It is still hard for me to believe that it has been 25 years since the original Ghostbusters movie. To coincide with the anniversary the movies have been released to blu-ray and a new game has been released. So let’s take a look at the game (a little late) and see if we finally have a Ghostbusters game worth playing…
To clarify, this game is based off of the original franchise and not based off of either of the movies. It has it’s own story that takes place 2 years after the second film. Each of the original cast members (Aykroyd, Ramis, Murray and Hudson) return to voice their characters so the voice acting in this one is top notch.
A large shockwave is set out across the city and increases paranormal activity. You take on the role as a new addition to the team that is simply called Rookie (because Peter doesn’t want to get too attached). The mayor has appointed our favorite “Man with no …” Walter Peck as the head of the Paranormal Contract Oversight committee, basically he continues to be a jerk and harass the Ghostbusters throughout the game.
Enough with the story, I would hate to ruin it for you as it is pretty good and involves visiting locations and experiencing encounters from the movies (yes slimer and Stay-Puft are in there) along with a slew of new encounters.
This game is third person shooter that can be switched to the first person mode when using the PKE meter to scan for ghosts and paranormal artifacts that are laying about levels. The act of catching a ghost requires you to first weaken the Ghost by shooting it with the proton pack and then placing a capture stream on it and slamming it around then finally dragging the ghost to the trap.
As you progress through the game, your proton pack receives upgrades to it that add new functionality or weapons to it. Personally, once I mastered the Slime Tether it became one of my favorites. Simply place a trap, shoot the ghost with the tether then shoot the ground behind the trap and it pulls the ghost to the trap. Other weapons include; Shock blaster, Slime Blower and Meson Collider all of which are pretty useful and a lot of fun.
As I mentioned previously the voice acting is excellent and often very funny. There are times that hearing the same lines does get old but this can be pretty much said with any game. With a nice home theater the sound in the game adds a lot to the levels and immersion factor.
Visually, the game looks great and the frame rate remains steady throughout. There were a few instances of graphical glitches but noting too noteworthy and definitely didn’t detract from the game play.
There is coop multiplayer and at the time in which I played it, you couldn’t join a game with friends (PS3 Version) and randomly were thrown into a game with 3 other strangers. So needless to say that I didn’t play the multiplayer but I understand that now the game has been patched and this has been fixed.
With the exception of one level where I experienced a problem with triggering an event in order to proceed (I had to restart the checkpoint and then it worked properly). I had little problems with the game and enjoyed it a lot. It was a little on the short side but I honestly felt that it was just the right length. Overall, I feel that everyone that was a fan of the movies should check this out. I had no problems with the game but felt that perhaps it should be a $49 title instead of a $59 one. I would suggest that you RENT IT to make sure you enjoy it before making a purchase.
Brian Ellis is a co-founder and senior editor of Bag of Mad Bastards and co-host of Drunken Monkey Tech podcast found here. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions/comments.