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Feb 192011
 

In honor of the Power Rangers 15th anniversary on network television comes Power Rangers Super Legends for the Playstation 2. Can you believe it has been that long?

It’s been years since Zordon’s noble sacrifice from Power Rangers in Space, which permanently destroyed all of the classic villains. Now classic villain Lord Zedd is back and is trying to alter the course of history by destroying every Power Ranger throughout time. Lead by the Omega Ranger, it’s up to each group of rangers to stop him.

Each group of levels takes place in a different Power Ranger era. Unfortunately, only two rangers can be summoned at a time. Most likely it’s the leader and the second in command from each Power Ranger team. There’s no morphing in this game. Although all of the rangers’ skills are exactly the same, it’s still nice to play these characters.

As you go through the levels, you collect time orbs to upgrade the ranger. When he/she gets killed it takes up half the orbs to upgrade the ranger. So collect as many as you can. There are also timeline collectibles and ranger letters to spell “Ranger” to unlock new rangers and other things. However, those items are difficult to find and/or hard to reach like the star coins on New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Feel free to explore every level. They could be anywhere.

The enemies aren’t too bad, but some are tougher than others. The only ones I really struggled with are the enemies with guns because the laser blasts will follow you everywhere you go. That’s why it’s best to take them out first.

As for bosses, there are no henchmonsters like on the earlier Power Rangers video games from the 90s. This time the rangers fight the more powerful minions like Moltor from Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Trekeena from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, and Goldar from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The battles are highly repetitive, but exciting. After getting a third of the boss’s life meter down, he retreats temporarily and enemies appear. You must defeat them all before the boss comes back in.

There are also Megazord battles that come afterwards against the same bosses, but are controlled differently. In order to attack or defend you have to follow a button pattern. I find that frustrating at times because the patterns are always random and you have to follow it quickly, or no dice.

This was a great video game of the Power Rangers that is both modern and sticks to its roots. The graphics are amazing too, but in some levels, that makes it difficult to tell where the pits of death are. At least the risk isn’t too damaging.

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