A real ‘Rocket’ ride

Play a few “Rocket League” (Psyonix, PS4) matches and you see more than a few similarities between the game’s RC-car action and pre-K-level soccer. A mass of players follows the ball wherever it rolls; teammates steal from one another, and accidental own-goal shots are almost expected. Even after your skill level advances and you’re able to make exhilarating midair saves and coordinated attacks, your car (and team) looks adorable in post-goal replays. “Rocket League’s” beautifully balanced gameplay is one of the best competitive games in ages. Spend some time in the tutorials — it’s worth it. When you’ve finally gotten the hang of driving, “Rocket League” is an absolute joy.

Jeff cork, Game Informer