Title: Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
Developer: nWay Inc.
Genre: Fighting, Action, Multiplayer
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 26/03/2019
Price: £17.99 – Rapid Reviews UK was very kindly provided with a review code for this game.
What the Developers say
A modern take on the 25 year franchise, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid showcases stunning graphics and vivid details. Pit current and classic Rangers and villains like never before in 3 vs. 3 tag battles. Test your skills online against friends and players from around the world for endless replayability. A streamlined combat system welcomes newcomers with simplified controls while maintaining depth for the most dedicated competitor to learn and master.
True fact, when I was a little boy, I was a member of a Power Ranger Club. I was my favourite Ranger, the Green Ranger. So when I heard that nWay were releasing a new Power Rangers game on the Switch, I couldn’t wait to try it out. Did this game Rita Repulsa me or was it MEGA cool? Read on to find out.
Audio and Visual
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid looks and sounds fantastic on the Nintendo Switch. The on-screen action is smooth and fluid, even when the battle is in full swing. I spent most of my time playing in handheld mode and I didn’t see any downgrade in quality when in docked mode with the Pro Controller.
The audio is a faithful recreation of the sounds from the TV show, including the Green Ranger’s flute to call his Dragonzord. The soundtrack is a little generic. However, the rock-inspired tracks suits the action perfectly.
Gameplay and Replayability
As a gamer who doesn’t usually enjoy these sorts of games due to the difficulty curve, I was a little concerned that I would give up after a few fights. Fortunately, this game is rewarding for all players. It’s simple enough to pick up and play with some button bashing which suits casuals players like myself while being challenging for more competitive players.
As you can see below, there are several offline and online games modes available. I particularly enjoyed the arcade mode, and although I was defeated on many occasions, the game allowed me to continue until I beat the boss. The online mode did suffer from a number of issues in terms of connecting to an opponent. However, the Developers have acknowledged this, and a fix is in the works.
Ranked Mode: Match up against players from across the world in online battles and fight to earn League Points.
Casual Mode: Similar to Ranked Mode, but without the pressure of losing League Points. This is the best place to practice with new characters or just have fun.
Versus Mode: Compete against another player or the computer.
Arcade Mode: Fight in a series of battles that ultimately ends against the final boss.
Training Mode: Hone your skills against training mode AI and utilize a variety of functions specifically tailored to training.
Tutorial: Learn how to play the game’s core mechanics by playing in a series of step-by-step instructions.
Something not included in the game is a Single-Player Campaign mode. I feel this would have been an excellent inclusion to the game. Another issue that some players might have with the game is the limited number of fighters and venues. You can purchase a Season Pass, for £12.99, which will give you three new characters (although they won’t be available until June) and an exclusive Dragon Shield Red skin for the Red Ranger. Paid DLC is always a contentious issue for gamers, but at the end of the day, it’s your choice to purchase or not. I have a feeling that nWay might add more characters and venues in future game updates.
This game has enough to keep you coming back for more. Pro players will want to master all character combos. In terms of online modes, competitive Rangers will find the challenge of getting to the top of the leaderboards satisfying.
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a game that any fan of the series, new or old, will love. nWay has done a brilliant job of recreating locations from the Power Rangers world, my personal favourite being the Command Centre. If you’re after some button bashing fighting fun, as some of your favourite characters from the past 25 years, I highly recommend Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid.
Rapid Reviews UK Rating
You can purchase Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid on the Nintendo eShop at the following link, https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Power-Rangers-Battle-for-the-Grid-1536097.html#Overview