Ghostbusters: The Video Game

The game takes place in 1991 and puts you in the shoes of a new recruit who joins the Ghostbusters

Atari Australia Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • Atari Australia Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • Atari Australia Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • Atari Australia Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Catching ghosts just feels right, engaging multiplayer options, snazzy special effects, environmental destruction

Cons

  • Repetitive, mentally challenged teammate AI, some dull environments, disappointing dialogue

Bottom Line

Though I was ultimately somewhat disappointed by the flawed and fundamentally repetitive nature of my time as a green recruit, Ghostbusters' tight online component renewed my long-term enthusiasm for slam-dunking slimers. Now I just need to figure out how to get Ray Parker, Jr.'s theme song out of my head.

Would you buy this?

I was a little kid when the Ghostbusters movie came out and I went nuts for it. If it was playing in a theater, I snuck in to see it. If a friend's family rented the video, I invited myself over for an extended stay. I quoted dialogue lines and sang along with the theme song. So it wouldn't surprise you to hear that the prospect of actually joining the team set my inner ten-year-old loose like he's on a sugar bender. Sadly, Ghostbusters: The Video Game doesn't quite live up to my childhood fantasies but it's still a solid game that manages to capture at least some of the magic.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

That starts with the game world that the developers have created. The game takes place in New York and everywhere you look you'll find little touches that hearken back to the movie. The major players have all returned -- no Rick Moranis or Sigourney Weaver, though -- to give voice to their slightly awkward 3D caricature counterparts, and everything from the proton pack on your back to the ECTO-1 is recreated in detail.

The game takes place in 1991 and puts you in the shoes of a new recruit who joins the Ghostbusters. The Natural History Museum is set to unveil an exhibit dedicated to the wrathful god Gozer; as you can expect, things go awry and one enormous wave of energy later, New York City is once again crawling with ghouls, ghosts, and other things that are far stranger. After getting a lesson from Ray on the basics of how to "zap 'em, cap 'em, and trap 'em", it's onto the main goal: ridding the world of paranormal evil.

Reel Them In

Grappling ghosts into submission in Ghostbusters is the supernatural equivalent of bass fishing, with a brightly colored particle stream instead of a hook and line. As I struggle with "hooked" spirits, my slam gauge fills, which enables me to hurtle the lassoed entities into hard surfaces with the flick of a trigger. For a while, the whole process looks and feels wonderful, despite the occasional drop in frame-rate, and I come to fancy myself an urban ranger at a paranormal rodeo. Still, I perform this same dance with my opponents countless times over the six or seven hours it takes to complete the solo-only campaign, and I'd be lying if I said it never got repetitive.

Ghostbusters stirs in some interesting ideas, but doesn't build them up enough to stave off monotony entirely. You'll track down haunted artifacts and scan troublemakers with the PKE Meter, but constant reminders of when to do so kill any sense of sleuthing. New weapons appear at predetermined points, but their effects seem subdued. For instance, the Stasis Stream promises to slow down creeps, but in practice seems effective only against golems and select bosses. There are fun possibilities, like using Slime Tethers to rubber-band spectres into traps, but they're always less practical than hosing the floaters down with the blast stream.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

PC World Evaluation Team Review - MSI GT75 TITAN

"I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it."

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?