Platform: PS4, PC, Mac, Linux
Nominations: Best Sports/Racing Game, Best Multiplayer
I only need one sentence to sell you on Rocket League: Do you want to play soccer with rocket powered race cars?
BOOM. Of course you do!
Ok, Evan is telling me I need to say more than that. [Hey! I didn’t say that.]
Look, this category is called “Best Sports/Racing Game.” What other game checks both boxes?! Rocket League is one of those games that shouldn’t work, but somehow managed to be amazing. This is multiplayer gaming at its best. The brilliance of Rocket League is that, if you’re a complete beginner, you can jump in with a few friends and have tons of fun just flailing about. If you decide you want to step your game up and develop your race car soccer skills, the gameplay is deep and rewarding.
The icing on the cake for me is how much of the feeling of playing soccer the game manages to capture. If you’ve ever played soccer competitively, you can transfer much of that knowledge to this game.
Finally, this is one of the only games I will watch on Twitch or other game streaming services. Matches between skilled players are a wonder to behold. – Jose Cordova