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  • Summary: In Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins, Arthur's heroic battle with the underworld was finally over and the entrance to the realm was sealed. So he thought. Time passes and unknowing to mankind, the dark lord has awaken from his slumber and kidnaps the princess in an effort to conquer the human world. Arthur must set off for the evil forest, the gateway to the underworld, to save the princess from imminent doom and keep the devil as well as his minions at bay. The excitement and intensity of the forerunner continues as our armored hero takes on this new challenge for the sake of humanity. With the use of a 3D graphics engine, the Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins world comes alive as effects, cutscenes, backgrounds and animations are given more depth and richer detail. Retaining the classic design of the series, several new facets have been created including a broader range of motion and new control techniques. Now our hero has the capability to dash, double-jump, shoot up or down in a vertical fashion, grab onto ledges, etc. With a new leveling system, allows gamers to build up Arthur’s skills for more powerful magic abilities and attacks. With the addition of extra lives, death doesn’t mean starting from a check point but rematerializing where they left off. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
  1. Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins is "2D" but it's also a highly-produced, meticulously planned, big-budget release. This is no throwback to side-scrollers gone by, this is 2D handheld gaming. [Aug 2006, p.16]
  2. 88
    One of the best updates of a classic franchise we've had the chance to play. [Issue 144, p.90]
  3. 80
    The game is a terrific piece of work that looks beautiful and plays well if you give it your undivided attention and concentration and overcome the flawed controls. [JPN Import]
  4. 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.
  5. Eminently timeless, suitably gorgeous, but unutterably difficult. Everything you want in a retro revamp. [Oct 2006, p.120]
  6. Ultimately frustrating to all but the most devout fans of Ghosts n’ Goblins games past.
  7. When it isn’t busy knocking you off cliffs or duping you into a second play-through, it’s a fun, hectic shooter, but without a more gradual difficulty ramp or at least some cheat codes, this is one problem best left unsolved.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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 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. Collapse
  2. TobyM.
    Sep 3, 2006
    10
    hardest sidescroller ever... but if ur up for the challenge it's incredibly rewarding!
  3. JordanH.
    Sep 6, 2006
    10
    A true hard as hell masterpiece. Great music, awsome graphics and glorious old school gameplay. This game will bring the memories of hellish nights in front of your NES/SNES trying to beat those old past games. The good thing about this is. Beating these type of games really makes you feel special! Recomended for everyone that loves a good challenge! Expand
  4. DainG.
    Sep 13, 2006
    8
    Ultimate Ghosts
  5. AramisG.
    Oct 6, 2006
    8
    Side scrollers are suppossed to be hard. Why should this one be an exception. It isn't that bad. The first time I played this game, I made it to the fifth level. Looks fantastic, not for anyone born after 1980. Expand
  6. 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 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! Expand
  7. 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.

    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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