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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
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  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: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  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. Aug 4, 2016
    10
    This game is amazing, and is just like the movie in many ways.
    It is amazing to see the easter eggs while you play the game, and the single
    This game is amazing, and is just like the movie in many ways.
    It is amazing to see the easter eggs while you play the game, and the single fact that Bill Murray and folks gave their voices for this game.
    Finally this game kept something really important and it is the same writers of the original movies and it kept an original and fresh story that made me remember how much I love Ray, Winston, Egon and Venkman.
    Love you guys, 10 out of 10.
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  3. NeilV
    Jun 21, 2009
    10
    Fantastic game for anyone that loved the movies. You really do feel as if you are immersed into the third movie. The graphics are extremely Fantastic game for anyone that loved the movies. You really do feel as if you are immersed into the third movie. The graphics are extremely nice, the game sounds and voices are on par with anything I've seen on the 360 and above all else, it's just a lot of fun. The load times are a slight (but not bad enough for me to drop the score) drawback, but this feels like a very polished, extremely well done game. Expand
  4. DickieC
    Mar 25, 2010
    9
    Based on physical game play, the game didn't break any new ground. It's like an FPS with a constant machine gun. The movement Based on physical game play, the game didn't break any new ground. It's like an FPS with a constant machine gun. The movement controls can be a little wonky, especially since there is no jump (explained away by the weight of the proton pack). And forget about engaging multiple targets. The thing is this, nobody (and I mean, NOBODY) bought this game to PLAY Ghostbusters: The Video Game. No, everyone bought this game to WATCH Ghostbusters 3. And the story is inventive, imaginative, and has just the right amount of campy class to be a cult classic alongside the movies. And there are plenty of classic comic moments in this gem. If you didn't buy it new, do invest in it used. 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. TrevorG
    Jun 28, 2009
    8
    If you are a Ghostbusters franchise fan, then this one will make you very happy. The game puts you into the shoes of a rookie Ghostbuster. If you are a Ghostbusters franchise fan, then this one will make you very happy. The game puts you into the shoes of a rookie Ghostbuster. You get to play along side Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston as you battle Gozer's return. The voice acting makes you feel like you are playing a movie. Over all the gameplay is solid, not great. However, wrangling ghosts into traps is very satisfying. Tremendous movie license effort. Expand
  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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