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The joys of Rocket League Hoops & evergreen gameplay

Carl 'Malkaurai' Phillips

My love for Rocket League has been well documented. Ever since I started playing last year it has been my go-to quick-play multiplayer title, all thanks to its evergreen gameplay and spectacular presentation. It doesn’t matter that I’m not the best at aerial play (although I’m getting better) or that I sometimes hilariously overshoot the ball. The important thing is that the mash-up of driving and football never stops being fun, even when I’m losing.

Then again, this love affair shouldn’t be too surprising. It was only a few years ago that my go-to multiplayer was the Grifball mode in Halo, with my former Dealspwn comrades Matt and Jon by my side. The combination of American Football with laser swords and giant hammers was never dull, and more importantly it was just as skill based as Rocket League. Sure, we weren’t always the greatest team, but it allowed for some epic moments of glory (and we were undefeated in 2014… allegedly.)

While Jon has since gone on to his dream job of educating stupid jellyfish*, Matt and I have kept the team spirit alive in Rocket League. The recent addition of the Hoops game mode, which switches the gameplay from Football to Basketball, was something I wasn’t convinced would work. Thankfully I was proven very wrong as it is now my mode of choice. Not only has it forced me to improve my aerial game, but I feel that it allows for some of the most epic (or ridiculous) goals and displays of co-ordinated (or fluky) teamwork. The highlights video at the top of the post, put together by Matt, very clearly demonstrates all of this.

While I’ll concede that Rocket League doesn’t have the audience of MOBAs and the likes of Hearthstone, I do think there’s more than enough life in Psyonix’s multiplayer title. All they need to do now is add a ranked version of Hoops and I’ll be a very happy dunker.

* May or may not be factually accurate.

  • Late555

    “You spherical bitch…” Wahahaha!
    Missed you guys. Hope you’re both well.

    • Malkaurai

      Late! Matt & I were only talking about the old Dealspwn regulars the other day, wondering how everyone was. Glad to see you’re still lurking the interwebs 😀

      As a heads-up (because you were one of our most loyal audience members) there has been some talk of us resurrecting the Game Buzz. We’re still organising the logistics of doing it (as he is insanely busy with his new job) and it might be that we won’t have enough time to kick it off before E3, but we’re hopeful it will get rolling soon. Be sure to keep an eye out on here, at any rate!

      • Late555

        Sounds bloody good to me, mate.
        The Game Buzz podcasts were always my favourite part of dealspwn, and E3 season means there’s always plenty to talk about (though after all this time there’d be no shortage of game and industry news to talk about!) – and I always enjoyed hearing your and Matt’s opinions.

        Would be nice if Jon could join in, but the logistics would obviously be difficult. Don’t think we didn’t notice he disappeared about the same time Tim so-called Peake went into space. You’re fooling no-one, Lester.