Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 74 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 out of 74
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  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. Ghostbusters: The Videogame is possibly one of the best adaptations ever done of a film to a videogame. Its secret is a very detailed ambience, but the best thing is that it not only plays with our nostalgia, it also has great playability. The absence of Rick Moranis is the only thing that prevents the game from being perfect, but if you love the films this is what you've always dreamed of.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    90
    Robust, charming and impeccably presented. Impossible not to enjoy. [July 2009, p.79]
  4. My hat is off to Terminal Reality... they may have just created the best movie game of all time.
  5. Games Master UK
    85
    A love letter to the much loved movie and a pretty decent and often original shooter to boot. [July 2009, p.64]
  6. 85
    A blisteringly energetic, entertaining experience. It might lack variety on a basic level but it’s still engagingly solid, if not out-and-out spectacular.
  7. The gang’s all here—well, except for Louis. Terminal Reality might have created the only true Ghostbusters game, ever, but it’s about as good as we could have asked for (could have used more Murray, though). Who you gonna call? Atari for some DLC.
  8. If you're a fan of the Ghostbusters franchise, you definitely need to play this game.
  9. 85
    The story remains suitably compelling and entertaining throughout, but it's the intuitive controls and strength of the ghostbusting itself that'll keep you playing.
  10. PSM3 Magazine UK
    85
    Too short, but packed with quality and imagination. [July 2009, p.60]
  11. The gameplay is a little basic at first, however as you play, you have access to more items and weapons, only adding to your gaming experience.
  12. I'd easily recommend that you go out and pick up this little gem of a licensed game and add it to your pile.
  13. Pelit (Finland)
    84
    Ghostbusters: The Video Game looks, sounds and feels like Ghostbusters. And that's pretty much enough. Excellent entertainment for casual gamers. [June 2009]
  14. 84
    Ghostbusters won't change the way you think about videogame design, but it will change the way you think about licensed games. The gameplay isn't brilliant, but this is a loving third installment to a cherished franchise, and we thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
  15. Warts and all, you can't do much better than Ghostbusters if you're looking for a game that is above all else, just plain fun.
  16. There are some flaws, including the lack of a local co-op mode, however there is just so much that was done right that you can't help but have a blast. It may not be everything you ever wanted out of a Ghostbusters game, but it's as close as you're going to get to perfection at this point.
  17. 83
    As a Ghostbusters fan, this game came through by delivering an entertaining experience with plenty of laughs and just the right amount of action.
  18. 82
    Ghostbusters is the perfect example of how to treat a cherished license right. The game plays great, looks great, and really captures the essence of what makes the series so beloved.
  19. 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.
  20. Ghostbusters is a really enjoyable game to play and fans won't be disappointed in this title. Well worth your cash.
  21. Fans are going to love it, but for everyone else this is just a good shooter with a different setting. But come on - who isn't a fan of the Ghostbusters?
  22. Ghostbusters: The Videogame is not one of those crappy tie-ins which try to sell a franchise without respecting its own identity. It is instead a true sequel to the original movies, flawed so weakly that the gameplay is unaffected. Ghostbusters are back and not just fans will love this awesome action-game.
  23. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    80
    Original cast, original creators and great story with fantastic feel make 10/10 experience. Game mechanics and stereotypes are no more than 6/10. Simple math makes it an eight point game. [June 2009]
  24. 80
    There are some moments that cause the game to stumble, but you're getting a new tale in the Ghostbusters canon, fun gameplay, a whole bunch of stuff to destroy, and some cool ghosts to scan. I felt that the game's ending was a bit flat and the romantic interest was forced, but Ghostbusters is a hell of a ride.
  25. Ghostbusters does honor the movie. An entertaining game, with a huge array of gameplay possibilities. Some technical issues (judgements), problems with the AI, and a steep learning curve are the main problems with a game that could have fared much better. Nevertheless, it is a game recommended to the fans of Ivan Reitman's film, and to those who love the comedy of the 80s. To be a ghostbuster is the ultimate experience.
  26. The real meat of the game is getting to play through the Ghostbusters experience we've always dreamed about as kids - a story that could have easily been "Ghostbusters III." [July 2009, p.81]
  27. It suffers from a few issues (sloppy lip-syncing, repetitive music, unbalanced difficulty), but Ghostbusters: The Video Game is a must play for fans as well as gamers in search of a new shooter.
  28. Ghostbusters: The Video Game does not quite have the charm of the films, nor does it have the depth and technical prowess of either system’s AAA titles, but we’re all better off for its existence. When it’s on form the game is a thrilling blend of pretty visuals, great physics and challenging action and when it loses its way it still never tramples on your childhood memories, providing the voices, the music and the icons that’ll keep fans happily busting on to the very end.
  29. Simultaneously a new Ghostbusters movie and an enjoyable videogame. Rough around the edges, but the superb scripting and unique humour make this a breath of fresh air.
  30. 80
    Though I was ultimately somewhat disappointed by the flawed and fundamentally repetitive nature of my time as a green recruit, Ghostbusters' tight online component renewed my long-term enthusiasm for slam-dunking slimers.
