Yesterday, Psyonix announced a new cosmetic DLC pack for Rocket League – the addictive video game based on soccer that uses an oversized ball and rocket-boosted vehicles. The DLC pack contains licensed items from the Jurassic World franchise, including the classic Jurassic Jeep, an awesome looking T-Rex goal explosion, and some other goodies like toppers. The anticipated price is going to be around $2 (US).
If you know me at all, you know that I’ll probably be dropping some cash on this bundle. I love Jurassic Park/World and I’ve been addicted to Rocket League – even getting deep into the trading scene – for the last year or so. It’s pretty much a gimme at this point.
While I was ogling over the announcement video, it struck me just how much time and money I’ve invested into this seemingly simple game. I easily have a few hundred hours invested in Rocket League (though I’m still nowhere near good at the game) and I’ve spent $30 or more on keys and cars beyond the base price of the game.
So what keeps me coming back? It’s perfect for my nerdy, healthy lifestyle.
1) It’s short and sweet. I don’t have as much time as I’d like to play video games anymore. However, a single game of Rocket League only takes, on average, 7 minutes to complete. You don’t have to spend time getting engaged with a story or really even think all that much. It’s a great game for getting in a session or two after a workout, just before bed. That’s right. It’s short enough that you can workout AND play a match in the same night. Heck, if you have a stationary bike you could arguably do both at the same time.
2) There’s always room to grow. One of things I’m focusing on this year is improving at my hobbies. Too frequently, I’m a jack of all trades but a master of none when it comes to things I do outside of my job. While Rocket League can indeed be played casually, there’s always something that you can improve on and there are always players who are better than you. Even if you’re just playing for fun, you feel a sense of accomplishment when you pull off that slick aerial you’ve been trying to nail for weeks.
3) The game has its own economy. You wouldn’t know it right away, but it does. Rocket League, like many other games these days, has a loot-crate-and-key system. You earn crates that contain special cosmetic items as you play the game, then use keys that you purchase to unlock them and randomly obtain a prize. The problem is that your odds of landing an item that you want are, well, pretty slim. Instead of spending money on keys and risking disappointment, though, there’s a whole community of people online who wheel and deal – trading items (with varying values, there’s a whole price guide) for what they really want. If you’re a giant nerd like I am, it’s pretty easy to get sucked in to this economy. Especially since it results in a really nice tricked out car.
4) The gameplay itself is just addictive. If you have the time, it’s pretty easy to go down the rabbit hole and sink a few hours into Rocket League at a time. If you lose, you’re thinking: “Just one more – can’t end on that note!” And when you win, you’re thinking: “I’m on a roll, can’t end now!” The ridiculousness of the game, the simple gameplay, and the epic moves that you can pull off just make the game an overall blast to play.
Have any of you gotten really into Rocket League, or any other game? What draws you to them and how does it fit into your healthy lifestyle? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram! I’m always looking for new games to play.