When it launched in 2009, Ghostbusters: The Video Game proved that with care and interest you could make a very good game primarily based on a film franchise. Ten years later, and we get as well play it once again, thanks to a remaster for PS4, Xbox 1 and Switch. We nabbed the additional transportable of the 3 (the Switch, of course) and got to bustin’ ghosts.
1 of the important credits to the game is that Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis had been straight involved, writing the script and employing plot components that had been initially going to be utilized for a third Ghostbusters film. With the notable exceptions of Sigourny Weaver and Rick Moranis, the complete cast return to voice their characters, as do a lot of important scenes and plot components from the very first two films. Remain Puft, Gozer, Slimer, the Librarian, and the pink ooze all make an look.
Rather than play as 1 of the 4 key Ghostbusters, you are placed in the footwear of an unnamed rookie, joining the renowned foursome on a new quest as all hell very actually breaks loose. As Ms. Weaver was unavailable, we’re introduced as an alternative to Ilyssa Selwyn, played by Charmed actress Alyssa Milano, an specialist in all factors Gozer. The plot speedily whisks us off to the Sedgewick Hotel, the New York Public Library, and the middle of the Hudson river. As ever, Walter Peck does his greatest to quit the group, but is he behind the newest surge of ghostly shenanigans?
The game is primarily a third individual shooter with the Rookie accompanying the group as they hunt ghosts across the city. Capturing the spectres is 1 of the highlights of the game and completely captures how it would really feel to be a Ghostbuster. There are 3 stages to capturing a spook. Very first they will need to be weakened by hitting them with a proton stream, which can take a though as the ghosts fly about the play location, but immediately after adequate hits you swap to a Capture stream and get to wrangle the ghost, countering their movements by pulling them in the opposite path till you sooner or later catch them in your trap.
Smaller sized spectres can be zapped rather than captured and as you progress you unlock new weapons such as a freeze ray and the renowned slime blasters from Ghostbusters II. Even although there are no puzzles, you do get to do a bit of detective function by equipping your PK Meter and scanning for hidden phantoms.
However the game has not aged properly in a quantity of strategies. Dan Ackroyd plays the user manual for a very good element of the game, explaining how weapons function and what to do, and Bill Murray’s Venkman, who was a slimeball back in 1984, now appears just about predatory. The game is also ruthlessly linear with tiny to no scope for exploring – your pathway is locked till 1 of the other Ghostbusters decides you will need to move on, and regardless of the new weapons the combat remains the exact same all through.
When the PlayStation four and Xbox 1 versions of the game guarantee 60fps, and 4K for the Pro and X versions, the Switch version is a great deal closer to becoming a very simple port of the Xbox 360 game, sticking to a very simple 30fps when docked. It is completely fine to play in handheld mode, but targeting the ghosts appears a tiny tougher when playing on the modest screen.
The original release of the game featured a quite decent multiplayer spin-off, but that has been reduce from the game. Saber Interactive have mentioned that they had been going to develop a new multiplayer mode and release it later as DLC, but have but to release any information.
Nevertheless, regardless of the repetitive gameplay and linear levels, this is effortlessly the greatest Ghostbusters game ever developed and anybody who is a fan will enjoy immersing themselves in the globe. There are so a lot of neat touches: you can have a rapid chat with Vigo the Carpathian, slide down a firepole in the Ghostbusters HQ, and even listen to Janine definitely slaying prospects on the telephone.