- System: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: nWay Games
- Developer: nWay Games
- Release Date: April 2, 2019
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Fighting
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://battleforthegrid.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Akin to many 3 vs. 3 fighters, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid has a very simple set up that acts as a strength and weakness for the title. Players get to choose from various rangers that span from the original series to Power Rangers Megaforce. The roster—as of now—is quite small with only 9 playable characters, but one thing Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid does incredibly well is how each fighter isn’t just a clone of one another. Fighting games that aspire to be like Marvel vs. Capcom have a large amount of work to do to succeed, but Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid pulls off greatness with a fighting game system that works incredibly well.
Take the Red Ranger—better known as Jason Lee Scott the first Red Ranger. Being the leader of the original Power Rangers, Jason is quick, strong and pretty well rounded. In Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, the same applies with a wide range of attacks that utilize his might sword and his blaster when the need arises. The Green Ranger—everyone’s favorite Tommy Oliver—is similar to his partner but utilizes more agile moves with an emphasis on quick and in your face dagger attacks. The Mastodon Black Ranger comes from the comic book series—World of the Coinless—uses his rifle that shoots laser projectiles and equally hits with power and force. Meanwhile, Goldar—who also is included in Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid—acts as a grappler type character alongside the lesser known Magna Defender from Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid keeps the classic fighting game mechanics in check, but it doesn’t just do that well…it plays quite well too.
In terms of fighting system, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a blast to play. If you’re a fan of other well-known 3 vs 3 tag fighters, then you’re going to find Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid quick to master and even easier to enjoy. Utilizing a 4-button system and adding tag components, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid surprised us with how well it felt to make combos and unleash brutal beatdowns. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid also adds an emergency mechanic in the form of a combo that unleashes one of three giant Zords—one being Goldar so actually a monster—as a screen hitting series of attacks. We never felt this was a cheap move either as the attacks come with a danger screen and can only be used for three attacks and when you’re down to two characters. The combat whether against online opponents or CPU is a blast to play and makes Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid one of the better fighters we’ve enjoyed from a licensed brand.
ow, we’ve mentioned only good things about Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, but there are some negatives we’ve found while playing. It’s important to note though that a lot of these issues can—and might be—corrected as updates continue to release for Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid. For example, as of right now there is no story mode which kind of hurts the longevity of Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid and hurts as a fan wishing there was a cool story being told for why the rangers are duking it out among themselves. As we mentioned in the story section of our review, there is a story mode to be included at a later date and we’re excited to see that. Another issue with Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid can be seen in the lack of voice acting. While the story mode missing from action can be forgiven, why are there no voice actors used in Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid? We understand there’s probably a ton of money needed to get voice actors to reprise their roles from the series, but even sound clips would have been then the occasional grunts or mute moments the characters have…
That also in turn leads us to the graphics. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid at times can look pretty good with strong character designs and a clear understanding of the source material. The backdrops and stages though look subpar. We understand that at the end of the day, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid only costs twenty bucks—which is a steal by the way—but more stages need to be included at some point just to give more variety to fights. Though it seems like a lot of content is coming to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid—already three new fighters have been announced—which gives us hope nWay Games will add stages as well.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Excellent fighting game mechanics
- Strong—but small—character roster of various rangers from the Power Ranger universe
- Simple but fun controls with a wide berth for mastery
- Tons of content to come has us excited
- No voice acting and lack of stages can be a bit annoying as well as strange
- Online matches are a bit tough to find due to online populous