Ghostbusters the Video Game
Ghostbusters The Video Game could be
considered the official third movie in the franchise and is penned by
Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis who really give this game some credibility.
Best of all, the dialogue is top notch and
all the actors really get into their characters again, apart from Bill
Murray who sounds like he has better places to be. Even so, the story is
oozing with Ghostbusters fun and gamers play a new up and coming
Ghostbuster (male or female) thanks to the tutorage of the gang.
The story is set after Ghostbusters 2, two
years to be precise and not much as changed in New York. The Ghostbusters
are still “busting” ghosts for the Mayor and unfortunately for them, the
villain from the original movie, Gozer is once again about to cause all
sorts of grief for not only the denizens of New York but the
Ghostbusters as well. Needless to say a cool story.
The gameplay on the PSP is a third person game as you tag along with the
original Ghostbusters and attempt to send these spooky apparitions back
to the nether verse where they came, thankfully with all the cool
Ghostbuster weapons and gadgetry as you attempt to control your proton
stream which is extremely reminiscent of the movie.
Unfortunately the control system on the PSP
is a bit of a hit and miss affair as you use the analog stick to control
your player in the environment with the buttons used to control the
crosshairs and use your weaponry which is a tad awkward.
Unfortunately it becomes a little fiddle
some at the best of times, especially when you're trying to target
several ghosts. Thankfully the game is quite forgiving when it comes to
accuracy and "damage". Needless to say, the developers put too much
"port" than "thought" into this title.
Although we've reviewed the PS3 and PC
version of this game, I must admit that both were quite entertaining to
play and nice on the eyes. The PSP version has of course received a
massive downgrade of facelift.
The realistic graphics of the high-end
consoles are gone and the characters have been replaced by cartoony
looking characters. The environments are also a little bland with some
annoying camera issues and popups. Probably the biggest saving grace for
the game is the dialogue which is pure Ghostbusters fun.
At the end of the day, Ghostbusters for PSP
isn't a bad game but seems like a bit more work would have helped push
this over the thresh hold. Although the graphics are a little simple,
it's fun but unfortunately the awkward gameplay only causes frustration
rather than entertainment which is a shame.