With Rocket League‘s release in retail stores, a whole new crop of players will be joining one of video gaming’s fastest-growing communities. If you are one of the few who has yet to boost around the stadium as a rocket-powered car, we’re here to give you the down-low on the key things you need to know going into Rocket League. From the basics to some quick tips that will make you look like a pro, we’ll make sure you’re ready to roll as soon as tires hit turf.
Being grounded is a good thing
While Rocket League highlight reels may be packed with flashy aerial plays, you’ll want to keep your car on the ground most of the game. The problem with going airborne is that you can’t control the car as well as you can on the ground, making you lose precious seconds should you need to change course. Instead of flying off into the sunset, keep traction and put yourself in solid position.
Defend the kickoff
Everyone wants to hit the ball in Rocket League, but there are many positions that you may find your car starting from during a kickoff. If you’re not in the front, there’s no reason to boost ahead and try to get to the ball before the other team—it’s just not going to happen. Call defense, and pull back to the goal. Your self-control may just save your team from an easy goal.
Use voice chat
We know it can be intimidating at times to voice chat with people you don’t know, but good communication is key to success. Whether you have a basic gaming mic or a top-tier headset, make sure to call ball so that your teammates are in the know. Teams that let each other know what’s going on on the field and that can quickly formulate new strategies over voice chat are always going to have an advantage over those teams who aren’t talking to one another.
Use the best camera for the situation
There are two camera angles in Rocket League: Regular and Ball Cam. While you’ll have better ball-awareness when Ball Cam is on, it’s much harder to strike with the precision that Regular Cam allows. Be sure to practice with both, and learn to swap between the two on the fly when need be.
Practice makes perfect
Don’t give up if you don’t pull off the perfect bank shot right away. Despite having simple controls, Rocket League is a technical game with an insane skill-cap. Plus, you need to remember that a lot of other players have far more practice than you do, so you can’t expect to be an expert right away. Play often, and focus on your weak-points—it’ll pay off.
Rocket League‘s retail edition comes with all three DLC packs that have been released thus far: Supersonic Fury, Revenge of the Battle-Cars, and Chaos Run. In addition, four all-new vehicles are also included, which will be limited-time retail exclusives.