Ghostbusters The Video Game was originally released on the PS2, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC back in 2009. I fondly remember playing a demo of the game on my PS3 around the time and I greatly enjoyed it (this was a few years after the game’s release) and when I tried to hunt down a copy on the secondary market it was pretty hard to find and went for high prices on the secondary market, so for a number of years I forgot about getting the game…
Well, that was till late last year when it was announced that they’ll be releasing a remastered version of the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of the game on the latest hardware. So earlier this year when there was a sale on the PS4 Playstation Store I decided to buy the game as it was going for a good price.
Being honest I got into Ghostbusters a bit late, as I never watched the films growing up as a kid. I watched them in my early 20’s and I greatly enjoyed them, especially the first one and I really enjoyed the horror-comedy vibe of the films and the chemistry between the cast which increased my interest in playing the game and I have to say the game doesn’t disappoint.
The game works as the official Ghostbusters 3 that we never got and it’s set in the early ’90s and most of the cast return to reprise their roles from the films and the chemistry between the four Ghostbusters is still great and they all give great vocal performances. In the game you play a silent character simply called the ‘Rookie’ and you tag along with the Ghostbusters in their latest adventure using all the iconic equipment that they used to bust ghosts in the film as well as some new inventions.
I played the game on the easy difficulty and I noticed there were a few difficulty spikes towards the game, especially in the graveyard level. The AI-controlled Ghostbusters are very competent and help you when you get wounded in the game. Also, I really enjoyed the interaction dialog during the levels of the game it made it feel like a genuine Ghostbusters 3 rather than just a tie-in game.
The game plays as a third-person shooter with you eliminating and trapping ghosts throughout the varied levels throughout the game. I really like how the game played on the PS4 it felt very smooth and I loved using the ghost trap and the EPK scanner, it was really fun. I didn’t really notice any graphical upgrade on the PS4 and I thought it still looked pretty good for a game from 2009. The music in the game is excellent as well and they reuse some of the cues from the films which is great.
I really enjoyed the story of the game and it took me a good 10 or so hours to complete the game which is great for a licensed video game as most of them are a lot shorter than that. I was really surprised by how dark the story got. What was really fun was between the levels of the game you could explore the firehouse and interact with the ghostly artifacts that you found throughout the level. I also really loved the easter eggs in the game to the films which were really fun to find and made me appreciate the game more.
As well as this it has made me want to pick up the recent Hasbro Plasma Ghostbusters figures, damn video games. I got 50% of the trophies in the game so I’ll definitely play this game again on a higher difficulty which I’m more than happy to do as I had such a blast with this game!
If your a fan of the Ghostbusters and have never played this game I would highly recommend picking this game up especially in a sale!