Being a Power Ranger. That was the dream of many a pre-teen boy, including mine. Thankfully, as a grown man I don't need to injure myself imitating ranger stunts anymore. Now I can just ruin my eyes playing video games, like the upcoming Super Sentai Battle Ranger Cross game for the Wii.
Now granted, it's not based on Power Rangers but the original Japanese Super Sentai franchise, but the principle is the same: you play as one of several heroes in colored spandex fighting evil in various nondescript industrial areas and rock quarries. Close enough.
This one is based on several years' sentai incarnations, including 2008's Engine Sentai Go-Onger, 2009's Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (known as Power Rangers: Samurai in the west), 2010's Tensou Sentai Goseiger, and the current hotness, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (pictured above). Also, the very first sentai show, 1975's Himitsu Sentai GoRanger will also make an appearance.
Little detail has been given on the game's mechanics, but the screenshots released (in the gallery) suggest that it may be a brawler in a similar vein to Koei's Warriors franchise. That makes sense to me. Every episode of a ranger show, Japanese or otherwise, features a fight where the heroes plow through hordes of disposable minions before facing the boss, then getting into their giant robots.
Sadly, the chances of the game crossing the pond anytime soon are low, though there are other American Power Rangers games in the works, likely because three of the five sentai featured in the game are unlicensed. Bummer, because Gokaiger is one of the coolest sentai in a while.
Look at them! They pirate-themed, so fight with swords and guns at the same time! Their costumes have collars! Plus, they're an anniversary show (the 35th), which means they can "pirate" the abilities and costumes of all the other sentai that came before! Check out their OP below, and if you're feelin' the ranger fever, you can check out the dutiful Super Hero Time recaps of community member The Crimson Blade.
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