STAFF REVIEW of Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Super Edition (Xbox One)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
by Heather Webster

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Super Edition Box art Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Super Edition is the latest version of an old classic franchise. It has great graphics and details in its artwork and style of design that Power Ranger fans will enjoy. As for the general gameplay and comparability to other major fighting games... I do not think it really holds a fighting chance against the classics like Mortal Kombat, Street fighter or Tekken. Battle current and classic Rangers and enemies in teams of three against the CPU, your friends online or in your home on the same system. You can be a master battler and train to use specific button combos or be a classic button masher to get the job done. Your battle team choices have endless possibilities.

Lord Drakkon has decided its time to take out the Empress and reign over the realm in his overall quest to destroy the Power Rangers! (some things never change). Play through the story mode and battle the villains that Lord Drakkon sends after you, but you do not get the choice of who you play as during story mode so every level you are a different fighter as you progress.

The combat flow and smoothness of the game is decent like other popular fighting games, but I find I am not as excited about the Power Rangers the same way I am with Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter. When it comes to the 1 on 1, vs 3 on 3, I noticed the biggest differences were just the length of the matches, as with 3 you get more of the chance to kick ass. But as for overall flow of the fights I did not notice a big difference. If you do not want to fully switch your active player you can call on one or both of your backup characters to create a triple combo hit between your team mates on your opponents as they quickly tag in, do their move, and return.

If you splurge and purchase The Super edition, you get all the DLC from Seasons 1, 2 and 3, as well as the Street Fighter pack. This is a lot of DLC, not just interesting and unique skins, but characters as well, rounding out the roster by quite a few. Within this DLC you then get to add all of the following to your roster of fighters and different costumes they wear.

Season One Pass: Jen Scotts - Time Force Pink Ranger, Trey of Triforia - Zeo Gold Ranger and Lord Zedd, as well as the exclusive Red Dragon Shield skin for Jason Lee Scott.

Season Two Pass: Anubis 'Doggie' Cruger - SPD Shadow Ranger, Eric Myers - Time Force Quantum Ranger and Dai Shi - Jungle Fury Villain, as well as the exclusive Tommy Oliver MMPR White Ranger Skin

Season Three Pass: Robert 'RJ' James - Jungle Fury Ranger, Lauren Shiba - Super Samurai Ranger, Scorpina - MMPR, as well as the exclusive Dai Shi Phantom Beast King Skin.

Street Fighter Pack: Ryu, Crimson Hawk Ranger and Chun-Li, Blue Phoenix Ranger as well as their Angel Grove Class of '93 Skins exclusive to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid.

My favorites to play in this game have been Tommy in the White Ranger skins as he seems to be one of the easier to manage and best Rangers to use, I also have the most wins with him on my team. Goldar is currently my most used fighter, as I like him for his size and abilities while still having enough of a response time to not just get obliterated like some of the other fighters. The other character I have been using on my team is Scorpina for her speed and powers as well. I was disappointed to see that Rita was not included in any of the DLC packs because I think she's such an iconic character from the show and would have been a super cool option as a playable character.

Within the game you can battle your friends in local or online play with 3 characters each and a time limit. The person with the least damage wins like most other fighters. I have a lot of fun with this against my friends online. We can just log on and battle with either the same teams or change it up every time. It really helped me figure out my best team combo.

If you are a really big fan of the Power Rangers (from any version or era) and want to feel nostalgic then go ahead and download Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid from Xbox Game Pass for free. If you are a major fan and want the extra characters and the coolest skins, then go ahead and get the Super Edition, but for me I do not think this would have been something I would have bought on my own as the cost for me does not equal out to the value since I'm not the biggest Power Rangers fan out there. I have had a lot of fun with the game and my friend online, but aside from that I would still likely choose Street fighter or Mortal Kombat for its mechanics if given the choice.

**Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Super Edition was provided by the publisher and reviewed on an Xbox One S**

Overall: 6.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10


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