gamers (95%) found this review helpful
The title about sums it up. THe game is really a lot of fun, especially for Ghostbusters fans, AKA anyone who feels a bit of nostalgia when they hear Ray Parker Jr's Ghostbusters theme (youtube it, it's worth it: /watch?v=g4uxIo4t7xM). Lots of goodies for fans of the series, and the voice acting of all four ghostbusters by the original actors is a huge, huge plus, not to mention they're great at it. Bill Murray is hilarious, as usual.
When I beat it on my second sitting (it's a short game), this thought came to mind: 'This is everything that a movie licensed game should be.'
I won't give away the plot, but basically you're a nameless, dialogue-less newb blindly following orders. The story itself ok, but the dialogue is almost always superb. Using the proton pack and capturing ghosts is about as fun as it gets, though there are weapon variations as well as some memorable boss battles to mix things up. It plays as a competent 3rd person shooter, a la Gears of War, even if the proton pack feels a bit unconventional at first.
There are a couple of negatives to the game. The spaces they give you to work in often feel small, cramped, cluttered, while the game itself is very short and linear. THe linearity adds to the game feeling more like a movie, which makes it understandable, but the single player is over in about 7 hours or so.
Didn't try the multiplayer.
Overall, this is a blast for Ghostbusters fans, though I'm not sure non-fans will get nearly as much enjoyment out of it. However, if you haven't seen the movies, it could be a perfect time to catch up while you wait to play this game. Either way, rent it, don't buy it.
gamers (93%) found this review helpful
Fans of the material are always harder on games than others. That being said, I was very skeptical going in to Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
Unlike hundreds of movie titles, this does not coenside with a film release to cash in, so my hopes were up. And I am happy to say, I am not disappointed. This game drops you into the world of the Ghostbusters and lets you just enjoy it. Every little detail is present, down to the dancing toaster from the second film. They really give fans a treat by recreating the material with honesty.
The story revolves around the core 4 members of the Ghostbusting team, while you play as a lowly new recruit, and that fact makes for some great one liners from Ghostbusting veterans. The games story plays out nicely combining historical aspects into a brand new adventure.
The gameplay is fluid, and just down right fun. Your main weapon is the proton pack/ghost trap combo, set in an over the shoulder 3rd person shooter view. However, the game does mix up your tools with some "untested" equipment, that of course, you get to try out first. No distracting hud, all the info you need is displayed on the pack itself.
The graphics are not mind blowing, but they are very well done. The CG looks beautiful, but some of the cut scenes are done using the in-game engine, and can be slightly distracting, considering how nice the other stuff looks.
The sound is solid, from the proton pack turning on, to the beams blasting away, the music and voice acting is all spot on. All the origional cast is back to lend thier voice, and all do an excellent job. The one thing I really liked was that in the middle of it all, they continued to communicate, giving you a real sense of being IN the action.
I don't have enough room to go into the Multiplayer, but it is also pretty fun. No 4 player story, but the gamemodes they give you are at least entertaining.
Rent it, buy it, it's your call, but do yourself a favor and play it.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
this was very funny, a great trip down memory lane, and would have been a great movie plot (15 years ago). The graphics are solid, voice acting and script are top notch, and the game play is sound though can be a bit confusing at times. The trouble with this title is it gets old too fast. Before it was over I found myself wishing that it was doing something different or more something not that I know what that something would be. Fun to rent, not to buy unless on-line is your bag.