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A Very Good Effort

  • Jul 12, 2009
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The Ghostbusters, when the films were first released in the 80s, featured a cast of some of the best known names in comedy of that decade. I don't think I can conjure up a memory or thought of a film or TV show that matches the comic brilliance and originality of the first two Ghostbusters movies. Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson have not combined their skills since those movies until this marvellous video game. The four original Ghostbusters including a few other original cast members reunite to deliver what has undoubtedly led to the talks and eventual confirmation of a third Ghostbusters movie.

Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd combined their talents as the writers for the original plot of the video game. The plot circles around the player as a new recruit to the Ghostbusters who is undoubtedly thrust in at the deep end during his initiation period by having to face the Marshmallow Man on a destructive rampage during his first day on the job. What triggered this massive attack was a city wide PKE shockwave that the team eventually discovered has kicked off a tragic event which is slowly combining our dimension with the dimension of the ghosts.

Set as a third person shooter, you are certainly placed in a scenario you will have dreamed of as a child. You are given the power of the proton pack in hand and given permission to blast the hell out of New York City and go against the infamous Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, amongst other famous ghosts from the movies. The aiming and firing aspect isn't anything overly unique but it's simple and effective, and allows you go take the enemy out with ease. The surrounding environments are surprisingly detailed and destructible, so destructible in fact, that when you're destroying it you are shown a meter in the corner that tells you how much your destruction is costing New York. Useless this meter may be, but I found it pretty cool.

The enemies vary, there are the simple slime born creatures which can be disposed of easily with the use of the slime blaster. However, the small slime monsters are aplenty and do become a pain as they swarm around you. Another enemy type are the possessors which take on physical forms by using the objects around them and you may be forced to take on a new tactic aside from the general proton blast to take them down. Then there are the ghosts themselves, the ones we are all familiar with from the movies and these are quite tough when you first tackle them, but you become used to the attacks they may throw at you and they are quite easy to dodge. Wearing them down and capturing them is pretty fun though and is the main staple of what the Ghostbusters are about.

I really enjoyed this game and am thankful that the old team were brought together for this as I would have hated to think the voice acting would've been done by imitators. The voice acting is very much on par with the characters we know from the movies. Some of the cut scenes are very well done, but they are not consistent as some are magnificently animated, whilst others use the game play graphics for the scenes which takes away from the overall movie like experience which I believe they're trying to project to the player. The comedy was there but in all honesty it wasn't wholly noticeable which is kind of disappointing, but overall, just to have the actors voicing in this game makes it a worthy addition to the Ghostbusters brand.

I would recommend that anyone buy or rent it as it's certainly a fun game to get involved with and the trophies are relatively easy to collect, so if you play the games for the trophies, you will have them collected in a second.

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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.

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  • 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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