Posts Tagged ‘Rocket League’

Rocket League now auto-bans players using abusive words

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Rocket League [official site] players will face automatic bans if they use certain words in chat under new anti-harassment rules introduced this week. Developer Psyonix has come up with a list of 20 words, including racial slurs, that players will be punished for using, and plan to expand the list in future.

Under the ‘Language Ban’ system, each word on the list (which is secret) will have a different threshold for punishment. Some you might get away with using once or twice, but you won’t be so lucky with others. And if you’re a repeat offender you’ll receive a permanent ban from the game. It’s all automated, and based on whether the words in question show up on in-game reports you make about other players (or other players make about you).

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BBC Three showing live esports for next six weekends

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Well, East me Enders and Pano my Rama: live Esports is coming to to the BBC this month. BBC Three (which is now online only) will broadcast the new Gfinity Elite League Series One, which means four hours of Rocket League, CS:GO and Street Fighter V on iPlayer every weekend for the next six weeks.

There’s a proper schedule and everything: Fridays at 9pm is for Street Fighter, which in a massive programming screw up clashes with Gardener’s World. Saturday nights from 9-11 is CS:GO (no Casualty for me then), and Rocket League is happening Sunday afternoon from 5. It’s all coming live from the Gfinity Arena in West London, with eight organisations taking part.

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Is Rocket League still welcoming to new and casual players?

Rocket League [official site]! Cars with fire shooting out their bums, playing football! The absolute best! Or… so it was in 2015. There is this trend whereby the most fresh and accessible game drifts into incomprehensible specifity and a poisonously impatient community over time. Two years on, has Rocket League escaped that curse? Or: if you are, like me, something of a casual player when it comes to competitive online games, is there still a way into Rocket League?

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Rocket League adds new arena, Rick & Morty items today

Today is a notable day for Rocket League [official site]: it’s the day two days before the second anniversary of its launch! What better day (other than the obvious) to launch an anniversary update? Developers Psyonix are today adding celebratory goodies including a new carball arena, new cars, and new Rick and Morty trinkets to decorate your sports car. Presumably the purpose of pre-anniversary anniversary update is to let everyone party down and wreck themselves tonight, recover over tomorrow, then be professional and respectable for the actual anniversary on Friday – be nice to sponsors, avoid swearing in front of the cars’ parents, and such. Read the rest of this entry »

Rocket League to celebrate birthday with new map

Like a jammy dodger who books a bouncy castle for their child’s birthday party, Rocket League [official site] developers Psyonix are giving plenty of notice about celebrations for their gamebaby. Rocket League turns two on July 7th, and on the 5th Psyonix plan to release a big update bringing a new arena, the start of its fifth competitive season, new engine sounds, custom goal explosions, and new sportscars like a mutant F1 racer. That’s the news out of the Rocket League Championship Series Season Three World Championship this weekend, whose livestreams are archived for folks who fancy watching world-class carball. Read the rest of this entry »

13 recent games that run well on terrible laptops

‘Terrible’ only in the sense of their gaming capability. Honestly, I’m sure your laptop is lovely to look at and it was definitely a extremely sensible idea to spend all that money on it instead of buying a holiday or helping to save the pandas. Truth is, though, that playing recently-released games on the vast majority of laptops is about as effective as starting an online petition to uncancel your favourite television show.

A little discretion goes a long way, however. Sure, you may be denied the glossiest of exploding viscera, but it is entirely possible to keep up with the Joneses even on a Terrible Laptop that has no dedicated graphics card. Here are but twelve contemporary games – either recently released or still-evolving going concerns – that will indeed run on your glammed-up toaster. Additional suggestions below are entirely welcome.
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Simplified Neo Tokyo E.X.P.L.O.D.E.S. into Rocket League

Splendid sports ’em up Rocket League [official site] has launched a new version of its Neo Tokyo sportsdome, with the same cyberpunk city backdrop but a standard pitch layout. Neo Tokyo hit Rocket League in June 2016 but its non-typical layout with elevated sides (and therefore non-typical play) irked some players, so developers Psyonix pulled it from the competitive playlist in March 2017. The new regular Neo Tokyo is now in all playlists, while the old version will still be playable in private and offline matches under its new name of Tokyo Underpass. Read the rest of this entry »

The 23 best bite-size games for busy lives

I am dad, hear me whinge. Too many games, not enough spare time, for all my non-work hours are spent kissing grazed knees, explaining why you cannot eat the food in that cupboard, constructing awful Lion King dioramas out of toilet roll tubes and being terrified that the next jump from the sofa to the armchair will go fatally wrong. I’m lucky in that my job to some extent involves playing games, so by and large if there’s something I really want to check out I can find a way to, but I appreciate that there are many long-time, older or otherwise time-starved readers for whom RPS is a daily tease of wondrous things they cannot play.

