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Game Info:

Power Rangers Megaforce
Developed by: Aspect Digital, Digital Works
Published by: Namco Bandai Games
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Available on: 3DS
Genre: Side-Scrolling Action
Number of Players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: E10+ for fantasy violence
Price:  $39.99
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Thank you Namco Bandai for sending us this game to review!

The Power Rangers are at a disadvantage since the enemy has taken and scattered their power cards around the world.  You must regain your powers by retrieving your cards and eliminating any enemy that gets in your way.  With the guidance of Gosei, and teamwork between the Power Rangers and Robo Knight, nothing is impossible for the Earth's defenders!

There are five areas in this game with six levels each.  The last level in each section is an epic boss battle where you get to control Gosei's Megazord.  When you complete a level, the next one becomes available to play.  As you progress in the game you'll unlock ten additional secret levels that take place in a virtual reality environment.  

Most of the levels take place in an urban environment with the occasional ice themed area.  You can control and switch between the five Power Rangers.  Each has their own unique weapon or ability.  For example, the pink Power Ranger can jump the highest.  All of the Power Rangers come equipped with close combat and long distance attack maneuvers.  

Highlights:

Strong Points: Retro style side scrolling beat 'em up action 
Weak Points: Repetitive gameplay, dialogue, and background music; tacky visuals; game crashed on me once
Moral Warnings: Violence

Like many side-scrolling action games, you'll get swarmed with henchman called “loogies” to vanquish.  In order to progress in the level you'll have to defeat a certain amount of them, or survive their attacks for sixty seconds.  Another common task is to collect a set number of Gosei coins that are hidden inside nearby crates or enemies.

There's not much variety when it comes to enemies.  The loogies come in a few different colors, but they are all relatively easy to dispatch.  The silly villains with their antics and cheesy dialogue adds some humor to this game.  You'll go up against baddies like Vrak, No-Joke, Metal Alice, Yuffo, and Bluefur.  The only enemy I had trouble with was the final boss which took me a few tries to defeat.  If you want challenge, you can play the game in difficult mode.  (I played Normal)

It took me roughly five and a half hours to beat the game.  If I wanted to extend the gameplay I could increase the difficulty or go back and collect items that were inaccessible before.  Quite frankly, I have no urge to do so.

Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 64%
Gameplay - 12/20
Graphics - 5/10
Sound - 6/10
Stability - 4/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 96%
Violence - 8/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The gameplay is repetitive and the story and characters are tacky.  I did like the voice acting but many of the phrases said by the inactive Power Rangers are useless and annoying. Who cares if they can “hear birds” and I know that there is probably something inside of the crate so I don't need to hear “I wonder what's inside!" every five seconds.  

The visuals are downright disappointing.  There is not much of a difference between the 2D and 3D enabled mode.  Then again this title is probably best suited for those who shouldn't have the 3D activated anyway.  My five year old son enjoyed this game and is probably the targeted age group.  I think it's cute that this game lets you snap a picture of yourself (or your kid) and shows you (or them) morphing into a Power Ranger.  You can also scan Power Ranger cards to unlock features in this game.  The game comes with a card in the box.

Overall I think my son enjoyed this game more than I did.  If you have a young boy that likes the Power Rangers or beat em' up style games, Power Rangers Megaforce is a worthy purchase.  For everyone else, I recommend waiting until this title hits the bargain bin.

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Cheryl Gress

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