Personal Rating: "Worth Playing"
Traditional Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Third Person Action Adventure
Well I am suprised to see Ghostbusters: The Videogame back on Steam. It got taken off about a year and a bit ago and has been A.W.O.L ever since. Well If you were ever keen to grab it, now would probably be a good time since there is apparently a problem getting keys issued for the game.
Well, well - too my suprise the game actually captures the spirt of the franchise perfectly (having been penned by Dan Ackroyd himself, one of the original creators of the Ghostbusters). Having all the actors reprise their digital selves is a blast and to hear the banter going back and forth between the characters reminded me of old friends, instantly transporting me back to the early eighties were as a kid with childlike sensibilities I lived in wonder of these fine ghost fighting folk so much so that I even wanted to be a Ghostbuster myself until I realised that movies were not real and that no real Ghostbusters of this variety actually existed.
As for the story, the game picks up two years after the events that closed Ghostbusters 2 and involves an architect that goes by the name of Ivor Shando who is trying to bring another Great Destructor into the world. As stories of this nature go, its not the strongest and wouldn't have made that remarkable of a film if it were filmed as Ghostbusters 3 but for a game its more than fine.
The graphics are quite lovely and vibrant throughout and many of the levels are an absolute blast to explore, athough not tech pushing they do a servicable job and manage to create an immerseful world that is immediately recognisable if you watched the movies. Controls were a bit awkward with the keyboard but once my xbox wireless controller was hooked in I had no problems whatsoever. The game can get quite challenging and frustrating in sections, especially towards the end were I was having hassles with the cherubs in the cemetery. If I have one serious complaint it's that the rest of the Ghostbusting team (you get to play a nameless rookie and not one of the original characters) are a bit naff when it comes to actually fighting ghosts. They repeatedly get themselves into situations were they are downed and you have to rush over to revive them or else if you go down and there is no one to revive you the game ends and you have to restart from your save. It would have been nice if they had implemented a co-op feature which I understand after reading reviews was included in the console version. It's really a shame this did not make it into the PC version as I could think of nothing more awesome than co-oping a Ghostbuster's game. Anyway, classic case of PC gamers getting the short shrift yet again.
All in all it was a great way to revisit the classic with even Slimer, Stay Pufft and the Librarian Ghost getting in on some of the digital action. As mentioned it's a pity we can't all hook up every once in a while to save New York from the terrors of the night but as a massive Ghostbusters fan (it's my favorite film from the eighties) it does more than just pay lip service to the fans. It actually turns out to be a worthy and rather well made action adventure game from a popular license. At it's current price of $9.99 its a steal considering the length and quality of the actual game.
Posté le : 4 janvier 2014