Rocket League Sideswipe Review — Pocket Rocket
14 September 2022
We’re a little late, but we’ll learn much about Rocket League Sideswipe today. Psyonix will release the game at the end of this year. Since I got to play the alpha test version, which came out a few months ago, my first thoughts are on Rocket League Sideswipe.
How do you play the game?
In Sideswipe, cars can only move forward or backwards. This differs from the original Rocket League, where cars could move in any direction. And since you’ll be looking at the game from the side, the name “Rocket League Sideswipe” makes a lot more sense.
Two teams play against each other to see who can score the most goals in a specific time. Each game lasts two minutes; if it ends in a tie, the first team to score a goal in overtime wins. One small thing to note is that, unlike the PC version, only two players are on the team instead of three.
That’s just about it. It’s tough to figure out how to play the game. Even though I’ve played mobile games my whole life, it took me a while to get used to how to play Rocket League Sideswipe. On the other hand, I’ve seen some players do crazy things, so maybe that’s just a matter of taste. The controls can’t be changed, which I think is a must-have feature that Psyonix should consider adding to the game.
Inside the app
Rocket League Sideswipe is a natural, no-nonsense free-to-play mobile game. I like how Psyonix has made money off of the game. There is a premium currency you can use to buy decorations for your car, but it won’t change how well it runs. Also, as you move through the game, you get enough items for free.
There are many ways to change it.
You can change your tires, paint, skin, boosts, and even how your car explodes when you score.
Rocket League Sideswipe customization
You can play Rocket League Sideswipe offline and online. “solo” is the name for the offline mode. The solo mode comes in three different forms. They are called “Freeplay,” “Exhibition,” and “Tutorial.” In Freeplay, you can play by yourself. In the Exhibition, you can play against a computer, and the tutorial will teach you the basics of the game.
“Competitive play” is the name of the online mode. Again, there are three ways to play against other people. They are called Duel, Doubles, and Hoops. Duel is a 1v1 match, Doubles is a 2v2 match, and Hoops is also a 2v2 match, but it’s basketball instead of car soccer.
A music player is built into the game, and you can skip songs you don’t like. In the alpha, there was only one way to get into the game: through your Epic Games Account. It will be terrible if they don’t add Google Play, Facebook, or more ways to sign in. Also, since the only way to sign in is through Epic Games, you can’t change your in-game name. It will be the same as yours on its own.
I was distraught that Psyonix didn’t bring all of the Rocket League to mobile devices. But now that I’ve played Pocket League (oops, I meant Rocket League Sideswipe), I think differently. It’s a fun game with great music, graphics, gameplay, sound, and style. What else do you want?
It seems like Psyonix is trying to make it a mix of a casual game and a serious one. But I think of it as a fun game where you grab a friend and drive your crazy-looking customized cars onto the soccer field.
Rocket League Sideswipe is sure to get a lot of attention when it comes out. But in the long run, will it be able to keep players? Only time will show.