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Quick Look: Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Ben and Jan pop into their megazords because it's MORPHIN' TIME!!!

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Mar. 30 2019

Cast: Ben, Jan

Posted by: Jan

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Go go probably disappointing fighting game!

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@cikame: Yeah, watching this it seems kinda okay?

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Jan reads & reviews Power rangers, new premium podcast!

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I've bought and played much, much worse for £25 (Silverfall springs to mind). This looks okay actually. Far superior to any other Power Rangers game that included fighting - of which I can only recall the side scrolling beat em ups which were dreadful.

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I would expect that there are no voices because it’s a budget title. Not because of rights issues.

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What a Random Roster. Tommy, Jason, Goldar I get. Lord Drakkon and Ranger Slayer are the new Hotness, but Kay Manx, Gia, and a random Drakkon Sentry? I guess that's why I only saw the Actor who played Gia promoting this, someone must really love the Magna Defender. That said we should be happy it's not just all five rangers that Tommy Oliver Is.

The Zord assist is hilarious, but it would make Zordan cry. He literally had rules against doing this. Rule number 2 in fact.

I get large rosters are hard to balance, but you don't even have a complete team of Rangers.

Kat Manx is the weirdest pull. If you asked me to name 50 characters that would be in a Ranger Fighting game, I probably wouldn't pull Kat.

Edit: Just had a thought that probably explains a lot. Recently Hasbro has bought the entire Power Ranger brand lock stock and barrel. Now I'm not sure the production of the game, so this game was in development on a shoestring budget on old Saban, given how Saban hate's spending money on things. It would explain the lack of VO or using clips from the show.

Also Lord Zedd needs to be added to this.

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As a (admittedly casual) fan of Super Sentai, hearing Jan explain all of this absurd Power Rangers lore just reignites my hatred for Haim Saban. Plus if this game's quality is indicative of how little Saban cares about the Power Rangers IP and its diehard fans, just think of how badly the source material is being shit on here.

Seeing Gokai Yellow in particular bums me out. Luka deserves better!

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Jan is a gift.

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@garwalk : This is where I am with too. I watched Power Rangers as a kid (basically only the original series and maybe a little past that?), but Super Sentai is so vastly superior and has so much more care put into it that I find it crazy that anyone my age (that would have access to it) still pays Power Rangers any mind. If for no other reason than Saban seems like kind of a garbage company (the stuff they pulled with Chroma Squad was pretty shitty, though at least they let them put out the game). I've been watching the Super Sentai boxsets that Shout Factory has been putting out for old stuff and it's really weird seeing characters I'm familiar with have completely different names.

It's not quite as strong as my burning hatred of Harmony Gold and Robotech, but it gets up there.

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I've never heard a harder sell than Jan talking about the Power Rangers comics. I was interested at first looking into this game but Jan really knows how to make me want to get into something

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I've never heard a harder sell than Jan talking about the Power Rangers comics. I was interested at first looking into this game but Jan really knows how to make me want to get into something

I would recommend the Boom Studios Power Rangers books to anyone. Not just Power Rangers or Comics fans. They just great, well-written stories with great art.

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@rigas: I'll definitely look into it. It seems like I've been missing out on a lot. Doing a bit of research to figure out where to start haha

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Thanks for the brief history lesson. I've checked out of the power rangers after the initial show run. The most recent movie wasn't terrible, but know I may check out the comics. They must be in the 40s by now...

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How can we get Jan to spill more about Power Rangers.

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@everydayrobot: The main book, by Kyle Higgins, is about 30ish issues. You can start at issue 1, or if that's too daunting you can very easily jump in with the "Shattered Grid" event which starts at issue 24.

The Go Go Power Rangers series is mostly stand alone as it deals with the start of their career as rangers. There is some crossover with the Shattered Grid event. It also a great book but can isn't necessary to understand the main series.

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@garwalk: it looks like a pretty decent fighting game. It's definitely more effort than Toei has put into any Sentai game in the last 10+ years.

