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10 Reasons To Be Excited About Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid

The licensed fighting game Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid came from humble beginnings and mixed reviews. With, less-than-stellar graphics and a relatively meager roster with only a handful of fighters (especially harmful to a 3 versus 3 game, a small roster essentially guarantees frequent overlap between opponents' teams), it's safe to say that the fighting game community at large was unimpressed by the small game's launch back in 2019.

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A couple of years down the line, though, and everything has changed. Thanks to frequent support from the developers, both in content and in community, Battle for the Grid has grown into something quite impressive. Of particular note are some flashy team mechanics and exceptionally good technical decisions that make the game a breeze to play with others. Fighting game fans who missed out on Battle for the Grid at launch will definitely want to give it a second look.

10 A Gentle Learning Curve

Power Rangers does all it can to ease beginners into the world of fighting games, namely through reducing the execution barrier for special moves, assists, and super attacks, which can all be done at the touch of a button. Beyond that, the game features strong tutorials and simple system mechanics that won't require much effort to understand.

This doesn't mean that the game is an easy one to master, though. Despite the accessibility and simple controls, Battle for the Grid doesn't lack advanced tricks and techniques that experienced players can use to gain an edge in battle. Layer in some interesting movement mechanics and tricky combos, and it becomes clear that this is a fighting game to be reckoned with.

9 Outrageous Combos And Powers

Perhaps the biggest source of inspiration for Battle for the Grid's gameplay is the similarly insane Marvel vs. Capcom series, famous for its high-speed gameplay, wild characters, and mind-blowing combos that would see characters being blown up into the air across dozens and dozens of hits.

Power Rangers happily builds on this legacy: with three characters to a team, lasers, swords, and dinosaurs can be flying all over the screen as the mighty morphers fight it out. Elevating the chaos is the introduction of Megazords, an ability that charges as the player takes damage, that allows them to summon their favorite Megazord to stomp on their opponent.

8 A Street Fighter Crossover

In a huge crossover announcement that almost nobody saw coming, Street Fighter legends Chun-Li and Ryu stopped by Angel Grove to become permanent additions to the Battle for the Grid roster. They both sport their signature moves that Street Fighter fans are familiar with, but their functionality has been adapted for the crazy combos of Battle for the Grid -- for example, some combos see Ryu doing a downright ludicrous amount of Shoryukens.

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At any rate, a crossover with the biggest franchise in fighting games signals how far Power Rangers has come since its launch. There certainly isn't a much better way to claim legitimacy than to have both Ryu and Chun grace the game with their presence.

7 Beginner-Friendly Controls

One common barrier to entry that beginners cite as an obstacle to getting into fighting games is the motion input: moving the stick in a complex way to throw a fireball or execute a dragon punch can be frustrating. Veterans may scoff that motions are important for game balance and not that hard to begin with, but cleanly and consistently executing several motions in a long combo can be tricky for those with less experience.

Power Rangers opts to simplify this control scheme, but not the flexibility of combos and movesets. Players can execute special movies by inputting a directional command and a single button, similarly to in Smash Bros., but it's clear that the developers balanced the specials around this ease of execution, so it doesn't feel like players can unthinkingly mash their most powerful moves.

6 Cool Tag Mechanics

Similar to other 3 versus 3 fighters on the market, players in Battle for the Grid can call on the members of their term not currently in the fight to perform assist attacks. That's all fairly standard, but what makes Power Rangers stand out is the emphasis that the game places on these assists and swapping characters on the fly, which suits the chaotic gameplay perfectly.

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In Battle for the Grid, a player can tag in a character even after they have finished performing their assist, which makes the team mechanics feel extremely fleshed out and opens up some exciting new offensive options. Things can get pretty crazy with so many characters on the screen, especially when players can freely swap which one they're currently controlling, but that's part of what makes the game so interesting.

5 An Impressive Showcase Of The Power Rangers Legacy

Although players don't have to be a Power Rangers fan to enjoy Battle for the Grid, those who grew up with the series will almost certainly find a handful of rangers from their favorite series on the roster. The game features an impressive spread of rangers and villains from all sorts of Power Rangers media; including the original series and its many sequels and spin-offs, as well as comics.

All of this is coupled with a pretty cool single-player story that pits the original rangers and an assortment of crossover characters against the forces of evil. Expect to see some familiar faces here, but that doesn't mean that there aren't surprises in store for longtime fans as well.

4 Strong Support For The Competitive Scene

For such a small team, the developers over at nWay games have done an excellent job of fostering support for the game's small but active competitive scene, which is just about the best thing a smaller fighting game community can receive. There's a League system of online tournaments and in-game events that anyone can participate in, similar in concept to Capcom Pro Tour, that allows players to test their luck fighting to the top.

On top of that, Power Rangers' excellent netcode allows it to be a regular at major tournaments that have been forced to shift operations online due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is a luxury even some major titles like Tekken don't have.

3 A Constantly Expanding Roster

Despite its humble beginnings (only a handful of characters, dubious graphics, and no voice acting to speak of) the Power Rangers dev team refused to give up on the game, and continued patching in new mechanics, new stages, and most importantly of all, new characters.

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The meager launch roster has seriously come into its own as of late, now sporting an impressive 23 fighters with unique playstyles and team synergy, which is a good population to have even for bigger fighting games, to say nothing of a low-budget licensed title.

2 Full Crossplay

Fighting game player numbers can suffer on account of a lack of crossplay functionality; that is, the ability to play with online players from different platforms, from Xbox to PS4 for example. This can sometimes spell doom for smaller games by splitting an already small player base across insurmountable gaps between platforms.

Happily, Power Rangers does away with this shortcoming so common to the genre. The game is available on five platforms and has full crossplay functionality for every single one of them. This feature is so impressive, in fact, that it feels like it needs to be standard on every other fighting game on the market.

1 Fantastic Netcode

One of the biggest selling points for Battle for the Grid is its outrageously good netcode. The game features a full rollback solution, putting it leagues ahead of even legacy series like Street Fighter and Tekken in terms of its online functionality. Those who live in less populous regions or don't have access to the world's best internet can still enjoy the game with players all over the world.

This functionality, combined with crossplay, means that although the game's community is relatively small, the online matchmaking is never hurting for players. Once again, it feels like this game, despite its comparatively low budget, is leagues ahead of some of the biggest fighting games out there in terms of its online multiplayer.

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