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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: 50 out of 74
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  1. A fantastic game, and definitely what I was hoping for when I first saw those initial screenshots a while back. The capturing mechanic is fun and interesting, while at the same time being tied into familiar third person controls for shooter fans, so there's nothing here that takes a lot of time to get used to.
  2. PSM3 Magazine UK
    85
    Too short, but packed with quality and imagination. [July 2009, p.60]
  3. You don’t have to be a fan of the movies to really enjoy Ghostbusters: The Video Game but if you are you are in for a very pleasant surprise.
  4. 80
    Ghostbusters: The Video Game is absolutely a worthy third part in the Ghostbusters series. This game is definitely a must have for every Ghostbusters fan, but probably for every other gamer as well.
  5. Despite some drawbacks, this satisfying adventure is just what you'd want from a Ghostbusters game: it's funny and it's fun.
  6. Ghostbusters: The Video Game is true to the original movies in a lot of ways and manages to deliver a fun, yet somewhat shallow game experience.
  7. It’s just a shame that more wasn’t done to combat the repetitiveness as, with more variety, this could have lived up to its massive potential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. SamLightfoot
    Jun 18, 2009
    10
    OK, where do we start. Using your proton pack is exactly how I imagined it should be after watching these movies for 20 years. It's OK, where do we start. Using your proton pack is exactly how I imagined it should be after watching these movies for 20 years. It's reckless and destructive, and it catches ghosts real good. This game rocks. It has great voice work from the original cast, a cool story written by Aykroyd and Ramis, and some pretty solid gameplay. It has some online multiplayer ghost busting mayhem too. If you're a fan of the movies at all, I can hardly recommend this game enough. Expand
  2. EdV
    Jan 11, 2010
    9
    I read the reviews, and was a bit disappointed about how the game rated. Saddened, I bought it anyway and braced for a letdown, but
  3. Jul 7, 2015
    9
    When I review games, I NEVER give a 0 or a 10. A 10 means God himself would enjoy the game and a 0 means you tried to play it and your gamingWhen I review games, I NEVER give a 0 or a 10. A 10 means God himself would enjoy the game and a 0 means you tried to play it and your gaming system melted just by putting in the disc.

    So, as a Ghostbuster fan from the watching it in the theaters in the 80's I thought this game had better be good. I played other GB games and I wasn't impressed. I really loved this game. I felt part of the movie. This game plays out a good story with good graphics, pretty simple controls and lots of good fun. Great game!
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  4. BradM
    Jun 16, 2009
    8
    "Holy crap I'm playing the 3rd movie" was my 1st thought when playing this. It has some of the best writing in a video game in ages. "Holy crap I'm playing the 3rd movie" was my 1st thought when playing this. It has some of the best writing in a video game in ages. Voice acting is spot on (apart from Alyssa Milano IMO). Gameplay is tight considering the weapons you have at your disposal. Can't comment on the online play as I haven't tryed it yet. Expand
  5. TimoA
    Jan 4, 2010
    8
    A fun game overall, although gets a bit repetitive after finishing the career mode and just playing it on network with others. But trying to A fun game overall, although gets a bit repetitive after finishing the career mode and just playing it on network with others. But trying to get all the trophies will keep me going for a while. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2017
    7
    This was one of those games where nearly everything was created properly but then didn't realize it's own potential. The gameplay andThis was one of those games where nearly everything was created properly but then didn't realize it's own potential. The gameplay and graphics, even the characters and weapons were set for a much bigger game than I personally believe the developers considered feasible/could wrap their heads around. Instead we have a decent if not typical storyline (I'm not complaining) which forces your every move as you're guided along the linear path through segregated chapters... Now, that's something that works great with many games and wasn't all that bad here, either. The problem is that if this particular game wasn't so strict in it's limitations, loosened up a bit, didn't hold back so much with the systems it touched upon it could have been better. Enhance it by taking it a step further and adding RPG elements and it could have been incredible.

    To me, Ghostbusters is all about hunting ghosts. I mean, that's the whole point. Yet after the first few levels you're stuck with flying book swarms (only acceptable in Castlevania) and whatever random creatures better suit the level in a somewhat superficial way. There I was, mission after mission thinking 'where are all of the plain, old GHOSTS?'. It actually became a far less interesting game -- not to mention less fun -- when the enemies became more generic video game bad guys.

    Imagine this: you play as the newest recruit, you have definable stats including those that define a PERSONALITY for your character. Your various weapons can be further upgraded and tweaked. You respond to randomly generated calls throughout the city for currency all the while discovering clues and new leads for various quests that can take you to unique locations. Maybe even some sort of system where the public and authorities view you each affect gameplay/outcomes separately. I know that sounds like a totally different game, yet many of these ideas are already touched upon with the base game.

    Anyways, no use daydreaming. It's a shame the franchise hasn't progressively worked and gained momentum with its video games since this release.
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  7. Oct 31, 2011
    3
    I will qualify this by stating that, although I'm well old enough to remember the Ghostbusters heyday back in the early 1980's, I've alwaysI will qualify this by stating that, although I'm well old enough to remember the Ghostbusters heyday back in the early 1980's, I've always been rather lukewarm to the whole thing. The movies were okay, but nothing I wanted to see more than once. Still, I read good reviews and thought "a good game is a good game."

    Wow, was this awful. The graphics are very nice, and the story is okay, so there's no problem. It has a sense of humor and *does* play like a sequel to the previous films, so if you're an absolute Ghostbusters fan, this may be for you.

    The problem is with the gameplay. Catching those things is an absolute chore. I read one professional review where the critic said he "couldn't tell me how much fun it was" to catch and trap the ghosts, and I can only presume he's never played a game that wasn't made for the Atari 2600 prior to this. The actual mechanics of catching and trapping the ghosts is like trying to catch flies with a fishing rod and is about as much fun. Which, is to say, not at all. And that's the main point of the game.

    I suppose it *does* give you the feeling of what it would be like to be a Ghostbuster. Sadly, it turns out that being a Ghostbuster isn't fun at all.
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