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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 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: 43 out of 53
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  1. It is a great deal of fun with only a few instances where you feel like you are in over your head.
  2. The dedication to translating the finest qualities of the Ghostbusters franchise into a great video game shows through in every facet of the game, making it easily one of the best licensed games to arrive in years.
  3. From the solid graphics and sound, enticing gameplay, to the great presentation, Ghostbusters fans should eat this up, and those not familiar with the movie should feel free to do so as well.
  4. Ghostbusters was almost the game we’ve spent twenty years waiting for, but it isn’t. The gameplay is just about there, the presentation is spot on, and the script has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, but the lack of cooperative play seems downright wrong.
  5. Despite some of the flaws the game has I had a really great time going through it.
  6. Despite some drawbacks, this satisfying adventure is just what you'd want from a Ghostbusters game: it's funny and it's fun.
  7. Perhaps most baffling to me about my experience with Ghostbusters: The Video Game is, as problematic as I found the single-player experience, how much I found myself enjoying the multiplayer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Feb 18, 2014
    10
    What a game, a real blast!! nice to have all the original character voices in the game, bill murray is a legend.
    controls are good and really
    liked the story with old and new ghouls. i recommend this game to everyone who like to blast ghosts... Expand
  2. May 30, 2013
    10
    I waited 25yrs for this game, an it was well worth the wait. The creators Terminal Reality put A LOT of love into this game, you can tell that they're a huge fan of Ghostbusters. It's definitely the best film-adaptation game ever created, and it's one of my top 3 games EVER! (an i've been gaming since i was 5 in 1985, so i've been around since gaming began) 99% of the cast of the Ghostbusters film voice themselves within the game and the story ties in with the first film and adds extra depth to the film. For instance the old lady in library at the start of the film, in the film she's just 'there' and you don't know why, but the game adds her and gives her a whole backstory. In the film Louis mentions a 'Giant Thor' like creature, but you never get to see it, well in the game you do! Everything ties in pretty well and it's more like the 3rd film they never made. It's also pretty funny. Graphics wise it's pretty good, especially all the neons, ghosts and character models, they look fantastic. it really makes the colours on your HDTV pop like no other. Gameplays great and the ghosts and locations are very varied, you also get to visit plenty of the places from the film. Catching and hooking ghosts is fun an never gets repetative. When you hook a ghost with your proton an try wrestle it to the trap, it feels just like catching a fish an trying to bring it in. There are also 3 other cool guns that achieve different things. Each gun has 2 different modes, so you essentially get 8 different guns to play around with and have to figure out whens best to use them and you will need certain guns at certain times. You can also buy all kinds of upgrades as you go along. If your a fan this is a must buy, then if your not a fan it's still worth getting as it's just so original and fun. Hoping i won't have to wait another 25yrs for a sequel! Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2013
    10
    Ever since i sat in the classroom watching Ghostbusters the film on the last day of school Christmas 1986, i dreamed of this game and waited patiently for it for 23yrs. Firing it up Christmas day 2009 was one of my fondest gaming memories, it looks so cool and was so much nostalgic fun, it was everything i had hoped for and then some. It's the best film-adaptation game out there, a real love letter to Ghostbusters fans, you can tell the developers are Ghostbusters fans by how much love and attention they put into this game. And all those neon graphics really make your HDTV pop. Well worth the 23yr wait. Fingers crossed the same team make a new next gen version. Expand
  4. Apr 3, 2011
    9
    I adored this game. As a Ghostbusters fan boy i loved the original voice overs and the great new plot. It's full of easter eggs like dancing toasters and loudmouth Vigo paintings. It was seriously the most fun 3rd person shooter I've ever played. Lassoing ghosts feels great and I feel I even better understand the movies and cartoons after playing this. You will beat it in one week so rent it to see if you like it but i'm sure you will. The multiplayer is fun as well.

    If you are even vaguely interested buy it now. It may not be perfectly programmed the game froze up once or twice due to a ghost stuck in a wall but it was still **** brilliant you don't mind starting over if you lose the level cause it's so much damn fun. Buy it. NOW!
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  5. Jul 31, 2011
    9
    This is one of the only movie licensed games that is actually brilliant, thankfully because it wasn't tied to a forthcoming movie they had time to actually develop it. As a result the final game is a brilliant homage to the first two films and a real treat for Ghostbusters fans, giving the player control of the "Rookie" as opposed to the original 4 (Ray, Peter, Egon and Winston) is a good idea. In this way players are able to interact with the Ghostbusters and enjoy the banter between them, gameplay is massively enjoyable and after a small learning curve, Ghostbusting becomes second nature. The proton pack has received an overhaul and as the game progresses, players will unlock new add-on functions thanks to Egon and Ray's research into Proton technology. The Proton pack also acts as the HUD meaning that the screen is left clear of UI, allowing you to feel more like you are playing what is essentially the 3rd movie. The story is written by Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis is very well done and feels 100% genuine Ghostbusters, this also filters through to the PKE meter which acts as your in-game spirit guide with lots of information on different spook types, and also acts as the upgrade device for your proton pack. Multiplayer is great fun especially teaming up with friends to catch ghosts, but in my opinion is the only place the game falls down. Everything in the Singleplayer is done so right, but the game missed the one opportunity that would have made it a 10 out of 10 and that is having co-op in the campaign. If not 4 player then at least 2-player co-op would have been brilliant. Griping aside this is still an awesome game and if you have any interest in Ghostbusters at all, then definitely pick it up. Bustin' never felt so good. Expand
  6. Apr 1, 2011
    8
    Actually better than what I thought it was going to be. A lot of fan service, actual moments of genuine comedy. Though at times the difficulty spike went from breezy easy to outright teeth gnashing. But all in all a good game. Expand
  7. Apr 14, 2012
    6
    Let me make this clear; I loved the story of this game. Everything about it spot on to what I expected and more. every piece of detail oozes with fanfare, with call backs to the movies scattered in every corner of the game. This game is truly as close as a fan can get to Ghostbusters 3. However, as a game, Ghostbusters gets old very quickly. Every encounter shortly becomes copy and pasted form the tutorials for every weapon, and players will find themselves jsut wanting fights to end so they can get more story. Don;t get me wrong, every Ghostbuster should get this game, but they should aim for the bargain bin. Expand

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