When something’s strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! If you now have the song playing in your head then Ghostbusters: The Videogame might be for you.
The game has you play as the Ghostbusters’ new rookie but overall the story really isn’t about you. It is mainly about the 4 original Ghostbusters who each lent their voice and likeness to the game and the world they inhabit. The Stay Puft marshmallow man, Sedgewick hotel, and Slimer are just some of the many callbacks to the two movies. The inclusion of all these callbacks can give the story a pandering to nostalgia feel at some times but that’s okay because the writers, again the same people from the movies, mostly use them as things to expand upon.
As a Ghostbuster you are equipped with all of the standard gadgets including the proton pack and PKE meter which you will use to bust ghosts in a multitude of indoor, outdoor, and multidimensional areas. Money that you collect throughout the game by catching ghosts can be used to add upgrades to the proton pack giving you a variety of ways to deal with each threat though it usually comes down to blasting a ghost with a proton stream until it is weak enough to be captured in the trap. This process does get repetitive at times but thankfully boss battles and environmental puzzles come around just often enough to keep the gameplay interesting.
The game’s presentation tends to be all over the place. The CG cut scenes looks amazing but the rest of the game doesn’t hold up to that standard. The in game models are decent and if you are like me that won’t bother you much since you will be too distracted with destroying the hundreds of items, furniture, light fixtures etc. that are strung through the games environments. Unfortunately in-game rendered cut scenes don’t allow you to destroy things so you are stuck looking at its mediocrity. The soundtrack of the movie is also borrowed by the game and although it is great it wasn’t meant to carry an 8 hour game so you’ll be hearing the same tracks often.
While a 3rd Ghostbusters movie may not ever come to life Ghostbusters: The Videogame may be the next best thing. Through this game I was able to come to the realization that busting makes me feel good!