Who you gonna call?? GHOST-BUSTERS! Don’t get too excited and spew your ectoplasm, but a new Ghostbusters game has arrived. As a long-time fan of anything Ghostbusters, I had very high hopes and expectations for this game. I wanted it to be good so bad. This was designed to be a sequel to the 2016 Ghostbusters movie. The main 4 ghost hunters from the movie are in Washington stopping an assassination attempt on the president, so 4 new busters step up to protect the city. Was I disappointed? Find out below.
Blue Ball Score: 7 out of 25 balls
In short, this game sucked gigantic donkey dong. It was a total let-down and I can’t believe that the Ghostbusters franchise would allow this type of garbage to hit the market. As mentioned before, you play as 4 new ghostbusters who attempt to protect the city while the real ghostbusters are away. New missions arrive throughout the city, which you select on the map. However, there is no fun and excitement to it. Actual gameplay has an arcade-style third-person shooter feel to it, where you shoot hordes of ghosts while tracking the “boss” ghost. It’s a rinse-and-repeat style of gameplay that quickly becomes boring enough to make you want to gorge your eyes out with a wooden spoon.
The controls are simple enough, and it’s not difficult by any stretch of the imagination. It just seems so pointless that it’s almost unbearable. Actually, check that… it IS unbearable. Along the way, I had strong urges that ranged from punching myself in the nuts, to the aforementioned eye gouging, to sticking an M80 firecracker up my ass just to feel alive again. Trash. Garbage. A big steamy pile of bovine fecal matter. Do yourself a favor and pass on this game. Please… do it for me, do it for yourself, do it for Harold Ramis (Egon).
No online multiplayer, just drop in/drop out on the same screen. Who the hell thought that was a good idea?? Gameplay earns a 1.5 balls just because I feel so sorry for it.
As you move from area to area, you’ll fight plenty of ghosts. You can choose from one of four characters, each with a different weapon and equipment, and each has a different set of strengths/weaknesses. If you don’t want to invite friends to suffer through this game, then the CPU will play as the remaining characters. Fight ghosts, move to next area, fight more ghosts, track boss, catch boss, repeat repeat repeat. After each mission, you can level up your characters and their abilities. My time would have been better spent squatting over the game case, dropping a heaping log right on the cover, and not wiping. I would have felt just as dirty as I do now for having played the game. Out of respect, 0.5 balls instead of zero.
Only because it provides some options, I’ll give it 1.5 balls.
The sound follows suit with the graphics in terms of cartoony/arcade-style. The top down shooter does its best with what it was given, but unfortunately it’s nowhere near being enough. It might be worth playing for a quarter in an arcade, but nothing more than that. 3 balls for graphics/sound.
In conclusion, this game isn’t worth the paper that your money is printed on. It’s not worth recycled copier paper. All copies should be wiped from existence. A pathetic total score of 7 balls.