Reviewed by @Brett_SevenDaze
- Developer: Saber Interactive Incorporated
- Publisher: Mad Dog Games, LLC
- Release Date: 04/10/2019
- Price: £29.99 / $29.99
- Review code provided by Mad Dog Game, LLC
Who You Gonna Call?
It has been 5 years since the passing of Harold Ramis famously known for playing Egon Spengler. A member of the Ghostbusters and with the release of the remastered version of the 2009 masterpiece, it is definitely a poignant moment in the franchise. Hearing his voice throughout the story is heartwarming and will be forever immortalized. The paranormal practitioners are also celebrating 35 years since the first movie was released, so there is no better time to strap on those proton packs, jump into Ecto-1b and bust some ghosts on the streets of New York.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is probably the most authentic experience any franchise has to offer. The storyline is penned by original writers Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis with the original cast offering their vocal talents. This is truly the closest your going to get to Ghostbusters 3.
New Cadet….. Welcome Aboard!!
The game is set two years after the events in Ghostbusters 2 and you, the playable character have been recruited as the new cadet to test out all the new equipment Egon has been working on. what could go wrong?
Training is suddenly cut short as New York is swarming with apparitions caused by a pulse of energy started by the Gozer exhibit at the museum of natural history. The sudden surge had also taken out the containment unit back at HQ letting out everyone’s favourite ghost, Slimer who has an enormous appetite and has a habit of sliming people, especially Venkman.
What better way to start the game than a tutorial on how to use the highly volatile and dangerous equipment by capturing the green harmless slob. The ghastly adventure across the big apple will take you to familiar locations in the franchise such as the Sedgewick hotel and the New York public library but it will also introduce new areas to discover like the Island of Shandor owned by the eccentric cult leader Ivo. The island mysteriously sank into the Hudson River after he passed in the 1800s but during the story, the Ghostbusters activated a mandala node causing the island to rise back up to the surface.
Don’t Cross The Streams
The gameplay of the third-person shooter is pretty linear with no real incentive to go and explore the environment apart from collecting artefacts, but even then you won’t go too far off the beaten track to find them. This is not particularly a bad thing due to the style of the game and the storyline being heavily intertwined into the level. Before you ask, no you can’t take Ecto 1-b for a spin, It’s as if the writers knew the players would be itching to sit in the driver seat. They do hint in the last level whether they should let the rookie drive followed by a sarcastic no and laughter. Pretty mean guys. I will just have to sit here and wait patiently for an open-world title.
The level design can feel a little overcrowded in parts especially when travelling down corridors and the AI can be a little on the docile side sometimes making it feel like you are doing all the hard work. Considering the complexity of the controls with having to weaken the enemy, capture then trap them it is a joy to play on the switch both docked and handheld. The techniques can get repetitive but there are enough upgrades to keep the gameplay fresh. Upgrades are added to the inventory throughout the game as Egon invents new technology, they can be unlocked by spending in-game currency. Upgrades can range from additional weapons like the boson dart, a slow-moving projectile to improvements to the equipment you already have. The slam dunk trapping upgrade is a must, it saves so much time especially when trying to clear out a room full of ghouls.
The P.K.E meter and Paragoggles can be used to track down cursed artefacts scattered throughout the levels, they can be identified by a blue reading. Make sure you scan those ghostly sightings as well, their information and stats will be added to your electronic copy of Tobin’s Spirit Guide.
For many years the video game industry has been plagued with terrible movie tie-ins with only a hand full of titles that are any good. Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered sets a whole new standard.
The remastered version doesn’t have much extra to offer in the way of content compared to the original and has even had the multiplayer mode removed but there are rumours it will return soon in a future update. It has had a graphical overhaul though which looks great in handheld mode. There are a couple of moments in the game where it doesn’t perform too well with a few framerate issues, facial expressions looking strange and items disappearing in the background but on the whole, it is a solid effort.
The main aspect of the game is to deactivate nodes located at certain landmarks around New York causing the ghost world to merge with the human world. The locations are worked out by overlaying an ancient mandala with a map of NYC. Each node is protected by a boss. The boss battles can be long-winded and annoying at times due to the AI but once you have found a rhythm they can pretty fun. Once all the nodes have been switched off its time to take on the final showdown against the architect, Shandor himself in god form. Probably the only time it’s advised to cross the streams.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is a must-own for any fan of the franchise. It is an Authentic experience from start to finish, with the original cast offering their voice and a script penned by Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis. Who doesn’t love the dulcet tones of Bill Murray?
Gameplay can become slightly repetitive but with the upgrade mechanic and the hilarious dialogue throughout, there is enough content to keep you engaged till the credits start rolling. The main campaign also has that perfect balance of providing a quality game but not becoming stale leaving any fan satisfied.
For a game that is 10 years old and has had very little added to it other than the usual visual upgrades, it holds up very well. The release of the remastered version has given it a new lease of life and to be able to relive the epic story again on current-gen consoles has been a blast. I have loved every moment rampaging around NYC blasting ghosts with my Proton pack.
• An authentic Ghostbusters experience
• Voiced by original cast
• Looks impressive in handheld mode
• A huge sense of satisfaction when you trap a ghost, it never gets boring.
• AI can be a hindrance in places
• The gameplay is pretty linear
• Multiplayer mode is missing
An Authentic Ghostbusters experience which should be played by any fan of the franchise. An enjoyable third-person shooter that is fun and rewarding.