Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered review for PlayStation 4

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered review for PlayStation 4

23/10/2019 0 By Josh shoup
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Ok, you guys get it by now, I am a geek. I have a large soft spot for the ’80s as that was when I was a kid. It comes to no surprise that like Back to the Future, Revenge of the Nerds among many others, I was drawn to the Ghostbusters franchise. From the stacked cast to the catchy theme, Ghostbusters had something for everyone to appreciate. As we know, the Ghostbusters Game that I am reviewing here is actually a remaster as the game originally came out in 2009 and has been remastered for current generation consoles, no doubt to help build excitement for the 2020 Ghostbusters Reboot.

In what can only be described as a small miracle, the original cast agreed to come back after all those years of being removed to record their characters spoken dialogue. What makes the story even more special is that it was written by the cast themselves! Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis had actually been working on Ghostbusters 3 shortly after Ghostbusters 2 but there was trouble in paradise. The loveable (yet somewhat creepy) Dr. Venkman himself, Bill Murray showed no interest in doing another film. Fast forward to 2007 and Terminal Reality wanting to make the Ghostbusters game. With parts of that Ghostbusters 3 script coming into play, you can say that The Ghostbusters Game is the cannon 3rd film!
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That’s enough of the history lesson, it’s time to talk about Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered itself!

It depends on whom you ask if this is to my advantage or not, but I did not play the game when it originally came out in 2009. So everything about my time with Ghostbusters Remastered was an all-new experience!

In this story, you do not play as any of the beloved characters, but rather as the “Newbie”. It has been 2 years since the events of Ghostbusters 2 and for the most part, it seems as if things have been busy for the guys. It seems that no sooner that a proton pack is on your characters back that everything possible goes wrong!
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When you take a step back and realize that this game is 10 years old, you can appreciate so much about it, however, the problems that this 10-year-old game have are glaringly obvious! In multiple parts of the game where there would be some type of event that would happen, I would find that my guy would be running around as my partners would just stand there doing nothing, or even better running into a wall! They were also not always the most helpful at reviving each other when one would fall. I am not sure how much I can complain though as there are times when you may be alongside 2-3 comrades as well as the ghosts wreaking havoc in the room, that is a LOT for the AI to comprehend all at once.

From a gameplay perspective, it feels really REALLY satisfying to hunt for ghosts and slam them into the traps. The proton beam brightens up your tv like a 4th of July fireworks display on acid! As you progress through the game, you can buy different upgrades that make capturing ghosts easier, the Slam Dunk maneuver was a personal favorite go-to to show them who’s boss!
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One of the biggest issues I have with the game is that it felt like there was too much padding in some missions and so they take entirely way too long to finish. The absolute worst level is when you go to the library and you see a familiar face from the first film. There are some cool ideas, but having bookshelves randomly fly at you loses much of its allure after 3rd or 4th time, let alone when it happens for the 20th time. What could be a sweet boss battle turns into a 45 min slog through slow muddy waters.

For being the first time playing Ghostbusters: The Video Game, this remastered version left me very satisfied! It was fun to play what could have been the 3rd film and hear all the actors reprise their roles. Sure there are some things about the game that show it’s 10 year age, but I think it’s fair to say that if you are a big enough fan, you can overlook the bad for all the good!

 

 

Launch Trailer

*This Review Code was so generously provided by the publisher for review*

Developer: Saber Interactive  Publisher: Mad Dog Games
Release date: October 4, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Platform Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 PRO

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered

29.99
7.5

Final Score

7.5/10

Pros

  • STELLAR Voice acting
  • Excellent story
  • Visually looks great for its age

Cons

  • AI not always great
  • Long Levels