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It's Good To See The Ghostbusters Again But....

  • Jun 30, 2009
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I wanted to love this game so bad. All of the key original actors and actresses (from Bill Murray to Annie Potts) were involved in the creation of the game and their voices were used for their characters. Slimer, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and others also return. The proton packs, PKE meters and all of Egon's other wonderful gadgets were also used in this game.

So what's not to like? Numerous gameplay-interrupting cutscenes (some funny, some not), half-hearted controls, and, in least in my case, dizzying levels where one has to walk around a lot in order to get their bearings straight.

The cutscenes could have been excellent. Those featuring Peter are downright hilarious at times, but they constantly interrupt gameplay. Also, some of them were a bit longer than needed, thus aggravating me even more.

While the controls aren't terribly hard to master, they aren't always responsive. When capturing ghosts, the player has to slam the ghost around in order to weaken them for the traps. This aspect of the game is very fun and adds a bit of realism to what is happening on the screen. However, much like others have stated already, I often found myself either losing hold of the ghost or having to shake the controller violently in order to slam the ghost. I haven't had a response like this in other games that require such movement. Batteries were not an issue either.

I sometimes found myself lost in rooms or on stairs at times. This caused me to double back on many of the routes I had taken, as well as prolonged the dull moments between ghost captures.

While I feel that all of the above gripes are legitimate, I also found plenty that I liked about this game.

For one, it was so nice to hear the original voices with these characters. The music score felt just as fresh today as it did when I first heard it so many years ago on the big screen. All of the humor from the films is intact as well.

Slamming (when it worked) and capturing the ghosts were my favorite parts of the entire game.

The graphics didn't bother me one bit, but do know that they are more "animated" than those of the 360 and PS3 based on pictures I've seen of the game on those consoles.

In summary, nostalgia reigns supreme on this game. If you love the films (or even the cartoon series), you might want to pick this up just to hear the proton packs charge up again. Otherwise, I'm sure you can find much more challenging (and less aggravating) games on the market.

Recommended to fans of the films and cartoon series and anyone who just wants to bust some ghosts.

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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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