Ghost Rider Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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Gamesmania.de (Mar 01, 2007)
Für den schnellen Zock zwischendurch ist Ghost Rider schon geeignet und weit davon entfernt, als absoluter Lizenzschrott bezeichnet zu werden. Allerdings hatte ich bereits nach zwei Stunden das Gefühl, dass da nicht mehr viel kommen kann. Alle Spezialangriffe waren längst frei geschaltet, die Shotgun auf die höchste Stufe ausgebaut und der Lebensbalken fast so lang wie der Bildschirm. Die Spielzeit ist daher ziemlich enttäuschend und wenn man dann noch bedenkt, dass man die Wege, die bis zum Elementar führen, wieder zurück muss, dann überkommt einen doch das Gefühl, dass hier wenig Substanz vorzufinden ist. Schaut euch den gelungenen Film an und wenn ihr dann noch die unbedingte Lust verspürt, selbst den Ghost Rider zu lenken, dann leiht euch das Spiel aus. An einem Wochenende solltet ihr locker durch sein.
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games xtreme (Mar 07, 2007)
Ghost Rider doesn't raise the bar. It borrows shamelessly from some great games and ideas, it doesn't quite mesh them quite right but is still at the end of the day...a fun game!
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Meristation (Feb 16, 2007)
El espíritu de la venganza cabalga como nunca en su primera incursión como protagonista absoluto de un videojuego. Al más puro estilo Devil May Cry, el alter-ego de Johnny Blaze nos muestra que aprovechar una licencia fílmica puede llegar a producir un juego sumamente correcto.
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I cannot stress enough how nakedly Ghost Rider rips off God of War. The controls are exactly the same (with the exception of the slightly different special moves). The upgrade system is nearly identical. The combat feels incredibly similar, except that it’s somewhat laggier and less responsive. None of the exceedingly minor variances from the God of War formula make an appreciable difference. Only the Hellbike levels differ in any meaningful way, and those are leagues worse than the shockingly derivative main game anyway.
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PSX Extreme (May 05, 2007)
But in our opinion, Ghost Rider is one of those instances where the overall product is greater than the sum of its parts. Not much greater, mind you, but it might satisfy fans of both the movie and the comic book. It's fast-paced, it's accessible enough, there are plenty of moves for the casual gamer, and it's got plenty of unlockable fanservice extras. You can unlock concept art, the Making of Ghost Rider, full comic book editions, and you'll even be able to play as Blade once you complete the main quest with Ghost Rider. Blade has his own assortment of weapons and moves, too. Therefore, while it certainly isn't what we'd call a good action game, it does hold some simplistic and juvenile appeal. And sometimes, that's all we really want for an hour or two. It's too bad that they had to steal just about everything, and the problems continued to mount up with every passing level...ah well, the search for a top-notch movie-turned-game continues.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Feb 16, 2007)
Ghost Rider accroche, appâte le chaland mais n'arrive pas à le retenir. Profitant d'une bonne réalisation et de quelques idées sympathiques, à défaut d'être originales, le produit de Climax est parfaitement calibré mais a complètement oublié de peaufiner sa progression qui s'enlise dans des débordements apathiques qui finiront par lasser le plus Blazé des joueurs.
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The Video Game Critic (Mar 20, 2007)
This PS2 version is far more enjoyable than its PSP cousin, if only because the controller is far more condusive to button mashing. It's mindless fun, and for fans of the movie there's plenty of bonus material to unlock, including film clips, interviews, and comic-book stories.
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4Players.de (Mar 03, 2007)
Wenn es God of War sowie diverse Devil May Crys nicht gäbe, dann stünde Ghost Rider vielleicht recht gut da - abgesehen davon, dass es in diesem Fall nicht existieren würde. Aber so ist es leider ein ziemlich blutleeres, gnadenlos abgekupfert wirkendes Einerlei, das es nicht geschafft hat, die faszinierenden Aspekte seiner Vorbilder in Spiel zu retten. Stattdessen köcheln Johnny Blazes Abenteuer eher auf verhaltener Emotionsflamme daher, das Spiel macht nichts richtig falsch, aber eben auch nichts so richtig richtig. Ein höchst durchschnittliches Action-Gekloppe, das man sich geben kann, wenn man unbedingt alles von Marvel gespielt haben muss. Oder wenn man auf der PSP etwas God of War-Feeling haben will.
