• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Aug 17, 2004
Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
Buy On
  1. Cheat Code Central
    90
    The gameplay can become a bit a redundant and you won't find much for replay value but Ghosthunter is certainly one of the best rental choices of the year.
  2. PSM Magazine
    90
    The graphics are just shy of amazing, and the level designs are solid and believable. [Sept 2004, p.20]
  3. Graphics whores or anyone with a penchant for experiencing truly surreal and wildly imaginative creations would do well to put this on their buy list.
  4. The ten hour campaign and relatively repetitive gameplay keep it from being a true gem.
  5. A solid action title with just enough creepiness to set the mood. It also isn’t much of a challenge, so players looking to beat their controllers against the wall in frustration need to look elsewhere.
  6. 84
    Workable but straightforward action marred only by some annoying puzzles isn't a bad thing. When you take that, combine it with likable characters, an interesting and ridiculous plotline, and some of the best visuals around, you get something that's great.
  7. You’ll most likely complete Ghosthunter in only a few short sittings, but between the impressive visuals, multi-faceted gameplay, and solid combat dynamics, chances are you’ll have fun the entire time.
  8. Play Magazine
    83
    An atmospheric funhouse of fascinating spooks who come alive with movement and artistry. [Sept 2004, p.70]
  9. If you are looking for serious scares there are better games for the job, and hardcore survival horror buffs will likely find the gameplay a bit too light for their tastes, but anyone looking for a stunning visual experience with entertaining characters, an interesting storyline, and an overall creepy atmosphere will find plenty to enjoy with Ghosthunter.
  10. A mightily impressive action/adventure title, that features excellent presentation to draw the player in and strong game fundamentals to ensure frustration remains at a low.
  11. Through its impressive graphics engine, excellent use of voice talent, and well-told storyline, Ghosthunter is a game that should absolutely be played by anyone who enjoys a good, creepy action romp.
  12. A linear action game that certainly brings style in spades, but has a series of flaws that prevent it from being a truly great game.
  13. Almost everything about Ghosthunter is great, from the amazing visuals, genuinely creepy sound, and decent story. All it needed was a little bit more behind the gameplay.
  14. It delivers a coherent experience that mixes horror and humor very effectively, and does so with some beautiful environments.
  15. 80
    Progressive Scan support makes the graphics pop off the screens of compatible TVs.
  16. netjak
    79
    Stalking around the environments can be genuinely creepy at times, but the game hardly offers the sort of frights delivered by, say, Silent Hill 4. With somewhat repetitive gameplay and the fact that I had a hard time actually caring about the story, Ghosthunter is one to rent for the weekend and have a little fun.
  17. Doesn't feel like the game it could have been, torpedoed as it is by some dodgy controls and the basic lameness that is your lead character.
  18. Move over "Silent Hill" and "Resident Evil," there's a new kid on the block - and they supplied me with a spare set of boxers too. It's really that horrifying.

Awards & Rankings

75
#75 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
50
#50 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jan 16, 2013
    7
    There was allot of hype prior to this game's release. A real shame that it didn't fully live up to it. But I will say the game is stillThere was allot of hype prior to this game's release. A real shame that it didn't fully live up to it. But I will say the game is still extremely good none the less. Just a real shame that it isn't what it could be. The first few levels are really done well and the level design is superbly detailed. Camera can be extremely irritating at times, particularly in the enclosed areas. So many good and unique idea are introduced but just barely implemented. The last few levels do feel like they were rushed and I got the distinct impression that the developers were pushed into releasing a game that wasn't fully complete. Ghost texturing is a bit poorly done at some points. Overall: It is a REALLY good game that really feels like it is the BETA version of the game. As if they still needed to polish it off and a few more things. Full Review »
  2. Chris
    Jan 5, 2009
    9
    To be completly honest, I really enjoy this game. Its been a while since I played it, but what scares me is that I actually remember everyTo be completly honest, I really enjoy this game. Its been a while since I played it, but what scares me is that I actually remember every level with great detail. This for me is a good thing, because in most games its all a bit patchy in memory. This game, for its time was a benchmark for someone that was unique and quirky to qoute some other people on here. It was frustrating at times (following a certain ghost) but apart from that it was solid. Combat, interesting and unique. Story, solid, to be honest for modern day game stories it was great.
    If you STILL have a PS2 buy it or rent it, either way TRY it, trust me and the general public. Critics try too hard to nip pick about certain graphical issues/technical issues simply because they know how the industry works. But anyway Im hoping they create a similar game for XBOX 360 in the near future
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  3. JoshP.
    Nov 27, 2007
    10
    Great Game fun and scary with surprises. Don't let the so-called professionals discourage you at looking at this great game.