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Ghostbusters (2016) Game Review

 

  • July 12th, 2016
  • PS4 / Xbox One / PC
  • FireForge Games / Activision

 

Movie tie in games are nothing new, they usually aren’t anything too good except for the few random ones here or there but that has become something us as a gaming community has come to accept. Then comes along a game like Ghostbusters though that just feels like they are pouring salt into our open wound.

Ghostbusters is such a great idea for a game that a number of things could turn it into even a half solid game. However what FireForge Studios instead has given us is a $50 (that’s right, $50) arcade game. Featuring none of the actors from the film nor relating to the film much it seems we are given a top down shooter full of mediocre.

Your ghost busters team is consisting of two men and two women all of which push out one liners that fall short and no personality to care for. A story that no one in their right mind would even blink an eye towards. It’s clear the development team took the short safe route for this game and it shows.

Even the game play is just safe to the point of boring. It is your standard top down stick shooter. You walk through bland and lifeless environments very rarely given a chance to go off the beat path to explore anything. You go from room to room or area to area fighting enemies or waves of enemies to just get to your next battle. Very quickly does the game become stale actually losing it’s touch during the first training mission. You actually see all the game has to offer during the first training mission which only lasts around 10 minutes anyway. You kill a lot of random enemies like books, candles, and floating skulls (you know stuff the Ghostbusters actively kill), with the more powerful enemies requiring use of your beam which is just rotating your joy stick and mashing a button for score.

One big thing that kills me is that each level lasts around 45-50 minutes, no stopping and going either. After one level I found myself having to drag forward with the game having no desire to continue on. If you took the Ghostbusters name off this game it could easily pass for the hundred others like it which only further brings me pain knowing that they somehow pushed this off with a $50 price tag.

They do attempt to throw a few curve balls in to try to improve gameplay, neither of which work. There is a RPG style level up system and skill tree, though you can only upgrade the character you are playing as. I also found that even upgrading them made little difference. You also have a PKE meter you can use to find hidden objects and collectables. The problem is when the meter is in use your character moves at what seems like 20% of his already slow speed dragging the gameplay to almost a halt.

Overall Ghostbusters has really no redeemable factors to it. It is a overpriced arcade game cash in that is just there to garnish funds off the popularity the Ghostbusters name currently has. This should be avoided.

 

Score : 1/10

Ghostbusters (2016) Review

 

  • July 15th, 2016
  • 1 Hour 56 Minute Run time
  • Action / Comedy

 

The all female lead reboot of the beloved Ghostbusters has been one of the most talked about reboots of possibly all time. With every person seeming to have different thoughts on it does the Ghostbusters reboot come out taking names or does it fail as many would hope to see it.

We follow two lifelong paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates who after finally seeing a ghost in the flesh enlist the help of nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann and subway worker Patty Tolan who sees a ghost along with them in a hunt to save New York City from a potential ghost overhaul. The story itself isn’t entirely the main focus here for the most part. It does what it needs to progress through and does a good job at that.

What many want to see is how these 4 woman don the suits to battle ghosts and I must say they all did a fantastic job at it. The chemistry between Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones is great. They all appear to truly enjoy themselves in this and the dialog with them all flows smoothly. McCarthy and Wiig stick to their normal characters for the most part while McKinnon might be the stand out performance female wise. McKinnon as almost the mad scientist of the group gives a wild and zany performance often leading to what appears as random memorable scenes with her character. Leslie Jones as well as the tough girl of the group leads a handful of memorable scenes with her character. I feel like these four woman gave a hell of a performance given all the high standards people were giving them to live up to. The Ghostbusters as well have a male in the group as the office assistant as well in the form of Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth here play the good looking but ultimately brain dead character and often times stealing the show when in a scene with his dumb logic or therefore lack of. He was a great choice to throw in for some comic relief.

On the action side of things the film does a good job with the ghost CGI scenes making them look good. The action scenes flow well and we are given a different range of weapons and tools displayed to see in action. The film isn’t all action though as there are mainly two big ghost scenes in the film with some filler between it so don’t expect nonstop action. We are given though a lot of cameos from ghosts and other actors though to watch out for.

I do have to put though that Fall Out Boy’s cover of the Ghostbusters theme that is played in the movie is horrendous and should of never been done. It is almost laughably bad.

Overall the Ghostbusters reboot isn’t bad by any means. People will hate regardless but looking at it this film isn’t bad by any means. With a great female lead cast giving memorable performances and some good action scenes the Ghostbusters reboot is worth giving a shot.

 

Score : 7/10