Rocket League is, without even a hint of exaggeration or hyperbole, one of the greatest video games of the current generation - if not all time. A solid gold masterpiece, to be sure.
Originally released for PlayStation 4 on July 7, 2015, the car-football game became an immediate phenomenon with players who couldn't get enough of its beautifully simple yet ludicrously addictive gameplay loop.
Five years on, Rocket League is as popular as it ever has been, a spectacular monument to what a small team of passionate developers can create when they get the fundamentals right and show total respect for their player-base.
Yet as much a well-oiled machine as Rocket League undeniably is, its development wasn't an entirely smooth process, and the slick end product was the result of considerable toil and tinkering on the part of Psyonix.
So, if you're able to put the controller down for a few minutes and take a well-earned break, these are the tidbits, anecdotes, and essential backstories behind the greatest sports video game of all time. There, we said it...
Stay at home dad who spends as much time teaching his kids the merits of Martin Scorsese as possible (against the missus' wishes).
General video game, TV and film nut. Occasional sports fan. Full time loon.