Tech News on G4
Power Rangers is not so mighty
February 22, 2016
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Go Go Power Rangers! The famous refrain has been an important part of kids’ culture since 1993. Like G.I. Joe, Transformers and Ninja Turtles, the television and toy franchise never seems to fade entirely from the pop culture spotlight spawning revival after revival.
With what looks like a far more mature and promising feature film set to hit theatres next month - I mean anything has to be better than 1995’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie - the Rangers are primed for another resurgence and to capitalize on that is the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Mega Battle game.
Mega Battle is a rudimentary side-scrolling game in the tradition of Captain America and The Avengers or X-Men, the arcade game. You run and jump to the right through various environments Kung Fu-ing, shooting and slicing everything in sight including those irritating putties, armoured warriors, sorcerers and a host of other goons controlled by the nasty alien witch Rita Repulsa.
Along with assorted Kung Fu combos, each Ranger can use their own exclusive hand-to-hand combat weapons - like the Red Ranger’s sword - and a laser blaster to fend off Repulsa’s wretches.
Since the game is based on the original Mighty Morphin series, there are appearances by Bulk and Skull, Tommy Oliver (the Green and White Ranger) and some familiar villains too.
There are Zord battles but unfortunately they aren’t free-flowing fights. They are static encounters. At first, you target your enemy’s weak points with a floating crosshair and then a quick time event decides the final outcome. It just isn’t the kind of rock ‘em, sock ‘em giant robot battles we were hoping for.
The upgrade system is minimal at best and if you die, you are returned to the start of the current stage and the stages themselves are quite long. Because of this and the inherent repetitive nature of a side-scroller, things can get really tedious really quickly.
There is a multi-player component but it is for local play only, which can come in handy especially for young gamers who are assuredly going to need a little help to get though Mega Battle.
The best part of Mega Battle is the exaggerated sketch-like animation style adds character as do the bright colours that reflect the television series quite nicely.
If Mega Battle were a regularly priced title, I would advise you… Shift into Turbo!...and rocket off into the stratosphere but since it is only $14.99, some will surely be able to overlook the flaws, especially if they are a die-hard Power Rangers fan or just looking for something unassuming and uncomplicated to kill the clock.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Mega Battle
Rating: 5 / 10
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