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Given that the TV series is hardly noted for its wonderful acting or professional presentation, I must admit to being rather suspicious as to how a game based on this license would be presented. Those few seconds watching the game load up were filled with thoughts of how bad this game was likely to be... thankfully, I was wrong..!
PR Lightspeed Rescue is a more or less a top-down 3rd person fighting game where you get to pick one of the five Power Rangers and complete mission based objectives.
The Power Ranger world is obviously a colorful one with nice bright character designs and generally spiffy backgrounds. The world is a 3D polygonal one and is actually quite well modeled. There is no mistaking each hero or the many villains that they will have to dispatch. You will also be treated to some (rather grainy) clips from the actual TV show the storyline progresses.
Going into the options menu to make my initial selections and game settings, I was sonically attacked by the Power Rangers theme song emanating from our test lab speakers. I have to tell you, it took almost superhuman concentration to get out of this section with my mind still intact. Luckily the in-game tunes are a bit more generic and didn't grate on my nerves nearly as much, making it possible to actually breeze through the missions without getting an aneurysm.
Jumping into the actual gameplay I was once again surprised at how well the game performed. Control is certainly not perfect and the camera does have a tendency in certain points to block things out, but you learn to quickly compensate for the shortcomings.
PR Lightspeed Rescue is primarily a mission based title where you are given your assignments by Miss Fairwather and Capt. Mitchell at the start of each foray. Many times during the game you are interrupted and prompted to press the "select" button where you are given additional sub-missions to complete in addition to the original mission.
The game plays out kind of like a Final Fight style game only in 3D. Your Power Ranger is expected to take on up to 6 bad guys at a time, with a boss character thrown in at the end of the mission for good measure. The fighting engine is a simple one with one key for punch, one for kick and finally one button to block. Depending on how you press the thumbstick or directional pad will enable you to pull off other moves while pressing the action buttons. You can also use the shoulder buttons to roll left or right, although I found that just standing my ground was the best option.
To enhance your abilities there are different colored crystals scattered about throughout the levels that correspond to the colors of the Power Rangers. There are also puzzles here and there, but nothing too difficult for younger kids to solve. You can also grab another Power Ranger fan and play the game together with both characters on screen at the same time, battling the forces of evil.just imagine..!
· A 3-D universe with fully interactive environments.
· Over 20 levels of Power Rangers action including hidden bonus levels.
· Tons of enemies and monsters from the Power Rangers universe.
· Authentic music and sound effects from the TV show.
· A new character exclusive to the Power Rangers 7th season: the Titanium Ranger.
· Actual character voices by the Power Rangers Lightspeed actors and actresses.
Number of Disks: 1
Number of blocks used on Memory card per save: 1
Maximum number of Players (without a multi-tap): 2
Multi-tap compatible (max players): No
Link-cable compatible (max players): No
Split screen multi-player option (max players): No
Other accessories: None
Dual Shock Pad Digital Button compatible: Yes
Dual Shock Pad Analog Stick compatible: Yes
Dual Shock Pad Vibration compatible: Yes