Nobody can be told what Rocket League is. You have to play it for yourself. Though, I am going to give it a damn good try.
Psyonix's second attempt at pulling off a physics-dependant, vehicular sports title managed to capitalise on everything the original missed by a hair. Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cards (that's literally what the first game was called) didn't catch on in 2008, but the core idea of 'soccer with nitro-cars' is one they refused to give up on.
The requisite spark to light the touch paper came with Rocket League being given away for free in 2014 as part of Sony's PS Plus offering, and from there it was nowhere else but up. Playing Rocket League is the first time any game has accurately replicated the feeling of playing sports in real life, or rather, the kicking of a ball in real life. You always know what you want to do, and how to do it, but over time those awkward flails and attempts turn into accurate explosions of pure skill.
There's always the chance you'll mess it up, and therein lies why scoring a goal, pulling off a roof-slide, climbing the walls or mastering how to control your car in the air is so much damn fun: There are no meters to max out, no abilities to unlock. YOU rank up and you get better the more you play - all building towards scoring the sort of individual match-winners that only come from putting the time in (or through total fluke), just like real life.
Next to Zelda, Rocket League might end up being the game of the generation, but time will tell.
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