  31. 80
    Ghostbusters is a fun, accessible game, whether you're a fan of the films or not. It's also the best game based on a film franchise since The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.
  32. 80
    Younger gamers will find this fun and funny. Older gamers may just weep in appreciation. [Issue#180, p.82]
  33. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    80
    Strictly in terms of gameplay, this is probably a 7/10 - fun and polished if a little repetitive - but there's absolutely an extra level of enjoyment and quality here thanks to the smart and sensitive use of much-loved material. [July 2009, p.86]
  34. Bar a few flaws and annoyances along the way, it's geeky, funny, genuinely spooky in places, packed with blistering, ghost-catching action and beautifully captures a unique charm and atmosphere that has bewitched audiences for 25 years. Simply put, it's The Ghostbusters.
  35. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    80
    The game, despite being a solid effort, ultimately falls shy of total satisfaction due to the brevity of the play experience (you'll complete it under 10 hours and earn earn just a few videos and a lot of concept art for your troubles). [Aug 2009, p.68]
  36. There are some presentational issues that let it down, some of the weapons are a little underused, there are large chunks of inactivity and it’s relatively short at just over five hours, but that isn’t quite enough to stop this from being one of the best movie tie-ins in recent memory. They came, they saw, they kicked its ass!
  37. It may be straightforward and linear, but it is still extremely satisfying and a lot of fun - and ultimately, fun is what makes or breaks a game. The story is a bit on the short side, lasting about 6-7 hours, but the multiplayer events are cool and there is downloadable content in the works as we speak.
  38. 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.
  39. AceGamez
    80
    If you have any sort of enthusiasm for Ghostbusters: The Video Game then you can be sure that Terminal Reality have done nothing so wrong that you should be in the least discouraged from checking it out.
  40. 78
    Ghostbusters is a good game, a bit far from the great 3rd person action titles in gameplay and, specially, in visuals, but it has two things which make it a unique game, the originality of its gameplay, and the atmosphere: the sensation of being starring a Ghostbusters movie, interacting with, learning of and following the path of a myth of the eighties.
  41. The game is full of fun elements, sports an in-depth multiplayer component, and is loaded with fan-service. While I think this is a solid title for anyone interested action gaming and solid storytelling, it is certainly not a must-buy. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
  42. The difficult job of creating a game that feels truly authentic and lives up to the franchise's fame has been done successfully. Ghostbusters: The Video Game simply 'breathes' Ghostbusters, and players will get their kicks with some awesome 'ghost slinging' action throughout some diverse environments. The game doesn't really set any new standards for videogaming as a whole and could have been a bit longer for the lone players out there, but still, Ghostbusters: The Video Game definitely does what you expect of it and want it to do.
  43. If this hadn't been a Ghostbusters game, then we would likely be praising it for its successes and sweeping its deficiencies under the rug. The fact of the matter, though, is that Ghostbusters: The Video Game is a hugely anticipated game and unfortunately, it ultimately let us down.
  44. Ghostbusters is a nice fan-service tribute to the movies, and a great action videogame. The best thing about it is the fact that it provides the charm and fun of the films.
  45. Ghostbusters is the game we’ve waited for, and given a little more time, this ambitious title would be an instant classic.
  46. Original gameplay and a good variety of situations and environments maintain high the interest on the basis of a long life suitable for the genre.
  47. Despite some drawbacks, this satisfying adventure is just what you'd want from a Ghostbusters game: it's funny and it's fun.
  48. Captures the Ghostbusters spirit without taking too many gambles.
  49. Ghostbusters: The Video Game, despite some gameplay issues, features a good variety of situations with a lot of strategy linked to different kinds of weapons and enemies that requires a special attack to be beaten. Also the multiplayer, featuring a lot of fun modes and an unexpected solidity, gives a boost to the game.
  50. 75
    Ghostbusters offers some unique gameplay, an amusing story and a lot of fun for fans. Presentation issues hold back the PlayStation 3 version, but otherwise it's the best Ghostbusters game ever.
  51. A solid cast added to a recognizable storyline in familiar surroundings will let you almost share and feel the ghost busting experience. Wonderfully created cut scenes and down time in the HQ adds intensity and authenticity to that experience. One for fans and newcomers alike, Ghostbusters is a game that won’t take an age to play, but never takes itself too seriously and as a result was a pleasurable experience. Different from the rest of the herd, it begs to be played and deserves to be enjoyed.
  52. There are some things I loved about the game and equally the same amount of things I found irritating. It’s hard to recommend to fans of third person shooters in general. But, fans of the movies and story driven games will definitely find the game more appealing.
  53. With some compromising failures as a videogame, this Ghostbusters movie adaptation can however be considered one of the best cinematographic conversions.
