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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
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  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. PSM3 Magazine UK
    85
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  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. EdV
    Jan 11, 2010
    9
    I read the reviews, and was a bit disappointed about how the game rated. Saddened, I bought it anyway and braced for a letdown, but
  3. Jul 7, 2015
    9
    When I review games, I NEVER give a 0 or a 10. A 10 means God himself would enjoy the game and a 0 means you tried to play it and your gamingWhen I review games, I NEVER give a 0 or a 10. A 10 means God himself would enjoy the game and a 0 means you tried to play it and your gaming system melted just by putting in the disc.

    So, as a Ghostbuster fan from the watching it in the theaters in the 80's I thought this game had better be good. I played other GB games and I wasn't impressed. I really loved this game. I felt part of the movie. This game plays out a good story with good graphics, pretty simple controls and lots of good fun. Great game!
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  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 15, 2016
    7
    Ghostbusters the Video Game
    Decent but dated.
    It’s so rare to find a licensed game actually worth playing through... and thankfully this is
    Ghostbusters the Video Game
    Decent but dated.
    It’s so rare to find a licensed game actually worth playing through... and thankfully this is one of them.
    In Ghostbusters the video game you play as a nameless and voiceless recruit…
    Perfect opportunity to have a customizable character... but no... You’re just some generic dude that joins the ghostbusters squad.
    Your journey starts checking out a hotel and ends up in a chase to shut down this giant ghost portal by taking care of different points across Manhattan.
    This game is about 7 and a half hours long, and is varied and well-designed preventing repetitiveness to kick in…
    You’ll visit spooky libraries, different dimensions, and a graveyard just to name a few...
    But this game is from 2009 and it definitely shows with its grainy texture…
    It’s very hard on the eyes after being so used to the graphics and textures of modern day games 7 years later…
    The actual gameplay here is engaging enough to force your eyes to just deal with it…
    You have a proton pack and a scanner..
    As you progress through the story you’ll gain new abilities and modes for the proton pack which tie into level progression itself, like being able to make a slime tether to pull items, and you of course have attacks and ways to capture the ghosts you run into…
    To capture a ghost you have to weaken it, shoot out your capture stream and try to wiggle it into your ghost trap…
    There are also possessed creatures that you can just straight up kill and not have to capture.. which I found to be way more fun to deal with…
    The ghost capturing sections of the game for me were by far the worst…
    they take way too long to complete and bring the game to a crawl… they are spaced out more the deeper you get into the game, but are still an eye roll when they pop up…
    And with the scanner you can scan a ghost or enemy to learn its weakness so you know which mode to use... but it also rewards you with cash, as do the collectibles in the game, giving true incentive to capture stats and seek items out to upgrade your proton pack modes…
    And at the end of each spooky location is a pretty awesome boss battle.. all of which feel unique from each other, and the game does a great job of hyping them up with their story as your progress through the levels
    there wasn’t one I didn’t have fun trying to defeat or capture…
    most if not all being fan favorites as I’ve never really seen a ghostbusters movie.
    There is a game save bug here though so be cautious…
    I Turned my ps3 off right before the final 2 bosses and when I woke up in the morning the game wasn’t reading my save.. Thankfully it did after I reinstalled... but be warry of this glitch going in…
    And this games multiplayer is lost in time, it’s no longer works.
    Other than dated grainy textures, this is a really solid game worth checking out if you’re a ghostbusters fan.
    I give ghostbusters the video game
    a 7/10
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  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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