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a junior fighting game for the junior scientist

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I appreciate the cheeky "Cat got your tongue?" title they're using

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Jan. Please. Tell me more about Power Rangers.

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IDW puts out the Power Rangers comic, and I've always been kind of interested in giving it a shot because their Ninja Turtles series is fucking phenomenal.

I really hope that this game is some kind of a test run. It is woefully bland, but Clockwork, Justin Wong, and Yipes (FGC peeps who love Marvel 2, among other games) did a few pre-release live streams showing this game off and by all accounts it seems to be pretty darn fun and competent. The fighting itself deserves to be backed by a real budget to allow for something more fully fledged (kind of like MvC: Infinite, ironically enough).

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Jan and ben power rangers recap podcats: All systems GO GO POWER RANGERS

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I'd listen to a Jan-hosted All Systems Power Rangers in a minute

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Such an odd roster. Looks like it plays well enough though.

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I feel like doing 3 person teams rather than 1 on 1 really highlights how small the roster is.

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Jan going on a tangent? A.. Jangent, perhaps?

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I haven't had a chance to play it yet, but everyone I know that has played this game says it is actually a very fun solid foundation.

I hope it does well for the devs so they support it and enhance the roster.

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Hold on. Where the fuck is Ryu?

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Ohhh. Hmmmm. Rangers of Power you are.

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This actually seems kinda fun. Now do a Pretty Cu -- Er, Glitter Force game, thanks Saban.

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I think I've joked about this before, but now it's a serious question: how big of a nerd is Jan?

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Comments like these prove there are multiple deep lore experts on just about everything. I mean I won't say where do you people even find the time, but...

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Seems ridiculous in a 3 on 3 title there are so few characters, that's what really lets down the roster. Feel like needs to be at least one ranger from each interation of the show, could almost have each colour as an echo fighter so same base skills but different weapons....ecen for a budget title that surely would have been doable.

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Jan's love of Pokemon and Power Rangers speaks to me on a deep level.

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@garwalk Saban doesn't own Power Rangers anymore, Hasbro bought it out.

I would love if this game had a Dex and Ferbus DLC, but I doubt Hasbro has the rights to that. I think a podcast reviewing all of the Toku localizations that came in the wake of Power Rangers (Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, a Gridman localization, is one of my personal favorites) would be even better than one on Power Rangers.

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Excellent insight into the extended canon, Jan. Much love for the OG Power Rangers, just stopped watching around the same time as Ben.

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the power rangers lore minute is the highlight of this quick look. Learnt a bunch. the game itself looks bad. the gameplay may be ok but having a 3vs3 game with only 9 characters would get old fast and of course the presentation is straight garbage. i would of rather they work on this another year and release it at full price as fully realized game. I see no reason to invest in this when DBFZ offers the same niche and just had the season 2 big patch.

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I think I've joked about this before, but now it's a serious question: how big of a nerd is Jan?

He worked on Mythbusters. I'm pretty sure that answers it.


Anyway, I stopped watching Power Rangers after Dino Thunder cause i got into anime. But i watched a lot of Power Rangers during the Twitch marathon and i just have to say, Power Rangers RPM is fucking amazing.

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I need Jan to do a Pokemon Nuzlock run or a Pokemon (or Power Rangers) rewatch podcast. I could listen to Jan talk about that ALL DAY

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Good news:

They keep adding licenses I like to mostly competent fighting games.

Bad News:

Our homogeneous, low-iq agenda has convinced them trash half-games like Cross Tag and UNIST are worth emulating/continuing.

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Jan is legit making me think about getting a Comixology subscription to read those comics. Dude has been a great addition to the crew.

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Back when i was a kid a teenager with attitude was given cool powers and a giant robot to pilot... now they're just toxic youtube commentors... thanks the internet.

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Saban actually doesn't own Power Rangers anymore. Hasbro bought out the whole thing last year.

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@toug: "Saban's" is still on everything, because he's a litigious asshole.