Ghostbusters: The Video Game Review
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Ghostbusters: The Video Game box art
System: DS, X360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Red Fly Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Atari 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Jun. 16, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good
You May Become Dispirited
by Cole Smith

Ghostbusters has been a hit movie, a hit song, and a hit cartoon show. Perhaps the axiom “third time’s a charm,” is true, as this franchise has never been a great video game. Some things are just better left dead.

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Ghostbusters for the DS is a decent effort, but it falls short. It’s not perfect, nor is it much fun in the long run. It’s a textbook example of a product failing to realize its potential. It’s obvious that this franchise has been milked to a powder. No more ectoplasm to suckle off this dead cash cow’s teat. What makes things even more unsettling is that the original writers of the movie were commissioned to pen the storyline for this game. Granted you won’t get to appreciate the full effect of their effort on the DS, but let’s just say that it’s obvious that their best writing days are behind them. I’m talking about Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd. It’s the same tired old premise with a few new gags, gadgets, and ghosts added. The developers may have been better off with younger talent more in-tune to gaming.

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But, let’s not let the developers off the hook. This game has some nagging flaws. There are control issues, especially control response, and also the clumsy vehicle. The stylus is over-extended in its use, resulting in some awkward cross-handed finagling that can cost you some hits. Enemies often attack from off-screen making it almost impossible to protect your character from taking a few hits. The top-down, isometric camera angle, used in a lot of classic RPGs, does not always afford the best perspective. The draw distance can be very limited when driving. Changing characters is a pain, and upgrades really don’t seem to make much of a difference in most missions.

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Despite these flaws, the game is not unplayable, it’s just more frustrating than need be. It’s unpolished, and it seems like a slight if you’ve paid full price for it. That’s why I’m going to recommend this instantly as a rental. A day or two with the ‘Busters is more than enough, and you won’t feel too dispirited having parted with money better spent elsewhere. There’s not a lot of replay value here either, so be forewarned.

Ghostbusters is an action RPG hybrid. You will take control of the four main characters from the movie. The console versions include a fifth playable character that is essentially you. As in true RPG fashion, you will tackle various quests and missions, leveling-up each character. Increasing skills, attributes, and weapons is accomplished by completing various side-missions, collecting items, and destroying enemies. In this case, evil entities will have to be zapped, vacuumed, and trapped, just like old times.

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Events take place in the haunted metropolis of Manhattan – again. Various ghosts, demons, and assorted monstrosities are running amok, panicking the population, and threatening to destroy the city. The giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is back. Other Ghostbusters staples include the famous proton packs, the Ecto-1 Ghostbusters mobile, and, of course, the theme song. You’ll hear that damn theme song every time you hop into the Ecto-1. It’s obviously tuned to Ghostbusters FM, “Playing Ghostbusters, all day, all night, and all day and all night again, and again…” Fortunately, you can turn the song off; and you will.

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