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  • Summary: The Ghostbusters are back in an all new story penned by the original creators. With Manhattan newly overrun by ghosts and other supernatural creatures, it's up to you to take on the role of a new recruit joining the original film cast of the famous Ghostbusters team. Equipped with a varietyThe Ghostbusters are back in an all new story penned by the original creators. With Manhattan newly overrun by ghosts and other supernatural creatures, it's up to you to take on the role of a new recruit joining the original film cast of the famous Ghostbusters team. Equipped with a variety of unique weapons and gadgets, you will hunt, fight and capture a wide range of uncanny phantasms and demons in an all new funny and frightening battle to save New York City from its latest paranormal plague. To deliver a special gaming experience to the tremendous Ghostbusters’ fan base around the world, the game features the original film cast from the classic Ghostbusters films, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, back again for the first time in more than 20 years. Supporting the ghost busting crew are the talents of Annie Potts, Brian Doyle Murray and William Atherton. [Sierra Entertainment] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 out of 74
  1. A fantastic game, and definitely what I was hoping for when I first saw those initial screenshots a while back. The capturing mechanic is fun and interesting, while at the same time being tied into familiar third person controls for shooter fans, so there's nothing here that takes a lot of time to get used to.
  2. Too short, but packed with quality and imagination. [July 2009, p.60]
  3. You don’t have to be a fan of the movies to really enjoy Ghostbusters: The Video Game but if you are you are in for a very pleasant surprise.
  4. 80
    Ghostbusters: The Video Game is absolutely a worthy third part in the Ghostbusters series. This game is definitely a must have for every Ghostbusters fan, but probably for every other gamer as well.
  5. Despite some drawbacks, this satisfying adventure is just what you'd want from a Ghostbusters game: it's funny and it's fun.
  6. Ghostbusters: The Video Game is true to the original movies in a lot of ways and manages to deliver a fun, yet somewhat shallow game experience.
  7. It’s just a shame that more wasn’t done to combat the repetitiveness as, with more variety, this could have lived up to its massive potential.

