gamers (82%) found this review helpful
I don't think any gamer or game reviewer could ever have predicted how good the Ghostbusters video game would come out. The Ghostbusters video game is easily the biggest surprise of the video game industry in 2009.
If you're a Ghostbusters fan like me, you'll fall in love completely with this game. The voiceover is amazingly done (Bill Murray is AWESOME, easily the best one), with each Ghostbuster sounded just like they did 25 years ago. And SURPRISE, they even got Walter Peck began to play along in this game! Nice!
The gameplay has its unique, Ghostbuster touch to it while at the same time keeps it awfully simple. Catching ghosts might seem complicated at first, but once you begin to upgrade your gear, it will become easier (especially when you get the slam dunk maneuver).
The story could easily have been the third movie. It has the original Ghostbuster touch while embracing the new age Science Fiction world. Although your character The Rookie is a bit bland, the rest of the characters are very enjoyable, and the developers do a wonderful job to connect all past storylines and ghosts (i.e. the classic Librarian...ssshhhh).
The one big downfall is the health system. You will spend a lot of time reviving your partners or waiting to be revived. It is something that can be frustrating at times while playing, but the story and one-liners from the Ghost Busters will help you overlook this problem.
I tried not to be bias and thought really hard about this, and I decided this has nothing about being a Ghostbusters fan. The Ghostbusters video game is easily the most fun game I've played this year, 2nd best game I've played this year (second to UFC), and I hope this opens the doors to a 3rd movie. You WILL enjoy this game.
How to make a good movie to video game transition.
posted by Moonraver (COLUMBUS, OH) Aug 5, 2009
Member since Aug 2009
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Ghostbusters gets an easy seven from me. The transition from movie to video game has seemed to be pulled off flawlessly. Most games mistakenly make you replay the movie you watched days, weeks, or months ago. This is wrong. Ghostbusters has been executed in a way that doesn’t make you make petty comparisons to the past movies. The likenesses along with their mannerisms and voices added to the nostalgia factor better then any other contributing factor in the game. The storyline was executed perfectly. Instead of playing back through events that occurred in the movies with filler missions, in a failed attempt to increase the length of the game, you experience the role of a new “cadet.” Playing as an experimental weapons technician, who just joined the Ghostbusters, you follow the original cast through a series of missions with promise of battling Gozer. The game play seems creative enough, although is lacking the addictive factor. The controls seem cumbersome at first but eventually, after several missions, they finally fall into place. Hunting down items/samples, locating significant anomalies and hunting ghosts through use of a separate PKE screen becomes annoying very quickly. However the action infused ghost encounters quickly make up for this drawback. The quirkiness Ghostbusters humor keep you smiling throughout the game. Even though this game is entirely on rails, it provides solid game play and humor from start to finish. Definitely worth playing if you had any previous experience with the Ghostbusters movies.
there's only a couple things I didn't like about the game.
1. The extremely short length. 2. The story at point seems to literally lag behind the game play. There are moments where I am just sitting there waiting around for something to happen because the game isn't progressing and the action is at a stand still 3. There was a time or two where I died in combat and one of the others was coming to revive me and they got stuck running in place for a bit.
Other than that though I found the story enjoyable and the actual ghost busting was incredibly fun.
some great things about it though are
1. Ghost busting is just absolutely awesome. 2. Even though you don't talk you do feel like a Ghostbuster. 3. The atmosphere is very ghostbusterish and definitely draws you in. It also makes you feel a little creeped out 4. Hearing the banter even though it repeats from time to time is great