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Fun & Entertaining, But Beware of the Freeze-Ups

  • Sep 21, 2009
Fans have been clamoring for more Ghostbusters since the second movie was released twenty years ago. Though no movie is yet in the works, when all of the original actors (minus Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver) signed on to do the video game, it was time for rejoicing. The overall plot of the game has the player playing as a new recruit to the Ghostbusters. The crew has all kinds of new and highly dangerous experimental equipment that's never been tested and as the new guy, that's what you get to do. Something's fishy in NYC and ghosts and monsters are running rampant. It's up to the Ghostbusters to figure out exactly what. The game incorporates key elements from both films into the game, but in such a way that they don't seem redundant. Along the way, you get to scan ghosts and find missing pages from Tobin's Spirit Guide.

The graphics are very cartoonish which I really enjoyed. The cut scenes and overall game play reminded me of the Ghostbusters cartoon series. Besides that, the overall style of animation is perfect for the semi-fictional world of the Ghostbusters.

The overall gameplay is fairly easy and a novice player can enjoy the game just as much as an expert gamer.

With that said, the game does have a few flaws. The movement of the character on screen is a bit annoying at times as he walks around a corner of a hallway or enters a room and you are unable to see what the character sees until several seconds later. The load times are also quite long, ranging on average around 35 seconds and sometimes almost up to a full 60 seconds. I could overlook those things, but the one problem of the game that I had real issues are the freeze-ups. I'm not sure why, but the PS2 version of this game is notorious for freezing up. That would just be irritating, but the freeze-ups often occur towards the end of a longer segment or just after a major battle. The game only saves after the end of each segment, so when the game freezes it requires you to go back and re-play the level you just beat. It's very frustrating. I thought it might have been my PS2, but I tried the game on my brothers system and it did the same thing. We also rented a copy of the game from a local video store and were playing it on his system and it had the same problem.

I really enjoyed GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME. It's a game that fans of the movies will probably enjoy, but is entertaining enough that it has an appeal to casual gamers even if they are not familiar with the Ghostbusters. Just be aware that the game will freeze up.

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game, based on the smash hit motion picture franchise and featuring a completely new story, is coming to six game systems in 2009. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary celebration of the film’s original theatrical release, the game reunites original cast members to recapture the unique blend of humour and fright that established Ghostbusters as a pop culture sensation. Remember, don't cross the streams. It could end all life as we know it! Familiar locations from the movies
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Ghostbusters The Video Game

Who You Gonna Call?
The Ghostbusters are back in an all-new story penned by the original creators! With Manhattan newly overrun by ghosts and other supernatural creatures, it's up to you to take on the role of a new recruit joining the original film cast of the famous Ghostbusters team. Equipped with a variety of unique weapons and gadgets, you will hunt, fight and capture a wide range of uncanny phantasms and demons in an all-new funny and frightening battle to save New York City from its latest paranormal plague.

Key Game Features:

  • Based on the classic Ghostbusters films and features the original cast
  • Head out with unique weapons and gadgets
  • Battle an incredible variety of supernatural foes
  • Move through New York City and stop eerie enemies
  • Become part of the famous paranormal ghostbusting team

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