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Speedball Arena Review – A VR Rocket League Clone With Online Matchmaking Issues

We have been waiting for a VR experience which comes close to Rocket League or something similar. So far, there hasn’t been any game of that magnitude, albeit Speedball Arena certainly comes close. The game is extremely fun and requires users to play online, but only in teams of two. The graphics look pretty interesting, the gameplay is quite addictive, and the price of $9.99 is more than decent. Owners of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift may want to check out this title in the future.

Speedball Arena is Great fun With Other Players

As is the case with any multiplayer game in virtual reality, Speedball Arena will stand or fall based on how engaging it is for other gamers. With a base price of just $9.99, it’s not the most expensive game whatsoever. There is no monthly subscription either, which makes it a game well worth checking out. Especially people who enjoy games such as Rocket League will have a great time with Speedball Arena. Your job is driving a rocket-powered car, using a grappling hook, and ensure the ball hits the designated target. It makes a lot of sense and it’s easy to pick up as well.

One thing most players will dislike about Speedball Arena is how there is just one map to play on. That in itself is not necessarily a big problem, but it is evident some more scenery would certainly be appreciated. Thankfully, the one map works quite well and it’s visually nice to look at as well. Similar to Rocket league, mastering Speedball Arena will not be easy whatsoever. There are trick shots to perform, and people who spend a lot of time in this game will develop a lot of new skills along the way.

There is a single player mode with a few different challenges along the way. You will be coupled with an AI teammate to ensure missions can be completed without too many problems. Praying together with other actual people is a lot more fun, though, but that is only normal. It’s good to know there are some options to play around with even when there is no one else online to play with. Thanks to the solid AI in the game, there is a lot of content to this game. It’s unfortunate so few players play online right now, but it’s good to have alternatives regardless.

Speaking of online multiplayer, it seems Speedball Arena has some matchmaking issues. Getting into other players’ lobbies is pretty difficult first and foremost. Even an open server doesn’t seem to work most times, which is rather problematic. This might explain why so few people play it online, though, as there is no convenient way to do so. Even though the one map, no real human opponents, and somewhat short gameplay per game may be a problem for some people, Speedball Arena packs quite a lot of content into a cheap package. That is, assuming you don’t get annoyed by the jump and turbo mechanics, which are mapped oddly. All in all, it’s a fun game, but one with some issues when it comes to online gameplay.

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By Mark Arguinbaev

Mark is a 28 year old internet entrepreneur. He is a bitcoin enthusiast and a technology addict. He loves writing and educating readers about the newest tech trends.