Now, clearly I cannot magically truncate The Witcher 3 into three hours for you, but what I can do is suggest a few games from across the length and breadth of recent PC gaming that can either be completed within a few hours or dipped into now and again without being unduly punished because you’ve lost your muscle-memory. Read the rest of this entry »

Rocket League having a free weekend, rejoice

The weekend looms. The dreaded monster of “free time” skulks in the shadows, ready to devour you and spit you out again on Monday morning. What sacrifice must we make this time to the foulspawn? Prey is coming out, but that is expensive. The Division is free until Sunday, but that is grindy. If only there was some small, wonderful, universally-adored game to throw to the creature. Something with cars, but also giant bouncing balls, but also slow-motion replays, but also playable for £0.00.

OH MY WORDY WORDS, WHAT IS THAT. It’s a Rocket League [official site] free weekend.
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Rocket League gets Dropshot mode and Easter treats

Rocket League [official site] was already our favourite game of 2015 but today it finally becomes proper football with the addition of a new mode where players will smash a load of windows to score points. Dropshot is its name, and bopping the ball to break open goalholes in the floor of your opponent’s half of the arena is its game. Today also sees the start of Season 4 of competitive play and the addition of some silly fun Easter-themed items for cars to wear. Here, check out Dropshot in this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Rocket League getting smashy with Dropshot mode

What’s football without a little destruction? In its ongoing mission to become the world’s most realistic football simulation, Rocket League [official site] will next week add a new mode based around smashing holes in the opponent’s side of the arena. Dropshot mode will do away with traditional goals, instead having players bop the ball to smash holes in the other team’s side of the arena (a shiny new hexagonal one) so they can bop the ball through the holes to score. Here, have a look: Read the rest of this entry »

Rocket League getting flashy Hot Wheels cars in DLC

Following the recent announcement that the sports cars of Rocket League [official site] are becoming toy cars, now developers Psyonix say they’re turning toy cars into Rocket League cars. Two Hot Weels cars are coming to Rocket League as paid DLC on February 21st, two souped-up sillycars which yeah, do look right at home there. Read the rest of this entry »

Rocket League launching official pull-back toy cars

Now, normally I’ve no interest in ‘merch’ but hannng on! Twelve sports cars from Rocket League [official site] are being merchified as wee pull-back-and-go toy cars, which look perfect for a game of tabletop Rocket League. Get creative with a few cardboard boxes and bing bong bangily boogily, you’ve got yourself a great game for all the family. Add some big lumps of metal to the front and use a wallnut for a ball and you’ve got yourself some snazzy Rocket League nutcrackers too. Build the cars into a Rube Goldberg machine and baby, you’ve got breakfast. Read the rest of this entry »

Back of the net! Rocket League has 25 million players

I’ve seen some big numbers in my day–I’m not boasting, but check this biggun: 8008135–and while I’m generally cool and collected in the presence of big numbers, I did mutter “flipping heck!” at the belter I’ve just seen in the company of Rocket League [official site]. 25 million players have carballed, developers Psyonix announced today, racking up over a billion matches between them. Those are big numbers for any game, let alone the follow-up to a PS3-exclusive game about sentient cars playing football. Good numbers, you lot. I mean, I’ve known bigger numbers–80081357, for starters–but that’s still some great numbering. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Top 100 reveals 2016’s money-making Steamers

Valve capped off 2016 by revealing the year’s 100 highest-grossing games on Steam, which is a pretty interesting list. If you’ve been following Alec’s prolonged breakdown over the weekly charts you’ll not be shocked by revelations that Grand Theft Auto V and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are near the top, but you might not expect them to be joined by the likes of No Man’s Sky or the free-to-play Dota 2.

When I asked Alec if he fancied writing up this chart too, he began hissing “The Venga Bus is coming the Venga Bus IS coming the Venga Bus is coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa” so you get me and my GIFs instead. Read the rest of this entry »

Rocket League netting Steam Workshop for levels

Smashing sportsballer Rocket League [official site] already supports custom levels in an unofficial and slightly fiddly way but will soon officially embrace them. Developers Psyonix have announced plans to add Steam Workshop support, meaning players will simple need to click a button on Steam then fire up the game to play in custom arenas. Who knows what you’ll find? A pretty new sportszone, maybe, or an obstacle course, a race, maybe even a nice little Sunday drive through the Cotswolds. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Rocket League?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I think by this point we’re all aware of the apocalyptic hellscape simulator as Rocket League [official site] — y’know, the one where the fates of nations are decided by which ones can drive RC cars the best? Rocket League is really, really good. So good, in fact, a year later it’s still enticing me to put off work so I can squeeze a few rounds in almost daily.

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Rocket League’s Undersea AquaDome Arena Is Out

“Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? ‘No,’ says the man in Washington, ‘it belongs to the poor.’ ‘No,’ says the man in the Vatican, ‘it belongs to God.’ ‘No,’ says the man in Moscow, ‘it belongs to everyone.’ I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose… hot dunks 24/7 slamming and jamming and punting and giving them the ol’ alley-oop in the highest-horsepower sportsballing this side of Atlantis GET DUNKED ON, FONTAINE.”

Which is to say that the new BioShock-lookin’ Rocket League [official site] arena arrived in yesterday’s update, along with some snazzy subnautical sportsgear.

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