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. SamLightfoot
    Jun 18, 2009
    10
    OK, where do we start. Using your proton pack is exactly how I imagined it should be after watching these movies for 20 years. It's OK, where do we start. Using your proton pack is exactly how I imagined it should be after watching these movies for 20 years. It's reckless and destructive, and it catches ghosts real good. This game rocks. It has great voice work from the original cast, a cool story written by Aykroyd and Ramis, and some pretty solid gameplay. It has some online multiplayer ghost busting mayhem too. If you're a fan of the movies at all, I can hardly recommend this game enough. Expand
  2. AnonymousMC
    Jun 18, 2009
    9
    It's not perfect, but the story is great and the hunting and trapping is very well done. If there was just a little more of that,It's not perfect, but the story is great and the hunting and trapping is very well done. If there was just a little more of that, I'd have given the game a 10. As it stands, it gets a 9 because, depsite its flaws, it's still a very fun game and the story is great. Expand
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    9
    I was really surprised by this game, i got is a present from a friend who got it cheep. Not to be the bad guy, i played it and found myselfI was really surprised by this game, i got is a present from a friend who got it cheep. Not to be the bad guy, i played it and found myself enjoying the experience a person would want from being a ghostbuster. The team is great with all the original voices and the story is actually really well done. If you have watched any of the movies, you will point at the screen going 'hey, i remember that' many times before the game is done. All your favorites are back, Slimer, Stay Puft, the Librarian, and of course there is the dancing toaster. The controls were surprisingly good, the game handles pretty well. There are several different beams/slime you can shoot, which adds well needed variety, but you can pretty much beat the game with nothing but the normal stream. One thing i found odd is that the game tried to pull a Dead Space by putting the majority of your hub on your pack, overheat, health, cooling, its all there on the pack. This would have been fine if not for the fact that sometimes the screens aren't visible and are too small. Most the time i just cooled off after every ghost i captured. What is a really nice thing to see is the verity in enemies, from possessed object to the super natural ghosts, there is quite a large verity. I did find this game to repetitive, it even repeats a few levels. One really big shocker was just how good the multiplayer is. Instead of having people beat each other up, they help each other by capturing ghosts and the more you get the higher you level up. This is a nice breather after all the shooters such as Mw2 or Red Dead, but i don't like how the it is set up. The leveling up system is confusing, and the community for it is failing fast, so soon it will be another lost server. The final work i have for this game is that it is the perfect game for those who love the movies or just want a good si-fy thriller. Expand
  4. MarkD
    Jul 14, 2009
    8
    Well, this really does a great job of capturing the look, feel and wit of the movies. From the superb script and voice acting done by the Well, this really does a great job of capturing the look, feel and wit of the movies. From the superb script and voice acting done by the original cast, the Ghostbusters equipment, the famous theme tune. This is as authentic as you could possibly hope for and as Brad M below said it really does feel like they wrote a 3rd movie and you're part of it! All this would fall as flat as a pancake if the gameplay sucked though but thankfully this is also great fun to play. The controlls are well thought out, the weapons are imaginative and ther's enough surprises, scares, and epic set pieces to keep it fun through to the end. Ther's a few little irritations - the suddern deaths, linier level design and short time to complete (6-8 hrs). Nothing that's going to ruin your enjoyment too much mind but enough to stop this being a bona fide classic. This gets a hell of a lot more right then wrong though. In short this does justice to the original movies and is a cracking game in it's own right. What more do you want?! Expand
  5. Oct 7, 2010
    8
    finnaly a ghostbusters game thats good and captures the feel of the movie pretty well. you deffinitly feel like you are waching the thirdfinnaly a ghostbusters game thats good and captures the feel of the movie pretty well. you deffinitly feel like you are waching the third movie as you play. the ghostbusters humor is there all the original voice cast minus weaver and morranis . the controls are pretty good will take you alittle bit to get the hang of but when you do busting ghosts is a fun adventure . a nice varity of ghostbusting gear to use that can be upgraded . the voice acting is pretty solid except for bill murray who at times feels like he is just half asleep and just phoning it in . the rest of the cast do a great job . the graphics are decent and do there job the sound and music is spot on . the game has a few bugs and glitches but nothing i felt made the game near unplayable . your ghostbuster allies how ever have some fairly dumb AI and in some cases i felt i spent more time reviving them them any thing els . there is no 4 player co-op in the story mode eather which to me was the worst thing they coulda left out . you play as a no name no speaking bland looking 5th ghostbuster . which if they where gona do that why not give you a create a charicter option atleast. there is a 4 player co-op online in kind of a horde mode style play which is kinda fun but woulda been better having that co-op in the story mode. all in all im very happy with this game especially since i got it off ebay for just $7 with shipping . which i so feel i came out ahead on . Expand
  6. Dec 9, 2014
    7
    As close to the third movie you're going to get. Extremely faithful with all the right sounds, visuals and voices. There are shortcomings withAs close to the third movie you're going to get. Extremely faithful with all the right sounds, visuals and voices. There are shortcomings with the gameplay but definitely worthwhile for fans of the films. Expand
  7. Oct 31, 2011
    3
    I will qualify this by stating that, although I'm well old enough to remember the Ghostbusters heyday back in the early 1980's, I've alwaysI will qualify this by stating that, although I'm well old enough to remember the Ghostbusters heyday back in the early 1980's, I've always been rather lukewarm to the whole thing. The movies were okay, but nothing I wanted to see more than once. Still, I read good reviews and thought "a good game is a good game."

    Wow, was this awful. The graphics are very nice, and the story is okay, so there's no problem. It has a sense of humor and *does* play like a sequel to the previous films, so if you're an absolute Ghostbusters fan, this may be for you.

    The problem is with the gameplay. Catching those things is an absolute chore. I read one professional review where the critic said he "couldn't tell me how much fun it was" to catch and trap the ghosts, and I can only presume he's never played a game that wasn't made for the Atari 2600 prior to this. The actual mechanics of catching and trapping the ghosts is like trying to catch flies with a fishing rod and is about as much fun. Which, is to say, not at all. And that's the main point of the game.

    I suppose it *does* give you the feeling of what it would be like to be a Ghostbuster. Sadly, it turns out that being a Ghostbuster isn't fun at all.
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