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Ghostbusters: The Video Game

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
77
3.9
Windows
76
4.0
Xbox 360
80
4.3
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Description

Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Have you experienced feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, specter or ghost? If the answer is yes then don't wait another minute, pick up the phone and call the professionals...GHOSTBUSTERS!!!

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is the first game in almost 20 years based on the Ghostbusters universe and features the actual voices of the original cast: Bill Murray (Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz), Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler) and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), as well as Annie Potts, who reprises her role as Janine Melnitz, and William Atherton, reprising his role as Walter Peck, the team's nemesis from the first film. It also features the soundtrack from the first two films, as composed by the late Elmer Bernstein.

The story (written by Aykroyd and Ramis) takes place in 1991, two years after the Ghostbusters vanquished Vigo and prevented him from taking over the world. Since then, the Ghostbusters have been overrun by the increasing number of spirits appearing in the city and has decided to add a fifth member to the team. This is where the player will step in, taking the place of the nameless "new cadet" of the Ghostbusters, hired to test Egon's new experimental equipment.

Just as the "new cadet" is being initiated into the Ghostbusters, all hell breaks loose in the city as a massive amount of spirit energy has threatened to tear New York apart and it is up to the player along with his new employers to stop a familiar menace. The player will follow the Ghostbusters as they travel through familiar locales and fight familiar enemies including Slimer and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man using authentic equipment including the famous proton pack and spirit traps to catch the many ghosts swarming throughout the stages. To do so the player must use the proton beam to wear down the ghost and once it gets weak enough, the beam will automatically latch onto the spirit and the player must set out a trap and guide the ghost towards it and keep it from escaping.

There is also new equipment to be used that can be unlocked during later levels as well as being able to upgrade equipped items by acquiring money for catching and destroying ghosts (however money is also deducted for the amount of destruction the player causes on each level). The player can also use the P.K.E. meter to track spirits, as well as scan various objects, ghosts and residue left behind to fill in the Tobin Spirit Guide. The slime cannon from the second film is also present which is used to free possessed people, allowing the player to safely catch ghosts without harming the person.

The story is told through both pre-rendered and in-game cutscenes and differs from its Wii and PS2 iterations which features more of a cartoonish look and feel to the overall game. There are also online multiplayer modes that allow players to meet up with friends online and team up.

Screenshots

Ghostbusters: The Video Game PlayStation 3 You can check the spirit guide if you don't know how to vanquish certain type of ghost.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game PlayStation 3 The big Stay Puff is coming very close.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game PlayStation 3 Introduction.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game PlayStation 3 Loading screen plays video with some tips and the original Ghostbusters theme song.

Alternate Titles

  • "魔鬼剋星" -- Taiwan spelling
  • "S.O.S. Fantômes: Le Jeu Vidéo" -- French title
  • "Los Cazafantasmas: El Videojuego" -- Spanish title
  • "Ghostbusters 3" -- Common title

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User Reviews

That's a big Twinkie. PlayStation 3 Big John WV (25273)
The Best Way To Not Be Afraid of Ghosts. Xbox 360 Guy Chapman (1744)
“Ray, when someone asks you if you are a God, you say yes!” Xbox 360 MasterMegid (897)

The Press Says

Play Magazine PlayStation 3 Jun 12, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution Windows Jun 12, 2009 B+ 83
Pelaajalehti PlayStation 3 Jun 03, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Xbox 360 Jun 15, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PSX Extreme PlayStation 3 Jun 25, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy PlayStation 3 Jun 16, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 Jun, 2009 3.9 out of 5 78
VicioJuegos.com PlayStation 3 Jun 08, 2009 78 out of 100 78
411mania.com Xbox 360 Jun 26, 2009 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Player (Denmark) Windows Jan, 2010 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Development

  • Sigourney Weaver was originally approached to reprise her role of Dana Barrett, but turned down the proposal. However, she later learned that Bill Murray was involved with the project and was interested, but by that time development was too far in that she couldn't be included. As a result, her character was written out of the script and instead replaced by another love interest voiced by Alyssa Milano.
  • Bill Murray agreed to reprise his role as Peter Venkman under the one condition that each Ghostbuster would receive equal screen time.

References

The game Q*Bert is one of the arcade games found in the Ghostbuster's rec room. Interacting with the game results in the Q*Bert theme being played. There is also a pinball machine, which appears to be based on Nocturne, another game by Terminal Reality. It features the main screen of the game, with the full moon, but it cannot be activated.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2009 - The Reunited (and It Feels So Good) Award
Information also contributed by Guy Chapman and MasterMegic

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