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Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
Developed By: nWay Inc
Published By: nWay Inc
Released: March 27th, 2019
Available On: Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
Genre: Fighting game, Action
ESRB Rating: Teen for fantasy violence
Number of Players: Up to 2 players
Price: $19.99

First of all, thanks to nWay Inc. for the review code for this game!

The Power Rangers is a classic. Developed initially in 1994, the tv show has delighted fans ever since. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is an updated take on the classic TV show, giving the player an interesting storyline that involves training of the rangers, 1 on 1 battles, and is described as 'easy to learn, but hard to master.'

There are several methods of play to choose, which does add variety. The four settings are story, arcade, versus, and training. Story is the mode I found myself playing as it tells a story that goes along with various fights. In arcade mode, you first select a ranger to play as. You can then customize by choosing weapons and armor and even color. In versus you pick one character for a showdown with another character of your choice. In training, you pick 3 teams to go against each other. You also get a choice of backgrounds. It's not that different from arcade mode. As of July 10th, 2019, Crossplay now allows Switch and Console Players to battle each other. It has also introduced several new characters, among them Trey of Triforia and Jen Scotts. Lord Zedd will appear in a future update.

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
Highlights:

Strong Points: Fun fighting game; easy to follow; local multiplayer
Weak Points: Cutscenes are more intriguing than the gameplay; gameplay is boring and tedious after awhile
Moral Warnings: Fantasy violence

The mode I found the most interesting was story mode. In Story Mode, gameplay involves first watching a short storyline. I found the storyline a lot more intriguing than the actual game, if one is perfectly honest. Gameplay is basically just fighting, and is very similar to Street Fighter. You have one player vs. an opponent and your goal is to deplete the opponent's lifebar before yours is depleted. Various special moves are unlocked and can sometimes be used in various points during the game. The same fighting and game play, a la Street Fighter is used in all 4 modes of the game.

If you like fighting games, this is fine, but I felt let down by the uninteresting gameplay after the intriguing cutscenes. The fights are the same thing, one after another, just done with different characters. I found myself getting bored after about 10 minutes of play. You are allowed to play as each ranger and that seems fun at first, but gets old very quickly. The part that had me throw down the game in frustration was Tommy's death. This was frustrating as it was delivered in a sucker punch way and Tommy has always been my favorite ranger .

There are some redeeming factors to Battle for the Grid. The graphics are welldone. The cutscenes are done in comic book format, and they are true to the series and TV shows. The controls, though, can be a bit confusing as you sometimes cannot tell who is the player and who is the opponent as the screen switches up. There are some special moves and weapons that are unlocked as the gameplay progresses along.

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 55%
Gameplay - 5/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 4/5
Controls - 3.5/5

Morality Score - 82%
Violence - 7.5/10
Language - 8/10
Sexual Content - 7.5/10
Occult/Supernatural - 7/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

There is some voice acting done in the game, and it is actually one of the strong points. The actors in this game do lend their voices, and the characters are believable and all sound unique. Various sounds are made, such as grunting and realistic sound effects of fighting. The weapons make their own unique sounds too. The soundtrack itself, however, is not memorable.

I really cannot recommend this game. Storyline is rushed, fights are boring, and many others have expressed similar disappointments with Battle for the Grid. I found it like a rehash of Street Fighter meets Mortal Combat without any of the fun. For a game celebrating the 25th anniversary of an iconic series, I really am disappointed.

How does Battle for the Grid hold up from a Christian perspective? This is one of the strong points. The Power Rangers universe is present, thus there are no mentions of God or Satan or anything else in the Bible. The Power Rangers do fight for good, so the lines against good and evil are clearly defined, as they were in the TV series. The rating for this game is Teen and that is appropriate. I would not give this to younger children as many of the cutscenes can be quite frightening and disturbing. The fight scenes are fine for older children, and there's not a lot of blood and gore.

All in all, I feel this game was rushed, and other reviewers have felt the same way. It just felt like a quick way to make a buck off nostalgia for fans. Sometimes it's better to wait for a great product than settle for a so-so one. This game could have been much more. A huge disappointment and letdown.

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