Written by  :  lights out 10000 (12701)
Written on  :  Feb 23, 2017
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

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Summary

The "game" is not why you should play this

The Good

Script and dialogue by original Ghostbusters creators Great performances by original Ghostbuster cast

The Bad

The actual game is very run-of-the-mill Not very interesting ghost designs

The Bottom Line

During the years there have been maybe 15-20 Ghostbusters games, and probably only two worthwhile ones. This is one of them.

There's two reasons why you would play this game - 1) the script by original Ghostbusters writers and cast Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. 2) The original cast - sadly lacking Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver - does a stellar job and this is one of the rare cases when the cutscenes are actually better than the game.

The game itself is passable - a very cookie-cutter late-00's third person shooter - never bad enough to get frustrating but neither really exciting. There are a couple of interesting weapons, but largely the "game" is forgettable. Interestingly there's no cover mechanic, but the game is probably better without it.

It was criticized at launched for it's short-ish length - around 5 to 7 hours depending on your thoroughness - but in this case it's actually a good thing. This let's you enjoy the script without the gameplay getting too boring.

Sadly the game is lacking in interesting visuals, the freakish ghost designs being one of the appeals of the original movies. The Mega Drive game did a better job of having interesting ghost- and environment designs.

Especially after the catastrophic Paul Feig-helmed movie remake, I would strongly recommend this game to any degree of Ghostbusters fan, despite the actual gameplay being largely uninteresting. It could probably have been even better if it was a movie and not a game, but with the death of Harold Ramis that won't happen. Play it and enjoy the ride, just don't expect the actual gameplay to be rememberable.