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Power Rangers: Ninja Storm
game: Power Rangers: Ninja Storm
two star
posted by: GF! Back Catalogue 10/2004 => 1995
publisher: THQ
date posted: 12:00 AM Sun Dec 7th, 2003
last revision: 12:00 AM Sun Dec 7th, 2003

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By Jason Frank

This may go on record as the shortest review I've ever written. It will be more than one paragraph, but not by much. I'm still waiting to play a game that merits only a sentence, but this one comes pretty close. You see, I've lost track of the number of Power Ranger games that I've played. The graphics may be a little different and some may have slightly different perspectives, but they are all the same game. Some of the weapons or power ups may be a little different. The Megazoid battles use a timed button/control pad aspect a la Shenmue, but it's still the same thing.

I've lost count of the number of incarnations of Power Rangers. I honestly couldn't tell you what sets the Ninja Storm team apart from the rest of the group. It seems to have the same relatively short levels with an insane amount of repetition. You are given the option to pick up one of the bad guys and throw him at the procession of never ending hoards coming at you from the left or the right. Because of all of the repetition, it seems like the game goes on and on forever, but in reality, it's all over far too soon.

There is a little bit of jumping that breaks the game up, but there's no real challenge to speak of. The biggest challenge of the game for me was stifling my yawns as I directed my little power ranger from left to right. The boss battles looked impressive at the outset, but as I played, I found that it got more and more tedious.

The graphics are clear enough to make things entertaining. My son loved the game (the only reason it got more than one star), so for five year old fans on Power Rangers, it'll fit the bill. Unfortunately, for those of us who have to review this stuff, we ask a little more of our interactive entertainment. I could put a lot of filler into this review, but you'd just resent me for taking up your time like I resent Power Rangers Ninja Storm for taking up mine.