Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

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Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
Developer(s)nWay Games
Publisher(s)nWay Games
Lionsgate Games
Platform(s)Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
ReleaseXbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • WW: March 26, 2019
PlayStation 4
  • WW: April 2, 2019
Genre(s)Fighting, beat 'em up, action
Mode(s)Single-player, versus multiplayer

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a fighting game created by San Francisco-based game developer nWay with characters from the Power Rangers franchise. It was released digitally for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2019, and for PlayStation 4 on April 2, 2019. A Microsoft Windows and Google Stadia version will follow later in 2019. From June 10, 2019 to July 8, 2019 Limited Run Games took pre-orders for a standard physical release on the Switch and PlayStation 4 alongside a more expensive Mega Edition. The physical releases are expected to ship by November 2019. It was also announced by Limited Run Games that a limited supply of the standard physical release will also hit brick and mortar stores with an alternate game cover from the pre-order.

Gameplay[edit]

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a fighting game in which players compete in battle using characters with different fighting styles and special attacks. Players select teams of three characters to engage in one-on-one combat, and can choose to switch between them at any point during the match. When all three opposing teammates have been eliminated a Victory is declared. Ultra attacks can also be performed, calling on Megazords to assist with the battle.[1]

Ranked Online, Arcade, Versus, Casual Online, Training and Tutorial modes were available at the game's launch.[2] A story mode, based on the "Shattered Grid" storyline and written by Boom! Studios Power Rangers comic book writer Kyle Higgins, was added to the game in April 2019 along with three additional characters, voice acting and two new stages.[3] Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actors Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, David J. Fielding and Kerrigan Mahan reprise their respective roles as Tommy Oliver/Lord Drakkon, Jason Lee Scott, Zordon and Goldar.[3] An update in July 2019 added three characters via the first Season Pass, and additional features such as cross-platform play between the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One versions of the game.[4]

Characters[edit]

The game currently features twelve playable characters, with three additional characters available as downloadable content via the first season pass.[5]

^a Free downloadable content character
^b Paid downloadable content character

Plot[edit]

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are training in the Command Center when it is breached by Lord Drakkon, an alternate future version of Tommy Oliver who destroyed the other Rangers and killed Rita Repulsa in his dimension. Despite the arrival of Time Force Ranger Jen Scotts from the future, Drakkon manages to kill the younger Tommy and escapes. With his Chaos Crystal now charged by Tommy's green chaos energy, Drakkon and his forces begin travelling across time and space, using his Dragon Cannons to remove Rangers' powers and steal their morphers. Zordon sends a warning through the Morphin Grid and, with Jen's help, begins sending Rangers through time to protect other Rangers being pursued by Drakkon.

During an encounter with the Ranger Slayer, a future version of herself from Drakkon's universe, Kimberly Hart manages to free her from Drakkon's control, though Ranger Slayer continues to feign loyalty to avert suspicion. The Rangers regroup at Corinth, where Dr. K is working on a way to disrupt the Dragon Cannons, but they come under attack by Drakkon's forces, including several Power Rangers placed under his control. Drakkon, who has powered himself up using the stolen morphers, arrives and overwhelms the Rangers, forcing them to retreat to the Command Center. Ranger Slayer arrives and reveals Drakkon's plan is to gain full control of the Morphin Grid, using the morphers to increase his resonance with it. She suggests destroying his tower in their home dimension, preventing him from crossing dimensions and sharing his morphers' powers with his armies. Knowing they will be unable to do so alone, Zordon asks Rita to help stop Drakkon.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(NS) 60/100[6]
(PS4) 58/100[7]
(XONE) 48/100[8]
Review scores
PublicationScore
IGN6.8/10[9]
Nintendo Life6/10 stars[10]

Power Rangers Battle for the Grid has received mixed reviews, with reviewers praising the gameplay but criticizing the presentation and lack of content at launch.[6] IGN gave the game a 6.8 rating, praising the fighting system and tag mechanics but criticising the graphics, lack of modes and characters.[9] Mike Fahey of Kotaku also criticized the launch roster but praised the accessibility of the fighting mechanics for players at various skill levels.[11] Screen Rant praised the game for using the Marvel vs Capcom tag-team fighting system while adding new features like the assist-takeover move. They too criticised the lack of characters, non-existent story and highlighted the fact that for a game that was celebrating 25 Years of Power Rangers, it only featured characters from four series.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Power Rangers Battle for the Grid Available Today". battleforthegrid.com. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  2. ^ "Launch Features and Content". battleforthegrid.com. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "'Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid Shattered Grid Story Mode Trailer Revealed; Update Live Today". comicbook.com. April 30, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Moyse, Chris (July 11, 2019). "Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid adds crossplay, improved matchmaking and reveals three new DLC characters". Destructoid. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid - Season One Pass". Microsoft. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Switch Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid PS4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid XBox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Saltzman, Mitchell (March 28, 2019). "Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Review". IGN. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Reseigh-Lincoln, Dom (March 27, 2019). "Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  11. ^ Fahey, Mike (March 28, 2019). "The New Power Rangers Fighting Game Could Use A Lot More Power Rangers". Kotaku. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  12. ^ Raymond, Nicholas (March 31, 2019). "Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Review - It's Missing Too Much". Screen Rant. Retrieved April 3, 2019.

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