I’ve been enjoying a bit of a Ghostbuster renaissance lately, all started off by playing the demo of the Ghostbusters game on Xbox Live. I ended up downloading the movie from iTunes* and loved re-watching it. It was the first film I ever saw. Well, most of it. My mum would cover my eyes at the scary bits so I missed a fair bit of the storyline!
In true geek style, I also decided to see whether you can get replica Proton Packs. You can, but they cost around £1000!
But anyway, this is supposed to be a review of the Ghostbusters game on xbox360, so let’s get on with it.
Ghostbusters sees you, as a new recruit, being shown the ropes of busting when a huge paranormal event takes place and pretty much throws you in at the deep end. Your induction takes a back seat and you’re straight out doing what the Ghostbusters do best! It’s a great start to the game. When I play something new I need to be shown how to play (does anyone ever read the game manual?) but also want to get to the good stuff as quickly as possible. Ghostbusters manages to do both very well, moving quickly from introduction to on-the-job training.
The game mechanics are pretty simple. Some ghosts can simply be destroyed by shooting them. Some are susceptible to the different types of beam your proton pack can produce, and you’ll find out their particular weakness by scanning them with your PKE meter. By far the most fun, though, are the ghosts you must trap in the “traditional” way… weakening them by any means possible, then getting a capture stream on them. Stun your target by slamming them into walls, floor or ceiling and then get them into the ghost trap. I absolutely loved this and was a wee bit disappointed by the number of ghosts that you could defeat without trapping them.
There are some brilliant set-piece moments throughout the game, like battling the Marshmallow Man, and quite a few jumpy moments too. I’ll admit that I’m not good with scary games but the horror in Ghostbusters fits with the film’s comedy genre… it’s jumpy but ultimately not going to give you nightmares.
Ghostbusters is fun to play whether you’re a fan of the films or not, but I have to say that if you are a fan it adds an extra nostalgic angle that makes it brilliant. I kept firing the proton stream just to hear the sound and it was great to be able to play at being a Ghostbuster, even just for a little while.
My recommendation? This one’s a buy it!