I believe it was some time back in October 2015 that somebody first showed me a Rocket League freestyle montage (it was kuxir’s famous “Montage #2”). For about the first 90 seconds, I distinctly remember saying, “There’s no way this guy is hitting these shots on purpose. This has to be luck.” But as I continued to watch, it further sank in that he wasn’t throwing himself haphazardly at the ball with fingers crossed – it was all intentional and controlled.
My brain proceeded to explode.
I’d probably only been playing Rocket League for 100 hours at this point. What this montage successfully showed me is that you can control your car in ways I’d never even realized possible, and I instantly became far more invested in the game.
Up to this point, I was content chasing the ball around the cage with my buddy, even daring to venture so far as to think I was actually good. My world was both shattered and opened at the same time; no longer was I “good” at the game in my own eyes, and I was now aware that the game’s skill ceiling is ridiculously high.
As much as I wanted to dive straight into the flippy-spinny-turny-$#@! I saw in the kuxir montage, I knew it was impossible, because I didn’t even know how to do basic aerials successfully. So ultimately, freestyles were the kick in the rear I needed to get my lazy butt off the ground and into the air.
Rocket League Freestyles Are Not Pointless
Despite some people saying things like, “freestyles are pointless and just for show,” I’d argue that they are the #1 teacher for helping you learn the extreme ends of car control in Rocket League. Being able to control your car no matter what orientation you’re starting from is invaluable, particularly when you find yourself in awkward defensive positions where you need to jump from the back wall to make a clear or save. You’ll also understand how to correct your positioning and angle of attack in the air, making your aerial game inevitably stronger.
Should you learn freestyling for the sake of making montages? Not necessarily.
However, I definitely recommend challenging yourself by practicing more unorthodox shots – it will pay off in the long run. That moment when you’re able to air roll your car upside down to get the tight angle on a difficult shot is immensely satisfying, and that’s a mechanical skill you can only develop through pushing your limits.
Beyond that, freestyling is another great way to have a fun time in Rocket League. It’s about finding your own style and continuing to hone your skills. It can add unique flair to games, and sometimes, it even serves as intimidation to get in your opponents’ heads.
Be sure to check out my latest montage here in this article; I hope that it at least some of it serves as inspiration for furthering your own play in Rocket League! I’ve only sat down and focused on practicing freestyles for about the last 2 months, so I definitely feel I have a long way to go, which continues to make the game fresh for me and fuels my drive.
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