Ghostbusters: The Video Game – Review

If you loved the movies then you will certainly enjoy the video game! There are some moments that cause the game to lack that little something extra, but you’re getting a new story to sink your teeth into, fun gameplay, cool ghosts to capture and a huge environment to destroy.

The game is a third-person shooter set two years after the events of Ghostbusters 2 during Thanksgiving. You play the ‘Rookie’ who is the new recruit to the team, when a massive PKE shockwave hits New York City sending the team on a variety missions to capture a large array of ghosts. You travel through museums, libraries, cemeteries, and even alternate dimensions to get to the bottom of the evil powers behind the increasing paranormal activity around the city.

Gameplay is great as the standard idea is to wear down a ghost by shooting it with your proton gun and when you have weakened it enough you slam it to the ground and catch it in your trap. But in order to keep the game more interesting Terminal Reality have added an array of weapons and upgrades. These include the Boson Dart that allows you to hit multiple ghosts at a time and, one of my personal favourites, the Slime Blower which shoots a stream of green goo at a possessed person in order to get the beastly ghost out of their body.

During the game you will recognize several familiar faces from the movies including the hugely successful Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Slimer characters. Also each of the actors who portrayed the Ghostbusters in the films, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson return to lend their voices to their respective characters and help bring fantastic humour to the game.

Graphics wise, the attention to detail throughout the game is superb which allows you to look around even the Ghostbusters fire station. Admittedly some of the graphics can be pretty stiff at times but the amount of detail in the scenes more than makes up for it.

Also the full CGI cut scenes look amazing with great animation throughout, however some cut scenes have been created using in game graphics and pieces that let the side down due to poor pixilation and bad lip sinking in parts. It is a shame it couldn’t all be fully CGI cut scenes throughout.

The Multiplayer is great fun on this game, giving you 6 different modes to choose from and a ton of environments to play in. The main game mode is to work as a team to take down large amounts of ghosts but other modes include Destruction where you attack and destroy relics while under attack and Slime Dunk, in which you compete against others to slam dunk the most Slimers.

Ghostbusters has some drawbacks, but they certainly won’t spoil a game that tickles the funny bone and hits all the notes a Ghostbusters game should. by Daniel

Ghostbusters 2009 game on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii

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