• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 20, 2007
Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. 90
    It has nigh-on perfect aiming, hilarious and fun levels, longevity through skill progression and variety not normally seen in an arcade game.
  2. A really pleasant surprise. The Wii is fast becoming the home of unpretentious thrills. [Jan 2007, p.73]
  3. As long as you're prepared to get nothing more than a very good, very short arcade shooter, you'll find a lot of value in this package. It's quick, it's explosive and it's great fun.
  4. Better than being in the arcades and with more extras than an all-you-can-eat buffet, Ghost Squad gets a high five from us. Future shooters take note: the bar has been set high. [Feb 2008, p.68]
  5. Most first-person shooters are over after 10-15 hours. It'll be at least twice that before you see all that Ghost Squad has to offer. Its brevity on paper is not a curse, but a blessing.
  6. 80
    It would have been improved immensely by true, accurate aiming, but even without it's always a good time blowing away terrorists and earning new weapons for the next play-through.
  7. With so many ways to customise your experience, and the addictive allure of the online high-score tables, Ghost Squad is a game you’ll return to long after more epic adventures have been and gone. [Feb 2008, p.124]
  8. An addictive arcade port with loads of unlockables which works perfectly with the Wii Zapper.
  9. Fun and nostalgic, Ghost Squad delivers hardcore action at a sweet $30 price tag.
  10. Great, throwaway fun. Ghost Squad won't last forever, but you'll return for a quick blast on multiplayer. [Issue#17, p.70]
  11. 75
    For light gun fans Ghost Squad is a must play though, and at $30 it won’t break the bank to purchase this one. At the end of the day, Ghost Squad is simply a fun arcade experience, and certainly worth a look.
  12. 75
    While it lasts, though, the game is a fun and enjoyable way to blow off some steam; light-gun junkies should definitely take a look at this one.
  13. I've always been a fan of bringing the arcade experience home; it's how our gaming industry started. Ghost Squad does a great job of letting you play the classic arcade shooter and even throws in a few extras no one saw coming.
  14. Whether you'll like Ghost Squad or not comes down to how you enjoy light gun games.
  15. Ghost Squad is a culmination of hits and misses, forming a package that succeeds because of its quirky charm and traditional gameplay.
  16. The amount of content is a bit disappointing. Three levels just aren’t enough nowadays, despite a handful of variations on each. The fact that they play out exactly the same way every time doesn’t help, either. Playing through solo or with a buddy is definitely worth an afternoon, though, regardless of the game’s relatively short legs.
  17. The game is no masterpiece, but if you're in the mood for some mindless, old-school entertainment, it's $30 well spent. [Holiday 2007, p.82]
  18. 70
    At around 30 bucks, Ghost Squad is a great addition to your library if, and only if, you are into light-gun games that aren't heavy on the realism (ie, most of them). It's absurd and comical, and those aren't necessarily bad things. In our case, we certainly had no trouble laughing our way through some surprisingly entertaining light-gun action.
  19. 70
    Despite the enemy repetition, you'll insist on plowing throw the stages repeatedly, trying to attain a high score in order to build up your inventory of unlocked items. Between the friendly price tag ($30) and no need for additional lightgun add-ons, it's an enticing value.
  20. It's a game that has the potential to be played for hours and hours if you want to go for high scores and all the unlockable items, but many gamers may find the 20-minute campaign to be far too short.
  21. 70
    Ghost Squad isn't a revolution, or even an evolution of the arcade light gun shooter. The game is simple to play and the addition of a few Wii bonus options does add a little more to the package.
  22. A solid on-rails shooter, although somewhat archaic, it’s still very enjoyable. Mindlessly shooting terrorists without having to think it always a great option, with the only flaw being the price.
  23. 70
    Seems stupidly short at first, but then you start unlocking things and realise how much there is in there to get before you can claim you've finished. Online leader boards mean you're going to want to keep competing for a while.
  24. 70
    Ghost Squad is fairly recent game, however it lives on past glories. There's not much game here compared to House of the Dead 2 & 3, but with 4 friends Ghost Squad provides hours of entertainment normally only available for a pound a time each in Alton Towers.
  25. 69
    Arcade nuts that simply cannot live without Ghost Squad in their collection should be prepared to receive nothing but a strictly shallow gaming experience, while everyone else would be well advised to consider spending their hard-earned cash on Capcom's far superior Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.
  26. So while Ghost Squad is a perfectly reasonable lightgun shooter which only significantly falls short in terms of its length, what really sticks in our collective craw is the price. Asking thirty quid for it would be a piss take at the best of times, but considering the US version is being sold for the same figure in dollars, making it around £15 in real money, that’s quite frankly unacceptable.
  27. If you like shooting terrorists who look like they walked off the set of “The A Team”, and really who doesn’t, then Ghost Squad will provide plenty of enjoyable, mindless fun.
  28. A deliberate '90s-arcade-game charm and some ridiculous non sequiturs give this incredibly brief light gun shooter an odd appeal.
  29. It's funny for a minute or two, but still… thirty bucks is a lot for three levels and a few giggles.
  30. Ghost Squad is fun while it lasts, whether you’re playing by yourself or with friends. The problem is that it lasts less than an hour. If you’re the type who plays to perfection and see yourself going back again and again for unlockables, it’s worth a look.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Nov 24, 2011
    9
    A faithful console port of a good arcade game, Ghost Squad is an enjoyable way to spend some time either single player or multiplayer. DespiteA faithful console port of a good arcade game, Ghost Squad is an enjoyable way to spend some time either single player or multiplayer. Despite being a rail shooter, Ghost Squad breaks the typical mold in a few ways. First, there are several rails, and the game gives the player the choice. At key points in each mission, the player is able to choose which direction or strategy to take, and the choice does affect the game. With the Wii version, as you complete more playthroughs, you will unlock additional decision points and/or options for existing decision gates. The other way in which Ghost Squad differs from the usual rail shooter is the existence of multiple pseudo-minigames, such as disabling mines or disarming bombs. The variety of missions available keeps the game from getting boring, and the various training and competition modes available, combined with co-op multiplayer for the main game, mean that there are tons of fun to be had with friends. The only negative mark for the game is that the missions replay exactly -- enemies always appear in the same places and attack in the same patterns. With enough repetition, these patterns will be learned and reduce some of the fun of the game. Even considering that weakness, though, Ghost Squad is definitely worth the purchase, particularly as it is now generally bargain-bin material. Full Review »
  2. JohnS.
    Jun 2, 2008
    9
    A good on the rails shooter - it will play through once for an afternoons fun but the unlockable extras will keep you coming back. Even A good on the rails shooter - it will play through once for an afternoons fun but the unlockable extras will keep you coming back. Even better was the 2player mode. Can't wait to see what happens with 4. Full Review »
  3. LukeS.
    May 16, 2008
    9
    It's really the same as the arcade version except that you dont need to pay money to play. The ninja mode is the most fun and paradise It's really the same as the arcade version except that you dont need to pay money to play. The ninja mode is the most fun and paradise maode is a pain in the butt but overall it's ALOT of fun. Full Review »