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4 weeks ago

Rocket League’s servers died after it went free-to-play yesterday

Rocket League went free-to-play yesterday, which, naturally, caused loads of new players to hop into those funky little football cars for a few matches. The game's new competitive season began, too, bringing in a load of returning players as well. Unfortunately, Rocket League's servers did not like this. Not long after the game updated, the servers went down and players struggled to connect to its…

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1 month ago

Rocket League’s car kickabout goes free next week

Rocket League is almost, finally free. A little over 5 years after its debut, videogames' favourite vehicular footy match is going free-to-play and moving to a new home on the Epic Games Store next Wednesday, September 23rd. It's leaving Steam to do so, sadly - but if you pick up the keys within a month of its Epic debut, you'll snag a free $10 to…

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2 months ago

Feature: The future Jamiroquai foretold

Everything you need to know about VR before you start

Ever since I squeezed my face into David Braben's Rift hole (humblebrag), I've been a VR convert. I've moved house three times since then, and each time I've managed to tether up some sort of VR system, from the pokiest of rooms to my reasonably spacious home office. That last one is not a humblebrag, as I'm far too humble to do two in one…

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3 months ago

Rocket League is leaving Steam to go free-to-play this year

Hey, can you keep a secret? See, I still haven't played Rocket League, and I'm a little worried it might be too late. Fortunately, developers Psyonix have just announced that they're making their spectacular car footy game free-to-play later this year - but there's a bit of a catch. Once it ditches that pricetag, Rocket League is leaving Steam's parking lot, taking its acrobatic hatchbacks…

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4 months ago

Feature: One Off The List

The 10 best cars in videogames

From an early age, humans know that if they want to be taken seriously, they must learn how to deliver a convincing car noise. Vrrrrummm, they might say. Or perhaps: brrrrrr-bp-brrr. These are the nascent efforts of the budding speed freak, and they must be respected. But once again the realm of videogames encroaches upon the germinal life of the human with pitiless velocity. Car…

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Rocket League starts its fifth birthday event next week

It's a bit weird to hear Rocket League isn't even five years old, given how timeless it is. Was it not created by caveman who punted balls around from the comfort of their foot-powered Flinstones cars but wanted a digital version to play on the days lava swept the pitch? No, apparently, it launched on July 7th, 2015. With the birthday approaching, developers Psyonix have…

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5 months ago

Feature: One Off The List

The 9 most extreme sports in games

Football. Tennis. Conkers. What do these historic, reputable sports have in common, I ask you. That’s correct, they are not extreme enough. Please, quiet now. I am here to do the talking. Yes, there are sports videogames, your FIFAs and your Mario Tennises. But they do not fulfill the desire within all of us for the extreme, the radical, the pushing of it to the…

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8 months ago

Rocket League’s World Championship has been cancelled over coronavirus concerns

Psyonix have hit the breaks on Rocket League's upcoming World Championships. Scheduled to take place from April 24-26 in Dallas, Texas, growing concerns around the Covid-19 situation have convinced the developers to cancel the event, move the rest of Season 9's championship games online and offer full refunds to anyone who'd pre-purchased a chance to see some world-class car footy.

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9 months ago

Rocket League was down for ages over the weekend after issues with a server upgrade

If you couldn't get into a game of Rocket League over the weekend, you're not alone. Because of some weird technical difficulties, players were removed from the game's servers while it was put into "maintenance mode" on and off over the last few days. It couldn't have come at a more inconvenient time either, as the issues caused a bunch of official esports matches to…

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Xbox Adaptive Controller add-on lets you play Rocket League with a power wheelchair

If you use a power wheelchair in your day-to-day life, you likely use something that looks an awful lot like a gaming joystick to get around. It seems AbleGamers COO, Rocket League fan and wheelchair user Steven Spohn thought so too, and set about trying to bridge that gap. A little bit of hardware tinkering later, and the Freedom Wing Adaptor was born - a…

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Rocket League ending Mac and Linux support because they represent “less than 0.3%” of active players

Last week, Psyonix revealed they're going to stop supporting Rocket League on Mac and Linux, ending the ability to use any of the online functions on those platforms. They explained that it was "no longer viable" to support Mac and Linux as they continued to upgrade the game with "new technologies". This was a bit of a vague reason that naturally left a lot of…

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Rocket League is ending support for Mac and Linux in March

It's bad news if you play Rocket League on Mac or Linux - in March developer Psyonix are stopping support for the platforms, taking away online multiplayer in one final update. Players will still have access to all of the offline stuff though, so you'll still be able to play with your friends either locally or using split-screen. You just won't be able to join…

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Rocket League modders are making prop hunt, pool, and more weird and wonderful things

Football is so 12th Century. Thank God for Rocket League, which took football and transformed it into flying rocket car daftness. The onward march of human progress didn't stop there, however. Modders have since transformed Rocket League into flight combat sims, obstacle courses, and Quidditch. It's all impressive, but I'm most enamoured with the work of pro player "Lethamyr", who moonlights as a modder turning…

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Rocket League celebrates Chinese New Year with a new map next week

Videogames are always willing to pounce on excuses to sell you hats, so naturally Rocket League is celebrating the Chinese New Year. The event kicks off on Monday. There will be new rims and such, available to buy on the recently reworked and now slightly cheaper store. I'm more interested in the new Forbidden Temple Arena, which looks like a colourful escape from this dreary…

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11 months ago

Rocket League lowers prices for cosmetics following the Blueprint Update

High-octane ballsport Rocket League yesterday reduced cosmetic item prices, having started selling them at high prices with new systems replacing DLC and loot boxes in last week's Blueprint Update. Our Matt said only yesterday that "Rocket League's new Blueprints are too expensive, but still better than loot boxes" then a mere six hours later, Psyonix announced the price cuts. This is response to a solid…

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Feature: The undisputed king

Have you played… Rocket League?

I knew from my first few hours playing Rocket League that it would become my most played game on Steam. It took me nearly a thousand hours to reach the coveted top rank of Grand Champion. It remains, in my eyes, the perfect competitive multiplayer experience: easy to get into, difficult to master, and far more focused on tactical decisions and reading your opponents than…

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Rocket League’s new Blueprints are too expensive, but still better than loot boxes

Last Wednesday, Rocket League did away with loot boxes. You'd think that would be cause for celebration, but developers Psyonix have replaced them with Blueprints that many players consider overpriced. The short version is that yeah, they are, but it's more important that this replaces an exploitative model that profits from obsessional gamblers doing themselves serious harm. For the longer version, we need to descend…

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1 year ago

Stranger Things drive into Rocket League’s Haunted Hallows event today

Stranger Things might be in a post-season slump, but you wouldn't know it from looking at games. You've got your Nancy and Steve popping into Dead By Daylight, and every bookstore and board game shop in town has those themed Dungeons & Dragons (& Demagorgons) starter kits lying about. Today, it's Rocket League's turn to become haunted by the 80s, as Haunted Hallows arrive in…

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