If I Ran the Power Rangers: The Wide World of Chromasquad

I’ll begin this article with an admission: I never watched Power Rangers as a child. I was a WB kid, so Pokemon, Animaniacs and The Jackie Chan Adventures were already rounding out my TV line up.

It was only when I was in college and my incredibly stressed out boyfriend chose arrested development as a coping mechanism that I was introduced to the sentai genre. Grant had a lot of teaching work, and when he was done all he had the brain for was sitting in his dorm room in his pajamas and a juice box and watching Power Rangers. I figured I’d give it a shot.

I shotgunned the entirety of Mighty Morphin.

So, when I heard there was a tile-based strategy game that paid homage to the Sentai genre (the Japanese costumed crime-fighting genre Power Rangers popularized in the US) I knew I’d need to play Chromasquad. Eventually. When it was on the Steam Summer Sale. Because I’m not made of money.

After playing the first two seasons of the game, I can honestly say I wish I’d bought it sooner. It’s a fun, interesting simulator/tile based strategy mix with innovative but intuitive graphics that would be a blast even if you’re weren’t devoted to cheap Japanese kids shows, but is even better if you are. Here’s why:

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Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir- A PS2 Gem Somehow Made Shinier

Odin Sphere was one of the best and most underappreciated games on the PS2. If this month’s PS4 re-release Leifthrasir had simply been a remaster of the original game, with higher resolutions and framerates, you would still be reading a wholeheartedly positive review. It is a visual delight, a unique tactical experience, and the perfect example of how expert presentation can make a by-the-numbers story a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

To those of you who are already familiar with the original game and wondering if the PS4 version is worth your money, let me just say two things: Mercedes doesn’t suck, and picking up a book you’ve already completed puts you at the start of the Epilogue, not at Chapter 1. There. Go. Stop reading this and buy the game.

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Quantum Break-Down: Manipulating Time and Storytelling in the Latest Xbox Exclusive

Quantum Break is the latest of the few-and-far-between Xbox One exclusive titles, developed by Remedy Entertainment and directly published by Microsoft. The basic premise is that a group known as Monarch has been experimenting with time manipulation, after a recent discovery of “chronon-particles”. You play primarily as Jack Joyce, who witnesses a terrible accident that literally fractures time, causing it to “stutter” and bend in on itself. Your goal is simple: stop the inevitable End of Time from happening by manipulating time further. It’s all very edgy and ever-so-slightly convoluted.

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