posted by GregBards (CULVER CITY, CA) Jun 24, 2009
Member since Jun 2009
gamers (55%) found this review helpful
I received Ghostbusters via Gamefly two nights ago and it's already won and done. As I say that, I realize it sounds like it was an incredible thrill from beginning to end...but if I were to suggest such a thing I'd be lying to you. It is not that the game is terrible...far from it. In fact, some elements of the game are great...but when it was over, I was left feeling rather indifferent.
The graphics and level environments reminded me a lot of Goldeneye for Nintendo 64. When I first started Ghostbusters, I gleefully ran down every corridor with my proton pack admiring the ability to demolish furniture and shoot out light fixtures (just as I always did in Goldeneye). As the game progressed, however, the gag faded faster than Fruit Stripe gum.
Once the game journeyed into it's 3rd hour, I grew weary of the repetitive missions. For example, I can't tell you how many times I carried batteries around with my proton beam so I could drop them in a hole and make a door open. I know this is a video game so a little repetition can be expected but the developers of this game put repetition in all the wrong places.
The same, unfortunately, must be said for the gameplay. Wrangling ghosts is surprisingly fun at first...but once you've done it for a 20th or 30th time, you might be left wondering "is this it?" Yes, that is it. The ghosts get stronger and you receive new weapons as your foes pose more of a challenge, but the increased difficulty doesn't change the fact that you're doing the same mundane tasks in the final stage that you were in the first.
That being said, the great voice acting from the original actors and easy controls made it easy to keep playing even during the times when I wasn't particularly enjoying myself. If the game lacked these elements, I never would have been able to complete the quest. However, the fact that they managed to score the original actors for a video game adaption makes me wonder how great they thought this game would be. Oh well.