Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009) [Retro] Review

Ghostbusters is one of the better games I have played that has been based off of a movie property. In Ghostbusters you take on the role of a nameless (and voiceless) new recruit to the Ghostbusters, effectively there to test out new equipment so that no harm befells the original gang. The story takes place a few years after the second film and the Ghostbusters must investigate a surge in ghosts appearing around the city. The story is well thought out and fits nicely within the Ghostbusters universe, but what would you expect as the story is written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis (who also lend their voices and likeness along with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson).

I found gameplay complicated at first, the handle of the proton pack is erratic at first but it didn’t take me too long to figure out how to handle it. There are four distinct proton streams, the standard stream which is used to weaken and capture ghosts, a stream that acts as a sort of shotgun, a stream that is used to dissolve black goo and tether objects and a final stream that shoots proton shots in quick succession. I didn’t find much use for the shotgun and last proton streams but they are introduced far enough apart that you don’t feel inundated with confusing weapons all at once.

There isn’t much in the way of puzzles, which I was disappointed about and the use of the PKE meter was also confusing at first (mainly because it was implied that it was used to find your objective) but after its initial introduction it was much easier to handle and is useful for finding hidden collectibles. Other than that the game is pretty linear and I would have liked more encouragement to explore.

Graphically the game holds up with most PS3 games, but considering it came out in 2009 is probably more graphically sound than most of its contemporaries. The environments are also pretty varied, with a castle being a particular highlight for me.

Verdict

Ghostbusters is much better than I was expecting, it looks and feels like you are playing a Ghostbusters movie and that is exactly what you want from a game that is based off of a beloved franchise. It embodies everything that makes the franchise fun much in the same way that the Spiderman games that were based off of the movies did.

+ Good writing and voice acting

+ Fun ghostbusting gameplay

+ Solid graphics

– A bit too linear

8/10

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