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Ghostbusters the Video Game

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

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Date of Review:  November 27, 2012
Format Reviewed:   Xbox 360
Language / Country of Origin:   English / USA
Online Capability:  PS3 and Xbox 360 versions offer online multiplayer.  Wii offers multiplayer in split-screen mode.
Prequels: Ghostbusters, The Real Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Extreme Ghostbusters: Code Ecto-I.
Sequels: Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime.
Equipment Needed: None needed.
Maintenance Required:  None required.

Review:

Plot:
In this game, you are a rookie para-psychologist ghost-hunter in hot pursuit of vigilante ghosts throughout Manhattan.  The game takes place after the second Ghostbusters movie on Thanksgiving Day, 1991.  The Ghostbusters are now official city contractors, and when a large PKE shockwave disrupts the city, they are sent out to capture escaped ghosts (including Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man).  Their problems really start when they return from their Thanksgiving Day adventures and find their ghost containment unit has been purged.  The Ghostbusters suspect that Ivo Shandor (the architect who designed the building at 55 Central Park West which was used to summon Gozer in the first Ghostbusters movie) is responsible for releasing the ghosts in the containment unit because Shandor wishes to take Gozer’s place as a God himself.  The Ghostbusters must fight Shandor in his “Destructor” form, a Satanic entity called “The Architect,” in order to save Manhattan from falling into Gozer’s domain.

Cultural / Historical Value:
Ghostbusters: The Video Game, according to the Ghostbusters’ star Dan Aykroyd, is essentially the third movie in the Ghostbusters series.  It takes place just after the events of Ghostbusters II. Many of the original cast members of the Ghostbusters movies were involved with the game’s development and are featured within it, including Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, William Atherton, Annie Potts, and Max von Sydow.  Ghostbusters: the video game has been nominated for and won numerous awards.

Teaching / Learning Characteristics:
This game is based off of the Ghostbusters movies and is intended purely for entertainment purposes.  However, there are a fair amount of complex puzzles that require critical thinking to solve.  Finally, as with most titles, Ghostbusters: The Video Game requires steady hand-eye coordination.

Replay Value:  

Ghostbusters: The Video Game has moderate replayability, due to its fast paced action and multiple difficulty settings (rookie, experienced, and professional).  Those wanting to increase their skills at the game can keep playing it at the various levels.  The title also offers multi-player modes for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii – increasing the life of the title.

Likely Audiences:
Obviously, fans of the first two Ghostbusters movies should give this title a look.  General science fiction fans may find something to enjoy in this game.  Players who like third-person shooters also might enjoy Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

Overall Score:
85/100

Other Reviews:
1up.com
Gamerankings
Gamespot
Metacritic
Mobygames

 

About the Author:
Ben Bigalke
is an avid traveler, bicycle enthusiast, lover of animals and video gamer extraordinaire.  He grew up taking the stories and virtues told by the Nintendo of his childhood to heart.  As an adult, he continues to appreciate the entertainment and learning experiences that videogames offer and studies the technological and artistic advancements they have made throughout his lifetime.  As a videogame reviewer, he enjoys both observing and experiencing the cultural impact that these games have on his generation.

Awards

Award Giver Category Verdict
Spike Video Game Awards 2009Best Cast Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2009Best Game Based On A Movie/TV Show Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2009Best Performance by a Human Male
(Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman)
Nominee
Canadian Video Game Awards 2010In-Game Cinematic Winner
Interactive Achievement Awards 2010Outstanding Achievement in Adapted Story Nominee

Additional Info

ESRB Description:
Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language

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