  54. Edge Magazine
    70
    With a little more in the way of technical polish and a few more hours of playtime thrown in, this would have been one of the best film-based games of all time. [July 2009, p.90]
  55. Fans of the Ghostbusters movies from the 80's will be happy to know that this videogame adaptation has managed to capture the charming and geeky atmosphere found in the silver screen source material. Once you've acquired enough weapons and upgrades the gameplay becomes really entertaining and you'll also find a multiplayer mode that acts as entertaining bonus material, at least for a little while. Annoying flaws, such as grotesquely long loading sequences and sudden inexplicable deaths, do hamper an otherwise great experience well worth checking out.
  56. 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.
  57. games(TM)
    70
    Even a sadly lacking level of polish can't change the simple fact that busting - as you may have heard - makes us feel good. [July 2009, p.114]
  58. The potential was there, but Ghostbusters The Video Game is not as good as it might have been. It's fun when it is a ghost-capturing game, but the addition of third-person shooter elements spoils it.
  59. 70
    As licensed games go, it's above average - but given that the film series it is based on was last seen at the cinemas over 20 years ago, it's a bit of disappointment that it still feels a bit rushed. It could have been (and based on pre-release media, seemed to be) so much better.
  60. If you love the film it's impossible not to like this game, despite its faults. That would be like hating a puppy just because it's got a wonky leg. This might not be the best videogame ever made but it's one of the better movie tie-ins out there, and it's the closest to being a Ghostbuster most of us will ever get.
  61. If you're a fan of the movies this alone is largely enough to look past the game's failings, such as the repetitive gameplay and dated design.
  62. The attention to detail here shames most other movie-licensed titles and there's plenty of fan service that will please gamers and non-gamers alike. Had the core game been more focused on the hunting and trapping we'd have had a potential classic.
  63. Ghostbusters: The Videogame feels just like a new chapter in the saga with its well-penned script and excellent voice acting, but apart from the ghost wrangling the gameplay itself never manages to reach any greater heights. The graphics are average at best, and the repetitive 8 hour story isn't that exciting. However, the oodles of charm that the game exudes more than makes up for this. A must for Ghostbusters fans, but only mildly interesting for newcomers to the series.
  64. It's nostalgia first and game second but you'd have to really hate Ghostbusters to not enjoy this tie-in.
  65. Very average in most respects - everything it does right has some element which drags it straight back down. The one thing which makes the game amazing is the attention to detail given to the characters, story and the world they live in.
  66. It's a classic case of being sucked in by a license; an average shooter resting heavily on the shoulders of an acclaimed movie license. It's not all bad, just don't expect it to be as good as you're probably expecting it to be.
  67. If you're a fan of the Ghostbusters (who isn't?), there's enough here for you to really sink your teeth into.
  68. 70
    Ghostbusters is a good game because it's everything it should have been.
  69. In spite of a few flaws, Ghostbusters: The Videogame gives fans the experience they have been waiting for. Hunting and catching ghosts is fun, especially when playing online with friends. The original cast and locales return in this videogame adaptation and the attention to detail is great. As a result, you really get the feeling of being in a Ghostbusters movie.
  70. 70
    When the game handles save data properly, it's an enthralling addition to the Ghostbusters mythos that provides plenty of fantastic gameplay as well as hilarious performances from a talented cast. On the other hand, I cannot overlook its collection of frustrating technical issues.
  71. One of the best tie-in available on the market. Buy the game if you love Ghostbusters.
  72. Despite a smart, exciting start, towards the end you’ll be tired of the game.
  73. 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.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 19, 2017
    7
    This was one of those games where nearly everything was created properly but then didn't realize it's own potential. The gameplay andThis was one of those games where nearly everything was created properly but then didn't realize it's own potential. The gameplay and graphics, even the characters and weapons were set for a much bigger game than I personally believe the developers considered feasible/could wrap their heads around. Instead we have a decent if not typical storyline (I'm not complaining) which forces your every move as you're guided along the linear path through segregated chapters... Now, that's something that works great with many games and wasn't all that bad here, either. The problem is that if this particular game wasn't so strict in it's limitations, loosened up a bit, didn't hold back so much with the systems it touched upon it could have been better. Enhance it by taking it a step further and adding RPG elements and it could have been incredible.

    To me, Ghostbusters is all about hunting ghosts. I mean, that's the whole point. Yet after the first few levels you're stuck with flying book swarms (only acceptable in Castlevania) and whatever random creatures better suit the level in a somewhat superficial way. There I was, mission after mission thinking 'where are all of the plain, old GHOSTS?'. It actually became a far less interesting game -- not to mention less fun -- when the enemies became more generic video game bad guys.

    Imagine this: you play as the newest recruit, you have definable stats including those that define a PERSONALITY for your character. Your various weapons can be further upgraded and tweaked. You respond to randomly generated calls throughout the city for currency all the while discovering clues and new leads for various quests that can take you to unique locations. Maybe even some sort of system where the public and authorities view you each affect gameplay/outcomes separately. I know that sounds like a totally different game, yet many of these ideas are already touched upon with the base game.

    Anyways, no use daydreaming. It's a shame the franchise hasn't progressively worked and gained momentum with its video games since this release.
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  3. 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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