I’m late to the train, but Rocket League has stolen my heart. The first time I played the game I took it as a mindless arcade game that lacked depth. After a recent podcast episode with Gimmick I heard the truth about this wonderful game. Rocket League is simple in nature, but hits the competitive itch that many gamers (myself included) need. The steep skill curve to the game truly separates beginners from advanced, and is a joy to learn. Now I’m no Pro at this game, but I’ve put in enough time to learn some tips that will greatly help any Rocket League beginners. Without further ado, here are 5 Rocket League Tips for Beginners…
Rocket League Tip #1
Don’t Chase The Ball Like a Bunch of Children Playing Soccer
As a beginner every fiber inside you will want to rush the ball to get a hit on it. New players will chase the ball around the map like a needy girlfriend. Train yourself to sit back during moments of the game when a teammate has the ball. Being able to watch the ball from a distance allows you to setup for a goal, a steal, or another power play. Chasing the ball around constantly rarely benefits anyone other than the other team.
Rocket League Tip #2
Practice Your Aerials
The less advanced players keep the ball on the ground, but the true fun and skill in Rocket League comes once you’ve mastered the aerial shots. Take time to play the aerial trainings on the various skill settings, and keep at them until aerial shots become like second nature to you. It’ll take a while for you to get the hang of the ball physics and boost, but once you dial it in you’ll be making sweet shots in no time.
Rocket League Tip #3
Start Playing Ranked Online Games Right Away
There’s some who will disagree with me on this one, but that’s ok, I think they’re wrong. I’d suggest right from the get go playing ranked games, because it’ll teach you how the ranked players are playing. Sure, you’ll probably start at the very bottom (Bronze) in competitive, but it’ll put some skin in the game and force you to play smart. Everyone is playing to win, and there’ll be less trolls or players FF’ing games than if you just played a regular game. To top it off – as you progress through the Ranked ladder you’ll be able to tangibly see how you improve as a player.
Rocket League Tip #4
Use Both Cameras
The default camera is directly behind your vehicle, but there’s a button that you can click that’ll focus the camera on the ball. USE THIS FEATURE. Neither of these cameras are ideal 100% of the time, but changing from one to another can give you a huge advantage. Personally I’ll keep the camera default if the ball is already in my field of view, but will change it when it leaves my FOV. This helps you keep track of the ball if you’re retreating to protect your goal or driving around the arena to nab some boosts.
Rocket League Tip #5
Master that POWERSLIDDEEEEE!
The power slide is your friend. Learn how to quickly flip around utilizing the boost and power slide button. It’s way quicker than going reverse, and gets you in a better position. Powerslides can help you angle your vehicle exactly to where you need to be. Like many of the mechanics of Rocket League it takes awhile to get used to, but don’t neglect it.
Those are my Rocket League tips for beginners! What would you add to the mix? Put it down below in the comments or tell us on our Facebook page!