Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One(Reviewed) Windows
Going back ten years or so, every time a big Hollywood blockbuster dropped you could expect a mediocre game to drop right along side it. In recent years, however, the sub-par movie tie-in game has become a dying breed. I’ll bet most people didn’t even know a new Ghostbusters game was launching alongside the new film, and maybe they’re better off for it.
One of the first things you’ll notice about this game is how apparently it attempts to separate itself from the film. It follows four brand new character, two male, and two female. One might assume all of the negative responses to an all female led film are what sparked this decision, but who’s to say. You pick one of these four new Ghostbusters and play in up to four player co-op.
Each of the playable characters has their own unique weapon in addition to the typical proton pack. You have your standard assault rifle, a shotgun like proton gun, dual pistols, and a heavy Gatling gun. Aside from the weapons, each character is more or less the same. Ghostbusters is a basic top down twin stick shooter and not a very good one at that. You bounce around from graveyards to asylums and mansions that all seem to overstay their welcome. The gameplay loses any real entertainment value shortly after the first level. Move your way through the environment shooting ghosts and zombies. Occasionally you’ll have to trap ghosts with bigger health bars.
I managed to sit down and play two levels with a friend in co-op. While another player made it just the least bit more entertaining it hardly swayed my opinion; this is a bad game. Everything from the cheesy one liners in reference to the films, from the art design itself, just feels lackluster and half-ass. The further I got the more I also noticed how the soundtrack bothered me. The original Ghostbusters had a great score, why is this game relying heavily on ambient graveyard noise?
I can’t help but feel that Activision sent this game out to die. Everything about this game bothers me if you happened to walk out of a movie theatre thinking the new film didn’t properly let you down then by all means shell out $50 for this. Otherwise maybe find a copy of Ghostbusters: the video game from 2009.
Score: 2 out of 10