The nostalgia train is rolling full steam these days. Countless games are on the market that tap into childhood memories. I don’t mind this tactic, but the games can vary in quality. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle is one of those nostalgic games that will be a hit or miss to Xbox and Playstation players. I admit that Mega Battle spoke to me on a very nostalgic level and I loved every second playing as the Power Rangers.
Unless you were born under a rock, you probably all know about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Five teenagers with attitude take on Rita Repulsa and protect Angel Grove from her forces of evil. Each of the teenagers have a morpher that transforms them into a powerful fighting team. In each episode, you have a villian of the week who is defeated, then grows to Godzilla like proportions, and is defeated again by the Ranger’s Megazords. The game pretty much sums up the beginning of the Power Ranger’s story and take you through six levels of combat as you race to save the world.
Let’s start with the basics. If Mega Battle came out 20 years ago, it would be a fantastic cabinet game that you would find in your local arcade. If you ever enjoyed games like X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade, Final Fight, or Streets of Rage, then this game would definitely appeal to you. Mega Battle is a classic brawler. You side scroll through three different stages in each level. You see bad guy, you punch and kick bad guy. You pick up power ups and health as you play the game. There is always a big boss at the end of stage three. The basic formula is there in all it’s nostalgic glory. Fortunately, Bandai Namco added some additional features that boost the replay value of the game.
Each Ranger has different stats and abilities. Some are more agile and others are more prominent in their martial arts abilities. As you defeat enemies, you collect orbs that the enemies leave behind. As soon as you collect enough, you can morph into a Power Ranger. Each Ranger has a pretty large list of combo moves that make the action really fun and exciting. They all have melee or range weapons that are used to devastating effect. The enemies can be challenging at times and get progressively harder. Granted, the Puddies are still dumb and easy to kill. However, the mid-tier and final bosses can be a challenge.
The gameplay is not perfect, which is pretty fitting. It plays like an old arcade machine. Some buttons and joystick movements can be unresponsive, so it is easy to lose hit combos or not move like you want. Luckily, this isn’t a problem when you get to the final stage of the boss, where you will have to successfully complete a quick time event in order to proceed. The action and character unlocks are great. But one of the coolest features is the skill tree. As you level up, you can use Ranger Coins to upgrade your character. You can get more health, new moves, and unlock team up moves that wipe out countless enemies. It adds a lot of replay value.
The biggest downside to Mega Battle is the lack of online play. WHY CAN’T I DO HOODRAT RANGER STUFF WITH MY FRIENDS ONLINE?????? This drives me crazy. Coach co-op is fine, but you need to have a player with a certain skill level in order to be successful. My 8 year-old and 3 year-old had a bit of a tough time, especially with the quick time boss fights. All players must hit the buttons in the right sequence in order to attack the boss. Needless to say, my 3 year-old is NOT prepared for QTE.
Mega Battle hit all the right nostalgic buttons for me. It’s a fun, action packed brawler like I used to play when I was a kid. Technical aspects and lack of online play are disappointing, but I still managed to get several hours of enjoyment out of it. And, if you are an achievement hunter, you can grab easy achievements or trophies with this game!
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle is available now on Xbox One and Playstation 4. The price is $14.99.
If you are still unsure about it, check out our video below and check out some gameplay from one of the early levels in the game!
Skill tree for each ranger
No online mode!
Technical problems with gameplay
Challenging for young gamers