In 2014, Nintendo's glorious Mario Kart 8 walked away with the coveted 'Best Sports Game of the Year' award, beating PES 2015, Fifa 15, Forza Horizon 2, NBA 2K15, and Trials Fusion. FIFA and PES will more than likely be in the running once more this year, but are they going to be uncontested?
These past few weeks have seen the release of SO many sports/racing games, and we're not finished yet. We've had Madden NFL 16, NHL 16, NBA 2K16, and we still have Need For Speed on the way too! But when it comes to Sports Game of the Year, I really don't think FIFA 16 or PES 2016 have any chance against the work of Psyonix.
Forget PES 2016 & FIFA 16, Rocket League is The Best Sports Game of the Year!
Maybe of the decade! Who knows?! When I picked up Rocket league as a free title on the Playstation store in August earlier this year, I wasn't expecting much, seeing as I'm not exactly a massive fan of football. In the office we're rather partial to Mario Kart and the occasional game of FIFA, so Rocket League got a lot of stick for being this weird hybrid of the two in the beginning. But what they don't realize is that Rocket League is essential playing.
This game has already generated E-sports buzz around it, while only having been released on July 7th! It's one of the most addictive games I've ever played and it's probably one of the best indie titles in...well...forever! Seriously, this game sounds so ridiculous at times, but the level of skill that can be required to master it and rise through the ranks is remarkable. LOOK AT THIS SKILL!
With up to four player local matches available, Rocket League can join the ranks of the best couch co-op games in history. As players have become increasingly better at this game, the requirement for teamwork and communication has become paramount. You'll see players adopting positions, be it as a defender, a goalie, or a midfielder. Working together can create one of the most satisfying experiences on PS4 and when you learn how to fly with grace, there's nothing else like it!
I can't see PES 2016 (an incredible game) or FIFA 16 coming anywhere close to knocking this indie title of its perch. I mean, even this game's DLC is exciting!
Let me make this perfectly clear, if Rocket League doesn't win the Best Sports Game of the Year award, their is no justice in the current system. If you have yet to try the work of Psyonix, then you need to get on that immediately!