Roller Champions is a free-to-play sports game and it feels like a cross between Rocket League with the mechanics of a skateboarding game. I was not expecting to enjoy this, but I was pleasantly surprised. Roller Champions is a new casual free-to-play title and the rules are simple enough, get the ball, skate around the track one complete time while crossing through the gates then you got the opportunity to shoot and score 1 point.
Skate around 2 times make the shot and you score 3 points, skate around 3 times without losing the ball to the opponent, make the shot and you get 5 points. It takes 5 points to win so based on these rules the games are not overly long and they’re actually pretty fun. Gameplay-wise the skating mechanic felt really good and so do the tackles and the in-game combat. I actually really enjoyed trying to tackle and smash the opponents and block for my team while trying to maintain the ball.
It plays very smooth and it feels pretty much just right as there are not too many buttons to deal with so it’s very pick up and play and has a great arcade-style feel to it. This feels like the type of game you can play with some friends and not get too serious, just chill and have a good time. For a free-to-play game, this has all the usual monetization, battle pass, currency to purchase and upgrade your character’s appearance, and loot boxes but none of them affect gameplay.
When you first pick up the game it has a semi simple character creator and then it loads you into the menu. The menu system and UI are clear and good-looking, and the music in the background was a nice touch as well. When you first decide to start a game up you can either go into the tutorial area which I tried to load twice but I was timed out the first time and got in the second time and honestly why does it even need to connect to the service for a local tutorial demo anyway.
After learning the basics I jumped into a quick play match and I was pleasantly surprised that they produced a really clear video before they drop you in. It’s all about how to play the game and the rules so I’m not sure the tutorial area is even necessary. I do have to mention my largest negative about Roller Champions first popped up here, the announcer’s voice and style they chose for this game is beyond cringe, it has the feel of trying to sound cool and hip yet it comes off as inauthentic and cheesy.
There’s also a really good notification on the screen where the gates are and when you have passed enough to try and score or when you can pass to a teammate. The graphics of Roller Champions ran very smooth with no noticeable frame drops on PS5 and I would assume based on the style of the graphics that it will run the same on PS4.
The graphics style of Roller Champions is decent but they probably could have gone a bit more cell-shaded and cartoony in my opinion and gone for more of an Overwatch vibe which I think would have served this game well. The graphics are fine but it’s not amazing and it gets the job done. If you can ignore the announcer that I mentioned the gameplay is solid and there’s some fun to be had here, as far as a lasting appeal that I’m not sure of yet.
One thing I will recommend is playing with friends as Roller Champions needs quite a bit of communication and playing with randoms hinders the gameplay a bit. If you’re looking for something different and want to try something new I’d say definitely give it a shot, you will probably have a good time with it. There’s fun to be had here and if you don’t take it too seriously and you can get some friends together you will have a blast.
Roller Champions is a free-to-play sports game and it feels like a cross between Rocket League with the mechanics of a skateboarding game. The gameplay is a blast, especially with friends and the only real gripe I had was the announcer that felt way too cringey and trying too hard.