Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins
In Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins Arthur’s
heroic battle with the underworld was finally over and the entrance to
the realm was sealed. So he thought. Time passes and unknowing to
mankind the dark lord has awaken from his slumber and kidnaps the
princess in an effort to conquer the human world. Arthur must set off
for the evil forest the gateway to the underworld to save the princess
from imminent doom and keep the devil as well as his minions at bay. The
excitement and intensity of the forerunner continues as our armored hero
takes on this new challenge for the sake of humanity.
Even though that classic arcade game, Ghost
'n Goblins has
been transformed into a 3D platformer, the original and the best makes a
welcome addition to the archives on the PlayStation Portable which is
classic arcade fun with a 21st century face lift that is a welcome
addition to the world of gaming.
Before this review continues, it must be
mentioned that the original Ghosts 'n Goblins was an extremely difficult
game and as on the PSP, the game is extremely difficult to master that
is probably one of the most difficult games on the console. Just by
completing the first two levels, you will probably have achieved what
most mere mortals will never achieve, while Capcom sit in their ivory
tower... smirking at those gamers who will try to beat this game.
However, even though the game is difficult, it is extremely addictive
and entertaining and even though you want to throw your PSP through the
window, you'll be coming back for more punishment.
New features and
upgrades for the series –
New 3-D characters
and environments enrich the side-scrolling adventure!
New weapons, magic
and armor help Arthur overcome difficult challenges
New and improved
moves for the heroic Sir Arthur:
mid-air, grab onto ledges and much more
New save feature
allows gamers to revisit cleared stages at anytime
New level-up system
for more powerful abilities and attacks
Extra lives mean
starting where players left off and not at check points
environments – Five main stages, each with multiple sub-missions,
hidden paths and bosses to conquer
The storyline of the current incarnation of
Ghosts 'n Goblins once again has the gamer transforming into the
legendary Arthur who must be stop a plethora of demons before they merge
with the royal bloodline. Fortunately for the world of man, Arthur is up
to the challenge has a plethora of new weapons and armour to assist in
this unholy battle.
Weapons such as the vine whip or the fire
bottle will assist the gamer in their battles, however when it comes to
the crunch, the classic daggers are the true winners. Although I must
admit that the new crossbow is actually quite impressive and really lays
waste to your foes. This subtle changes have truly transformed the
original game into something that keeps its original spirit but has
stepped up to the world of modern technology.
The gameplay of Ultimate Ghost 'n Goblins
is virtually identical to the original game that in its essence is a
side scrolling platform game that has the player fighting his way
through almost every known demon in existence by using a variety of
weapons, jumping, finding upgrades and of course challenging the bosses.
The PSP was truly designed for this game as
the controls are extremely responsive and actually feel perfect on the
console. Whether you're double jumping, firing daggers or throwing magic
bottles, no one will be complaining about this adept control system.
Graphically and soundwise, the game is
perfect and really brings back fond memories of the original game but
with highly detailed 21st century graphics. The backgrounds are amazing and
have great detail that truly immerses you into the gaming environment.
The characters are fluid, the sounds are perfect and the original music
has made a much needed return that will bring smiles to those old gamers
and also those new at heart. Great stuff!
In conclusion, Ultimate Ghost 'n Goblins is definitely one of the most
hardest games that I have ever played (including the original) that is
definitely a title that will have you coming back for more. Highly
Recommended to those that love the classics or for those that want some
addictive and frustrating arcade fun.