Power Rangers Samurai

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Glitchy hack-and-slash with lousy storytelling.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

In their dialogue, the Power Rangers are very supportive of one another and emphasize the benefit of teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In their dialogue, the Rangers come off as very energetic, positive teens. They have always have words of encouragement for one another and talk a lot about practicing and trying harder in everything they do.

Ease of Play

Movement is stiff in the game and its often hard to line your character up with the enemies in order to land a blow. Other glitches in gameplay cause difficulties along the way. Also, while enemies are generally pretty easy to dispatch as you move along, boss battles can be frustratingly difficult even in the first few levels.

Violence

The vast majority of the gameplay involves Power Rangers running along paths and corridors, slashing down masked bad guys with their swords. Special attacks allow them to blast colorful energy beams from their swords and cause bright explosions. Enemies groan when hit and fall down and disappear when defeated. In giant robot form, the Rangers battle giant monsters, also with a sword.

Sex
Language

No foul language, but some crude humor from the monsters ("Smell my pits," etc.).

Consumerism

The game is a tie-in to the Power Rangers Samurai TV show and its various associated toy and game products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Power Rangers Samurai is a TV show tie-in game that features a lot of sword-fighting violence. In dialogue portions that occur between fights, the heroes come of as decent, positive role models, but the rest of the game is mostly a lot of hack-and-slash battling. And it can be strangely difficult, even on very early levels.

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Kid, 11 years old November 6, 2012

rent first

i bought this game and it was boring.nothing really that fun.you can play as your favorite power ranger.the controls are a little difficult.if you really think... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTommyhead September 25, 2013

For kids + teens 7-15

This program contains in it lots of action, violents and character humilliation but also contains important messages that kids and teens (aged 7+) should see an... Continue reading

What's it about?

POWER RANGERS SAMURAI chronicles the efforts of five martial-artist teens with magical power swords to stop a race of ancient monsters from invading earth. Each time the evil Nighlocks send a squadron of bad guys into our dimension, the Rangers slice them down with their glowing blades and then turn into a giant robot to do the same to the Nighlocks' oversized leaders.

Is it any good?

The frustrating controls and overly-difficult boss battles aren't the worst part of Power Rangers Samurai. What's likely to annoy kids the most is the cheap-looking way it tells its story. All the action, including battle scenes, is depicted through dialogue. After working through an entire level of the game, finally beating a tough boss, and hearing the Power Rangers talk about how that boss just revived itself and turned into a giant monster, you expect to maybe see the heroes battle that big beast. But instead you just get more dialogue, like you're listening to an old radio play. It's hard not to feel cheated.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the game. Does the fantasy nature of the game make the fighting less problematic? Is it better that there's no blood? Or does that not make a difference?

  • Parents can also talk about marketing to kids and licensed video games. Does playing a game like this make you more likely to buy Power Rangers toys? Does it make you want to watch the TV show?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: November 22, 2011
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence

For kids who love fast-paced games

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