Welcome to a world where rockets control everything, and the rules are written in rocket fuel. This unique online 3v3 cross-platform shooter developed by Final Strike Games and published by Electronic Arts takes a bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it, is loads of fun.
Rocket arena takes place in a few exotic locales on the planet of Crater. Each map is filled with hidden tricks, traps and places to explore. The Rocket Championship Tour will be continuously expanding to new parts of Crater with new maps that will be freely available to all players!
Action is fast with small maps, short rounds, and no deaths – players just get knocked out of play briefly before returning to the fight. To avoid being knocked out you’ll need to master the rocket and more importantly the Dodge. Players can decide to take part in a few different modes such as Knockout, Mega Rocket, Treasure Hunt, Rocketball, and Rocketbot Battle. Each mode has different goals to achieve but the overall gameplay remains basically the same.
Out the box Rocket Arena features a roster of 10 playable heroes, each equipped with their own version of a rocket launcher as well as secondary and special abilities. Players also get access to random items in a match by picking up special boxes found lying around the maps. Items include things like bombs, rocket magnets, trip mines and more – each helping players knock out their opponents. Each heroes rockets are unique to them for example, Plink fires close-range, rapid-fire rockets while Boone’s Blunderblast has a huge spread and high damage.
As you play, your characters will earn experience and level up. Each character has their own level so if you want to level up a particular one, you have to dedicate game time specifically to that one. Levelling up unlocks Artifacts (equipable items that affect the game), outfits, VFX trails and a bunch of other things which have zero effect in-game. Each character can be equipped with up to 3 artifacts, which can be upgraded by using them in combat.
Available platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One plus the game offers cross-play, so you can rocket into your friends games no matter what platform they have. At launch, there will be two versions of the game available: Standard and Mythic Edition. Buy now: ea.com/games/rocket-arena/buy
While it might take a bit of getting used to and matches take a while to find, overall this is a fun shooter that can be enjoyed by the whole family. In-game purchases (micro-transactions) are a pain but you can still play and enjoy the game without spending a cent.