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Softpedia (Feb 28, 2007)
2k Games have done a terrific job... a copy-paste job that ripped off God of War's gameplay elements mixed them with Devil May Cry features, added a bit of Onimusha and salt and came up with a half-baked title. The hero may have a flaming skull, but we, the gamers will be the ones flaming the producers for their initiative. However, this game can become an aperitif before the release of God of War 2, since it brings back what most gamers loved about the original GOW game.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (Feb 24, 2007)
If you have the sort of disposable income that allows you to spend thirty quid on a short-lived and rather bland diversion, or if you have an intensely adolescent fondness for flames, skulls and chains, then I dare say you'll find Ghost Rider to be 'not that bad'. And it's not. Not in the grand scheme of things. But nor is it the sort of game that deserves your time, money or a score higher than five. Besides, Moon Knight could totally beat Ghost Rider in a fight.
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GameSpy (Feb 20, 2007)
Ultimately, Ghost Rider can only ride the waves of successful series for so long before its own shortcomings drag it to the middle of the heap. The level design and longevity just isn't there to make this more than a rental or a bargain-big pick-up -- especially with God of War II's release closing fast. This rider is anything but the leader of the pack.
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Eurogamer.de (Mar 08, 2007)
An meiner Antipathie gegenüber dem Gothic-Racheengel ändern die reichlichen Dreingaben freilich nichts. Ebenso wenig wie Climax‘ ungenierter Raubzug durch‘s antike Griechenland. Wenn man sich das Nötigste abschaut, Standards erfüllt, aber keinerlei Spritzigkeit oder Spannung aufbaut, hat man letzten Endes nicht unbedingt ein himmelschreiend schlechtes Spiel auf die Beine gestellt. Sehr wohl aber eines, das ebenso leer und seelenlos anmutet wie die Monstren, die dem Spieler so erfolgreich auf den Geist gehen. Feuer und Flamme – wen wundert’s – wird darüber nur jemand mit Spezialinteressen.
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What is absolutely remarkable about the game is its combo system, and that is not meant as any sort of compliment. The combo meter can be built up through six levels by performing varied attacks, but the combo meter gets reset if Ghost Rider takes any damage at all. This might not be such a big deal except for the fact that some enemies have an unbreakable shield around them that can only be broken by reaching certain combo levels and then breaking the shield. This makes for one of the most frustrating gameplay mechanics ever devised, and those responsible should be forced to undergo a Penance Stare, the only thing likely to get across to them just how evil this idea was.
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411mania.com (Mar 14, 2007)
Forgettable doesn’t begin to describe this game. A game based on Ghost Rider deserves more than slapping together a derivative beat-’em-up with a flaming-skulled biker as its key character. This game is Ghost Rider in name only and stands as the grossest example of wasted potential. While Ghost Rider may avenge the blood of the innocent, the only thing I can offer to avenge the loss of cash from even renting this disc-full-of-boredom is the advice to avoid it at all costs.
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UOL Jogos (Mar 02, 2007)
"Ghost Rider" imita grandes jogos, mas não consegue captar quase nada de sua essência, aquilo que os tornam indistinguíveis e irresistíveis. Sobra um game que até diverte no começo, mas é até você perceber que tudo começa a ficar repetitivo, o que não demora a acontecer. O conteúdo é pífio e não dura mais que algumas horas para um jogador de certa vivência. É uma pena que um personagem tão interessante tenha vendido sua alma por tão pouco.
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IGN (Feb 14, 2007)
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Ghost Rider: My blog header is covered with his image, my board icon is the Spirit of Vengeance, and I often use his name when I'm playing multiplayer games. Unfortunately, this game is not what Ghost Rider fans are looking for in an action title. The combat is repetitive and clunky, the driving is horrid, and the plot is completely useless. While the game is still functional and not horrendously broken, it's not good by any stretch of the imagination, and you're not going to find yourself replaying this game after you beat it in an afternoon. If you really feel the need to play this game, definitely rent it and save the cash.
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GameSpot (Feb 15, 2007)
Though it's hard to be shocked these days when a movie-licensed game isn't quite up to snuff, Ghost Rider is legitimately surprising in just how poor a game it is. That it goes so far out of its way to usurp qualities from multiple major action adventure franchises, then proceeds to trot out the dullest, blandest beat-'em-up possible with those lifted mechanics is mind-boggling. Fans of the comic will be depressed with how poorly their favorite hero is utilized here, and fans of action adventure games won't be able to shake the feeling that they're playing a bad bootleg of games they've already played before. Indeed, Ghost Rider is ultimately just another flaming corpse to toss on the pile of failed licensed action games.