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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 varietyThe 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  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. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  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: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. LozzyC
    Jul 10, 2009
    10
    Absolute blast! I was excited for this game and got it imported from the US (damn Sony and their Europe PS3 tripe!!!) and I must say I am not Absolute blast! I was excited for this game and got it imported from the US (damn Sony and their Europe PS3 tripe!!!) and I must say I am not disapointed one bit. Great game, good story (beats oblivion/fallout 3 which are shockingly poor) and the graphics are charming, especially the little details that have gone into it. I'd recommend this game to anyone who loved Ghostbusters as a kid. Expand
  2. MichaelB
    Jun 16, 2009
    10
    To me this game really delivered a great third chapter to Ghostbusters. Great voice work and a fun game. My kids have never watched To me this game really delivered a great third chapter to Ghostbusters. Great voice work and a fun game. My kids have never watched Ghostbusters before and in the hour that they player it so far they are already hooked! Expand
  3. DanielC
    Jun 22, 2009
    10
    Any Ghostbusters Fan's wet dream. I think this, in my opinion, as well as being an amazing game, is probably the best Film to game Any Ghostbusters Fan's wet dream. I think this, in my opinion, as well as being an amazing game, is probably the best Film to game transfer I've ever played too. Something makes me feel all warm and fuzzy every time I trap a ghost, and I'm still not tired of doing it - Time for some replay! Expand
  4. KeithHellmann
    Jun 16, 2009
    9
    For any ghostbuster fan this is a dream come true. Wrangling ghosts into traps and then having peter or ray telling witty jokes. I very much For any ghostbuster fan this is a dream come true. Wrangling ghosts into traps and then having peter or ray telling witty jokes. I very much enjoyed the game. True there are some problems, such as the rag doll physics, but it is nothing to get past. It is definitely a must try! Expand
  5. RussellB.
    Jun 16, 2009
    9
    I got this today, and it's a BLAST. It's fan service that really delivers. Having 90% of the original cast come back really makes I got this today, and it's a BLAST. It's fan service that really delivers. Having 90% of the original cast come back really makes this game feel like the 3rd movie. But remember, don't cross the streams! Expand
  6. 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 dancingI 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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  7. DavidC
    Feb 22, 2010
    4
    Total disappointment. I've now given up trying to finish it. Enemies are cheap, NPC AI is borderline retarded and having to depend on Total disappointment. I've now given up trying to finish it. Enemies are cheap, NPC AI is borderline retarded and having to depend on them (which the game forces you to) is a nightmare, controls are stiff and sluggish and the difficulty spikes are ridiculous. The game will go from tediously easy to insanely hard and back again for no apparent reason. The whole thing is desperately lacking in fun and enjoyment. Beating a level or boss is met only with a feeling of relief rather than satisfaction. The levels themselves are suffocatingly linear with invisible walls everywhere and no sense of exploration. We get get the odd puzzle here and there, but nothing genuinely challenging. The only reason I didn't rate it lower is because the high production values and the game is especially pretty on Xbox 360 with some genuinely imaginative and vivid environments and creatures. I won't go so far as to say that the script and cutscenes are great. Sure, the voice cast do their best, but the script leaves a lot to be desired compared to the quality of the Ghostbusters movies and the laughs are few and far between. Even a Ghostbusters fan wouldn't be missing out on much by avoiding this game. Some may even feel the Ghostbusters canon has been slightly tarnished by this game. Peter Venkman has gone from the cheeky wisecracker with a soft spot for one lady to a downright letch who slavers over girls less than half his age and Janine has gone from being a nerdy receptionist to a dumb receptionist. The bottom line is, Ghostbusters is no fun. Expand

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