Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins PSP

  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2006
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
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  1. Even on the easiest setting Ultimate Ghosts ‘N Goblins is designed to tease, torture, torment and transgress. In other words it’s #%$&*+! hard!
  2. Game Informer
    73
    I'm fine with a game that has me tearing my hair out from the difficulty--but the gameplay sure better hold up during those frustrating hours. In this case, I'm not sure it does. [Oct. 2006, p.110]
  3. 70
    It's a rare old-school follow-up that furthers its roots without selling out.
  4. This game is about as hard as petrified wood. Capcom eased things up a bit by tossing three difficulty levels into the mix, but even the added confidence booster couldn't save me from dying hundreds of times.
  5. For the few, the proud and the masochistic, however, your game has arrived. Good luck, and for the love of god, use that optional wrist-strap. PSPs are expensive.
  6. Hardcore devotees of Sir Arthur's previous adventures will whoop like pandas at the news that the game's legendary toughness has not been completely castrated for today's lily-livered gamers, though it's sometimes hard to shake the feeling that the relentless challenge comes from clunky controls and respawning monsters just as often as smart level design.
  7. Its uncompromising design could be perceived as lazy and frustrating or inspired, bold, and nostalgic, depending on your point of view.
  8. New additions to the series, including the varied inventory, offer a strong dose of depth that perhaps wasn't there in instalments gone by, though there remains a question of longevity.
  9. Whether or not you will embrace it, though, all depends on either your loyalty to the franchise or the seriousness of your masochistic tendencies.
  10. Thankfully, the difficulty has been offset by the inclusion of regular checkpoints and some new moves for Arthur - the ability to hang from ledges gives some welcome leeway when jumps are mistimed, and a double tap on the D-pad makes him dash. It's great, simplistic, old-school adventuring, but fiendish with it. Crap gamers: you have been warned.
  11. games(TM)
    70
    Eminently timeless, suitably gorgeous, but unutterably difficult. Everything you want in a retro revamp. [Oct 2006, p.120]
  12. While Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins often threatens to be obtuse and dated platformer, it’s hard not admire its impishly cunning design, charming presentation and strict old-school challenge.
  13. UGAG can very comfortably be compared to a Rubik’s Cube – it isn’t very pretty or enticing, it’s just an extremely straightforward, ball-bustingly hard challenge. It almost deserves two separate scores. If you like a challenge, then add [30] more points to my final score. If you prefer a bit more of an easier time, then detract [50].
  14. A great-looking update of a classic platformer, but it can be frustratingly difficult to a fault.
  15. PSM3 Magazine UK
    66
    A decent remake of a classic platformer, but it's ultimately too hard, too old-fashioned and too short-lived. [Oct 2006, p.72]
  16. 65
    Fans of the series or those looking for a challenge should give it a try but many will no doubt be put off by the clunky control and unrewarding difficulty.
  17. Ultimately frustrating to all but the most devout fans of Ghosts n’ Goblins games past.
  18. Games Master UK
    62
    There's a fine line between 'challenging' and 'sadistic,' and this is on the wrong side of it. [Oct 2006, p.79]
  19. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    60
    The fact that I greeted each completed level with relief rather than satisfaction ain't encouraging. [Sept. 2006, p.108]
  20. 60
    There’s no doubt that fans of 2D action will love this difficult quest, but if you weren’t into side scrollers before, it seems unlikely that anything here will change your mind.
  21. I want to fight against bad guys, not the control scheme. If tweaking was done with the horrible jump system, then this game would have been a solid recommendation.
  22. While it’s hard for me to generally recommend this game to anyone, I know that old-school fans of the game and masochistic gamers who enjoy relying on dumb luck along with insane difficulty will enjoy the game.
  23. The original Ghosts 'N Goblins was famously difficult, so it's hard to fault the new game for being difficult, too. The difference is that the new Ghosts 'N Goblins is difficult in manufactured ways - controls and structure - which force replays of previous levels.
  24. Ultimate Ghosts & Goblins may bring on some nostalgia and looks fun for a while, but unless you are fantastically good at side-scrolling games or just plain masochistic when it comes to your gaming, this one's not worth your money.
  25. Game play tends to become monotonous after a while, although the game itself is relatively short. Some required maneuvers were very difficult, which frustrated me.
  26. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    50
    A beautiful, but hard-as-nails remastering of the 1988 original that sadly still plays like an 18-year-old game. Exasperating. [Oct 2006, p.96]

Awards & Rankings

#27 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 26, 2013
    8
    Hard, simple, good! It has more weapons, armour and enemies so you don't feel like fresh meat. The difficulty doesn't change, but deaths feelHard, simple, good! It has more weapons, armour and enemies so you don't feel like fresh meat. The difficulty doesn't change, but deaths feel like it was your fault and not the games. Graphics improved, which doesn't bother me but may bother some, better music and the same storyline. Rewarding and pushes you on to win. My fave PSP game! Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2012
    10
    Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins picks up from the last entry in one of Capcom's most popular franchise series. In an update version Author has moreUltimate Ghosts 'n Goblins picks up from the last entry in one of Capcom's most popular franchise series. In an update version Author has more weapons, more armor and more ghosts 'n goblins to slay. The game is as hard as it always has been, while adding more features, such as multiple shields, new spells and an armor stacking feature that allows you to take more hits. A new "warp staff" track back feature allows you to re-play through zones to collect everything you need, without having to beat the game and then re-play everything. A fantastic entry in the series, well worth the time to play. Full Review »
  3. Feb 21, 2011
    8
    Prepare to have your fragile gamer ego mercilessly bludgeoned by wave after wave of enemies who attack from angles too awkward to counter.Prepare to have your fragile gamer ego mercilessly bludgeoned by wave after wave of enemies who attack from angles too awkward to counter.

    Looks good, sounds good, and unlike previous installments in the series you get to save and continue your game, reducing the degree to which your sanity (and possibly your PSP) will be broken during gameplay. This is a great game, but skip it if you're not interested in struggling tooth-and-nail for every inch of progress.
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