If you're Ghostbusters' fan, then you must get this game. If you're not... well, watch the movies first and get back here, if you became one of.Story
Story is written by Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis (Ray & Egon), so expect 100% authenticity and relation with both Ghostbusters movies. Many think, including myself, this game as Ghostbusters 3 movie. 10/10Sound
Ghostbusters' voices performed by original actors themselves: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis. Classic dialogues, jokes etc.
Same theme song by Ray Parker Jr.
Same sounds of proton packs, traps, Ecto-1.
What can be better?.. NOTHING!10/10Graphics
Game is almost 5 years old now, so it is hard to judge. When you are first time launching the game, picture looks ♥♥♥♥ty. But when you get used to it, you start to find artwork really beautiful.
Especially I like character design. You see Peter Venkman on the screen and you believe he is Bill Murray. Don't know, maybe it is more due to voice acting and classic dialogues, but even if game graphics doesn't make it feel better, then at least it doesn't make it worse.
Graphical effects are primitive, but look nice. Same as in movie.
Good artwork but lowres. Is this due to age or bad engine's optimization that lead to detail cuts?8/10
. Bring HD textures and I'll give 10.Gameplay
Why I put gameplay to the end? Because this game should be treated more as a movie rather than as a game. There are a lot of cut-scenes in the game. I would say even more: there are some cut-gameplay put inside a movie. Don't get me wrong - this is a good thing. First because those cut-scenes are interesting to watch, especially if you're Ghostbusters fan like I am. Seconds, the gameplay, which is put between those cut-scenes, is interesting too. It's not like in other game, where you need to spend 5 minutes of watching one cut-scene, then ten times press 'E', then watch another one, which you can't skip. Btw, you can skip cut-scenes in Ghostbusters, if you want to. But I didn't. Cuz they are cool ;)
Enough about movies. Let's talk about gaming. This isn't an arcade action game. It is ghost hunting simulator. A dream of my childhood: you got a proton pack on your back, PK-meter and a ghost trap - go hunt your ghost, cadet! Wow, cool!... wait, how am I supposed to do it? It seemed like guys in the movie trapped ghost with ease. Why it is so hard for me? Because they are pros, but you are a noob! Shame of me, but I must admit that "modern gamefare" left impact on me too. "Shoot everything that moves. Press 'E' multiple times, if **** happens" - this doesn't work here.
First, you have to find the ghost, using PK-meter. This is the easy part.
Second, you can scan the ghost, i.e. shoot the ghost with PK-meter. This can be ommited, but scanning gives you valuable information about the ghost, revealing its weaknesses and way to deal with it. Weak ghosts can be just killed, harder ones require trapping, but some requires extra steps like catching them and smashing to the ground.
Third, the usual part - damage the ghost.
And final and most tricky part - get the ghost into the trap. This is a pain in the *** for beginners. And the most fun part for experienced players. This part make this game unique. First time I though this is a simple as Ghostbusters were doing it in the movie: shoot the ghost with proton beam, put a trap, press a button... but ghost says "Screw You!" and flies away! It doesn't want to be trapped. So you have to catch it, smash it to the objects on the map (it feels kinda punching ghost to the face) and only then try to pull it towards to the trap while it is still dazed. After you have mastered this, it makes you feel like a real Ghostbuster!
But there are sad things too:
1. 3rd person view. I agree that the Proton Pack looks cool and has all HUD elements player needs, but I'd really prefer to sacrifice it for a 1st person view. Or at least a button that changes views.
2. No Ecto-1 driving mission. You can't drive Ecto-1, you can't even get inside and see its interior. Maybe I'm asking too much, but I was really expecting it.9/10