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Ghostbusters (Xbox 360)
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Ghostbusters (Xbox 360)
Date: 06/01/10, updated on 10/02/10 (15 review reads)
Advantages: A faithful tie-in to the films, Original cast back, Original ghosts return, great gameplay!
Disadvantages: Hardly anyone uses online play, people who do not have good connections will struggle
PLEASE NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS ALSO FEATURED ON CIAO, UNDER MY USERNAME "MONSOONBABY88."
It is customary nowadays for most films to get accompanied by a game adaptation. Sadly, game adaptations of films rarely live up to the expectations the film had set. However, Ghostbusters changes this. Over twenty five years later, the popular Ghosbusters series finally earns themselves a decent game tie-in, in the form of a third-person shooter/platforming game.
The game follows the newest recruit in the Ghostbusters team, a newbie who tests out the new equipment for the original four Ghostbusters during their ghost-catching work. The player will play this new recruit instead of the older Ghostbusters. The plot focuses on Thanksgiving Day, 1991, when a large shock wave engulfs New York City, resulting in a eruption of ghosts throughout the city. The Ghostbusters then have to find out what caused this shockwave, and put a stop to the consequences before New York City is destroyed completely. Principal cast members have returned, which is a great bonus for fans of the original films, and the game marks a return of the original Ghostbusters actors Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Dan Akyroyd, who not only leant their voices to the game, but their likenesses too. This game is a one-player, although co-operative online play is available to try too, but players must be aware that they need to have bought a membership to Xbox Live before they try this.
The look and feel of the two successful eighties films have really been captured here in this game. The original musical scores return, including the ever-so-familar Ghostbusters theme tune. Fans of the films will enjoy the return of the ghostly characters in the films, such as the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man, Slimer and the Library Ghost. However, the game makers have managed to inject some new aspects into the game, with brand new ghosts, new weapons and refreshing new dialogue.
Luckily, it has not been modernised too much though. Ghostbusters: The Video Game is for the most part set in 1991, only two years after the release of Ghostbusters Two. This means the games setting looks familiar to the film, thus not enraging fans who do not appreciate too much change. Familiar settings such as the original Ghostbusters office [a converted fire-station] appear, with the player able to explore this place freely in between missions. This place is littered with little references to the films for those eagle eyed fans. Remember the sequel's antagonist, Vigo, anyone? Look out for a special reference near the receptionist desk. The famous Ghostbusters car, ECTO-1 also makes regular appearances throughout the game.
The games story successfully manages work, and almost feels like this is the threequel some of us have been preying for since the second film had been and gone. The graphics are also very impressive, with the likenesses of the four Ghostbusters being very spot on in particular.
As for the difficulty level, the game really is not that bad to get a hang of, although I suggest starting off on the "easy" or "normal" settings before advancing onto the hardest difficulty setting. This will allow you to get a feel for the controls, and generally enjoy the game before the real challenge kicks in.
For those Xbox 360 gamers who enjoy unlocking achievements, the achievements in this game are overly not too bad. Most can be unlocked on the easier difficulties, although in order to fully 1000G this game, a play-through on the hardest difficulty is needed. Many of the achievements are unlocked through online play too. The Ghostbusters online play is actually very enjoyable, but sadly not many people tend to play it online. This makes playing Ghostbusters online quite frustrating, as you will face a long wait before three other players join you. Players are able to participate in a campaign with others online. This involves three chapters from the game with targets set in each. For instance, the winner of the round is the player who has caught the most ghosts. For those with a good internet connection, I highly suggest trying this mode out, and hopefully you'll be lucky enough to find some other players willing to play it online!
Ghostbusters:The Video Game warrants more than one playthrough, due to the amount of achievements that can be unlocked. However, it is not all about the achievements. The game is very enjoyable, and seems a shame to just forget about it after one playthrough. A few playthroughs really will make you appreciate what a gem of a game this is.
So those of you who are looking for a game adaptation of a film that is actually good, definitely go for this one. Even if you have never seen either of the Ghostbusters films before, you should find this enjoyable, especially if platform games are your preference. Not many film-to-game adaptations are that great, so when something like this comes around once in a while, it seems like a shame to miss it! Now....who you gonna call?
Summary: An excellent accompaniment to the Ghostbusters films. Gameplay is enjoyable, and fans will love it!
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