Chroma Squad is a tactical RPG that’s been around for a couple years on PC. Released in 2015 from Behold Studios and Bandai Namco, the game is a sort of 8-bit homage to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as you take on the roles of five stunt actors who decide to start their own production company after bring treated like crap by their boss. After finding a proper studio and a strange large brain in a tube prop named Cerebro, you film your own version of a superhero team show with strange results. Since the game has been out for two years, a grand review of the game doesn’t seem too necessary. So we’re going to compare the current version that was just released on PS4 and XB1 to the original for PC.
For starters, the game has clearly gotten some adjustments to improve on what may have been lingering issues on PC, like slowing down in battles and off pixelation in certain places. The original wasn’t bad by any means, but you could tell there were some mechanics and cosmetic things that probably could have used a tune-up, which it received in this version. The story plays out much like the PC version did, as well as the RPG elements such as your attacks and buying equipment. The dialog to the game is still funny as it pokes fun at the genre while also clearly being a love note to early ’90s television on Fox Kids.
There’s a great deal of time and care that went into this game, and normally you’d think it would get lost in a port just to get it to a new system, but it came across perfectly without any flaws or problems. The action is still fun to play, the characters are still great to play as, the villains are just as ridiculous as their original Japanese counterparts—it’s awesome. But it isn’t a perfect game as the combat can get repetitive and some of the scenes kind of drag out for a while with no real purpose to the story beyond commentary on how the shows were made. Which were the issues a lot of people had the first time around, so yeah, you can truly call this a complete port as they didn’t really fix the underlining problems people had with the first.
If you dig these kinds of RPG tactical games, or you’re a Power Rangers fan, Chroma Squad is a game you need to play. It isn’t going to be for everyone, but it certainly isn’t dull and will make you want to see just how the incredibly action-packed ending comes out in their tiny studio.
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