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Rocket League Sideswipe review: Experience the iconic car soccer on your mobile

Matches are just two minutes, making the game easy to pick up and play no matter where you are

Rocket League Sideswipe, a mobile version of the insanely popular PC/ Console, has now been released and players can try it out right now. The game matches the original title in terms of visuals and UI but there’s a very major change in how players play the game. Here in this article, we will review Rocket League Sideswipe and share our first impressions of the game.

The version of the game that is available for PCs and Consoles had a very immersive physics-based sports experience but Sideswipe changed that, opting for a side scroller-like interface. The main objective, however, is a simple one and remains the same. Players have to score goals against the other team to get to the podium. 


Rocket League Sideswipe tweaks with the original gameplay keeping the concept intact

Starting off with the Rocket League Sideswipe review, instead of having a 3D third-person perspective where players have complete control of a car, Rocket League Sideswipe opts for a side-scrolling style viewing angle. The cars and maps are from the original but a lot of the gameplay has been changed.

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The objective is still to get the ball in the goal/hoop (depending on the game mode) and score points for your team. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins. There are also free play and practice modes so players can get acquainted with how the game works and get better at it. 

The game does have an arcade-style look and feel to it and it is easy to understand but difficult to master. This makes it have scope for competition but even when being played casually, it’s just as fun.


Engage in multiple fast-paced and easy-to-learn gamemodes

There are three game modes at present- Duel (1v1), Doubles (2v2), and Hoops (2v2) and three Arenas- Shortstack, S.C. Field, and Dunk House. There are multiplayer and offline training playing options and the bots that players can train with are actually pretty decent at the game so players can get a lot of good practice.

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The physics work fine and there weren’t really too many issues with bugs and glitches in terms of the gameplay. There’s also a bunch of different cars that players can unlock and customize to make them look cooler than the competition. 

It’s hard to not wish for the experience that the original Rocket League game provides but for a mobile game, it’s something that is worth investing a few hours in. People who’ve already played the PC/Console version might feel that certain elements that should have been there in the game are missing. That being said, the other issue that the game is facing right now issues with matchmaking and lag due to the servers which hopefully would get fixed soon. These issues aside, the gameplay is pretty polished. 


Decent graphics, clean UI and comes with the original console soundtracks

The graphics are decent on medium settings and quite good-looking on higher settings. They work fine and the game’s visual style matches the original. The same goes for the audio. Most of the sound effects are straight from the original too. 

The controls can take some getting used to especially with how the gameplay works and some practice is definitely required before you can break into the controls. The UI is pretty standard and clean so no complaints there.

Rocket League graphics

Battle Pass with Cosmetics can be bought but the game is devoid of ads

The game does not have ads which is a good thing but it does have stuff like a Seasonal Battle Pass and cosmetics that can be purchased with real money. These don’t really impact gameplay but they add visual touches that players who are willing to pay might be interested in. 


Final Verdict

Rocket League Sideswipe does lack a bunch of features that are there in the original game and that might be considered a con by some. But for what it is, the game is actually a decent experience. Hopefully, the network issues get cleared out soon since that’s something that quite a few players are having issues with. 

Aside from that, this is a game that people should try out to figure out whether or not it really suits them. It’s not something everyone would like but definitely worth a try. The pocket aspect allows the game to be available on a lot of devices, even those not the best for gaming, and players can customize how the game looks to make it run better. Rocket League Sideswipe does hold up and it would probably get better as more things are added to make the game more fun and engaging. 

Rocket League Sideswipe review by GamingonPhone

Gameplay Mechanics - 7.5
Graphics and Music - 8
Controls and UI - 7
Free-to-Play Elements - 8.5

7.8

Good

Rocket League Sideswipe does lack a bunch of features that are there in the original game and that might be considered a con by some. But for what it is, the game is actually a decent experience.


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