Power Rangers: MegaForce (Available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Number of Players: 1
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Digital Works Entertainment
Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Review Basis: Completed the game on normal.
I’m a huge Power Rangers fan. Watched the show as kid all the way until the ‘Lost Galaxy’ season back in the day. My favorite were the Mighty Morphin ones, the only series that lasted three seasons. After that, every year would see a new series (Zeo, Turbo, In Space, etc.). 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the show, and Saban (the creators of the series) have decided to celebrate by releasing all kinds of goodies, such as a huge DVD set with every single series, and this 3DS game. I saw the trailer before the start of the summer and instantly fell for it. The reason is simple, the theme song absolutely rocks! It’s a direct homage to the Mighty Morphin days. Because of that, and the 20 year anniversary, I assumed the game would be great for long-time Power Rangers fan.
I should have likely taken my Power Rangers undies off and re-watched the trailer a little closer. Usually when you get an 80-second trailer, and only 10 seconds of it features gameplay footage and the rest is footage from the show, said game is in for a very tough time. To its credit, the MegaForce show looks awesome. I should probably give it a look at some point, and I just might do that however, the game is complete garbage. I ended up having some fun with it near the end, but that’s only because I’m a huge Power Rangers fanboy. It’s the kind of game that even the developers knew they were making a crappy game. They were probably rushed to release this before the holidays. This is the type of game that wants to make a quick buck knowing that kids watching the show will bug their parents for the game, nothing more than that.
The theme song is just that good!
+ All the characters from the show seems to be incorporated well. You have all your main five colored rangers, plus the side character- Robo Knight. There’s also a huge cast of enemies taken directly from the show.
+ You get some interesting power-ups half-way through the game that make battles more interesting.
– The first thing you’ll notice right off the bat is that the game looks like ass. It wouldn’t even pass for an original DS title. Stereoscopic 3D is only supported during cut-scenes, which are just skits with characters talking. Extremely disappointing.
– MegaForce is as repetitive as it gets. Levels have these objectives: defeat all enemies, collect all medals, find the switch, survive 60 second, and defeat the boss. Rinse and repeat. What’s worse is that the game stops to tell you the objective instead of letting you finish a stage without any interruptions, and reminds you that you’ve completed said objective with the words “clear” popping over the screen. Since the entire three-hour adventure composed of 31 levels plays exactly the same, it’s cumbersome to always be interrupted like that.
– Not only is the gameplay redundant, but so are the stages. You’re either fighting in a city, a jungle or an icy cavern. The backgrounds are the same during the entire game.
– Get ready to be annoyed by the ranger’s commands. Each seem to have one or two different phrases, and they alternate between them every two seconds. It makes playing with the volume on damn near impossible.
– If only the mech battles would have been fun, but no that would be asking for too much. Press the attack button until your enemy’s health is diminished then tap the touch screen repetitively. Those are the Megazord battles in a nutshell.
– Hey, here’s some special bonus stages for your efforts! Enjoy the repetitive combat and lame backgrounds again, just this time, these levels are optional. What? You don’t want to play these? Shame on you!
– Apparently, you can buy trading cards in stores and scan them. The game even includes one. I tried scanning it for exactly two minutes and failed. This simple mechanic doesn’t even work properly.
The few moments where I was having fun playing this can be explained by two simple facts; I’m a huge Power Rangers nut and I knew I was almost done playing this travesty. There is no redeeming factor. Do not buy this game, it’s that simple.
Final Score: 2.5/10