Game: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega battle
Developer: Bamtang Games
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Platform(s): PlayStation 4(Reviewed), Xbox One
Release Date: January 16th, 2017
No doubt looking to score points for the sake of nostalgia and the fact that a major motion picture based on the original franchise is due out in March, Bandai Namco has released a downloadable 2D brawler based on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Mega Battle is a pretty simple 2D brawler in the vein of Streets of Rage and the like. The most apt comparison probably being the Power Rangers brawler for the NES and Sega Genisis. You’ll move across six levels, each split into three different sections beating up classic Power Ranger enemies like Puttys and some strange looking Knights, Birdmen and flying parasites from the Dark Dimension.
You’ll collect experience from defeated enemies and level up at designated stations provided by Alpha-5. You’ll be able to buff your ranger’s damage output as well as health, defense and stamina in addition to unlocking new and more powerful combos.
The basic level structure consists of two large brawler sections followed by the Rangers facing off against a monster first on foot and then in their Megazord. Megazord combat is the less than stellar shakeup. You begin in Tankzord form, each player has their own reticle and can fire at marked targets on the giant foe as well as destroy incoming projectiles. After this stage is over, you’ll move on to full-on Megazord combat, which, for me is the biggest disappointment. While the amazing art of Mega Battle combined with the original theme while you battle a giant monster is awesome, these fights are bogged down to simple QTE button presses. Sure, in multiplayer every player has to get it correct to land a hit, but it still feels rather trivial.
The art style of Mega Battle feel’s super cutesy and comic bookie. The characters and monsters all look beautiful, and you’ll have plenty of characters to choose from. Each Ranger has two models while unmorphed one for the first two seasons of the show and you’ll be able to play as fan-favorite Tommy Oliver as bothe the Green and White Ranger.
Mega Battle supports up to four player co-op which is most certainly the best experience the game has to offer. I played once through main story solo and once with a second player. The manic screens of repetitive enemies can quickly lose their charm over the roughly three-hour story if you’re playing solo, but half the entertainment comes from having at least one buddy to play with. You’ll be able to use powerful combination moves with multiple players, these are unlocked on the skill tree mentioned earlier.
After beating the game, you’ll unlock boss rush mode as well as a special floor clearing mode called Rita’s tower. I only played around with these for a short while, but they add some extra playability to an otherwise short game. At a $15.00 price point, the six-level count is excusable, and the boss rush and tower modes add some fun after the fact. The story is also worth multiple runs for the sake of leveling up multiple characters.
If you want a closer look, my pal Tom joined me for a brief look at the games first level over on my Youtube channel which you can check out below.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle is a solid little game for fans of the series as well as fans of 2D Brawlers, it’s out now on Ps4 and Xbox One.
Score: 8 0ut of 10