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The Ghostbusters are back in Ghostbusters: The Video Game! With Manhattan overrun once more by ghosts and other supernatural creatures, gamers take the role of a new recruit joining 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.
The real Ghostbusters return in this videogame sequel to the Ghostbusters movies. Stars Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray reunite to reprise their roles as Spengler, Stantz, Zeddmore and Venkman. Supporting the ghost busting crew are the talents of Annie Potts, Brian Doyle Murray and William Atherton.
Note: Game not supported past Windows Vista.
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But as for the game... well it's a surprisingly great single player experience that puts you in the role of a new Ghostbusters recruit whose job it is to test all the new gadgets that the other Ghostbusters come up with. The game has some pretty good level variety and has many callbacks to the original movies. Each actor is represented well in their roles and get equal time in the game. You do feel like you are the 5th Ghostbuster.
Graphics are still good, despite this being almost a 4 year old game now. Some of the character animation does look a bit stiff though, but that can be excusable. The voice acting is respectable and the game using music directly lifted from the movies. The game play is also really solid and the proton pack shooting mechanics work really well. There are also some other neat play mechanics like the slime tether gun and proton grappling gun. The game takes roughly eight or so hours on average to complete from start to finish. Which is a good length for a cinematic game like this.
The only complaint I have is that the ending felt a bit sloppy, and some story elements felt a little tacked on, like Alyssa Milano's character for example. But the adventure through the game does make up for these downfalls. The PC version also apparently lacks the multilayer components of the console games, but this is not really a big deal if you are expecting a single player experience only.
If you like Ghostbusters, or are looking for something a little different from all the ego centric/ first person shooter/ military shooters out there, then this may be a good choice for you.
Game play wise, Ghost Busters doesn't truly have a large satisfying feel to it upon capturing Ghosts, but it's also not disagreeable either in terms of engagement and combat. Environmental puzzles and unique gadget based events freshen the experience, and for the life of me the voice acting and dialogue just cracks me up. Certainly that is where the main talent lies within this game. It's the clever writing and engaging story that brings GhostBusters up from the depths of a film and into an invigorating story.
Alongside the main story line players can also upgrade their own gear and devices, find hidden collectables, and have a few flashes of memorabilia from past Ghost Buster's Films littered around the corner. If you've hesitated on this title or maybe it's been a few years and you didn't think it was worth it, take it from a GhostBuster fan, it's worth the try and worth the buy.
I will say that I prefer the PC version, but mainly because I havespent more time playing PC games over platform. Its more an issue of familiar controler styles.
Great hame; and if you're someone who has longed for a 3rd Ghostbusters movie, you definitely want to play this game.
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