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Ghostbusters: The Video Game

David Yun (Xbox Live Gamertag - Vawce) David Yun (Xbox Live Gamertag - Vawce): (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-07-01 14:37:50

Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Rank C

Developer: Terminal Reality
Publisher: Atari
Date: 6/16/09

Also available for PlayStation 3, Wii, and PC

Ghostbusters ranks fairly high on my list of favorite comedy films. With the principal actors reassembled to do the voice work (Bill Murray in particular is always a treat), I'd hoped for that special rarity: a genuinely funny video game. Unfortunately, Ghostbusters: The Video Game generally topped out tepidly amusing, and the gameplay itself proved to be largely tedious.

To be fair, the game did make me genuinely laugh out loud once, but the bulk of the humor is recycled. It reminded me of the Austin Powers films. The first was hilariously clever and satirically witty. In contrast, the third film was largely self-referential fan service that indulged in retread humor. Likewise, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is an initially seductive trip into nostalgia, but fails to stand on its own. If you're a big fan of the film, you can bump up the grade one rank for faithfully representing the source material in detail. Even then, between the bland directing of the cut scenes and the stilted narrative, your time would be better spent on another viewing of the film.

Part of the problem is that the player character is a nondescript, mute, fifth Ghostbuster. I wanted to be one of the four guys with, y'know, names instead of being called "the new guy", "chief", or "sport" throughout the game. I would have much preferred swapping between the "Real Ghostbusters", with a greater focus on their characters and interactions with each other. On top of this, the resulting play is incongruous with this set up. Because of the laughable A.I. of the computer controlled characters, it's the prowess of the raw recruit that always rescues the veteran Ghostbusters from their incompetence.

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