlling a remote-controlled car that can jump and glide through the air. It’s great fun, it’s now free and, most importantly, it brings together a bunch of talented players to create a competitive and innovative scene accessible to all. But beware, newbie: you often make some mistakes that should be avoided. Don’t worry: we are here to help you.
This is NOT a single player game
Ironically, the first piece of advice to follow is also the one I would have liked to give to my children’s soccer buddies in the benjamin category. Rocket League is, like classic soccer, a team game. Not every player will have the chance to score a goal, but everyone is very important in your team. So don’t forget that going up to the goal to be irremediably blocked by the opposing team makes no sense if you could have made a pass to your teammate who was unmarked on the other side of the field. Be tactical: the scout you want to impress is not in the stands.
Defending is an art
Don’t be upset if you are the player furthest away from the ball at the start of the game. Yes, traditionally, it’s your job to stand back a bit and watch the ball from a distance in order to defend an enemy’s first attack. But don’t forget that defending is an art, especially in Rocket League: a good defender will always be more sought after in a team than a good attacker. And for a good defense, you have to calculate well the trajectory of the ball, the attackers coming towards you, and decide the perfect moment to go to the confrontation.
Practice your moves
Scoring a goal is not really the crux of the game in Rocket League. It’s about being the player who moves most efficiently. It’s not for nothing that the name of the game is “Rocket League” and not “Football Cars.” And to maneuver correctly in the air, there is no secret: you have to train. In training mode, familiarize yourself with the physics of the ball, but also of your car in the air. Try to bounce the ball against a wall and pick it up exactly where you want it. The most important thing is that you follow the ball in the air and practice bouncing it exactly where you want it to go. And if possible, also practice going to meet an airborne ball, which will save your offensive and defensive game.
One thing we don’t know at first is that Rocket League cars have their own physics. Hitting the ball with the bottom of your car won’t have the same effect as hitting it with the back or hood. It’s not like you’re playing with a scale model, and that’s where some of the subtleties apply.
Want to hit it hard straight on? Then use the nose of the vehicle. That’s right: it’s one of the strongest parts to hit the ball. So if you have a hard target to hit, you have to use it. The same applies to 50/50 when you meet an opponent: if you want the ball to fly over you without losing your advantage on the field, use your nose. Technically, the part that hits the most is the left or right corner of the front of the car. But this part is difficult to use correctly, so the nose remains your best asset.