Review: Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • 4k HDR

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (19.45 GB)
Release Date: October 4, 2019
Publisher: Mad Dog Games
Developer: Terminal Reality
Original MSRP: $29.99 (USD)
ESRB Rating: T
A code for the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:

I find myself here at the keyboard wondering where to start this review. This is going to be a difficult review to write. On one hand Ghostbusters is magnificent in all the right ways. On the other hand is pure disappointment and misery. On paper, this game should have knocked it out of the park, but I found it stumbling in the dark most times.

I’ll start with the good this time. The whole freaking cast from one of the best comedies ever reprises their roles. That’s right, all of the original actors are back and, for the most part, kill it. At times it’s like there wasn’t a twenty or thirty year gap between the films and the game. Also the game was written by Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd along with others. That right there is pure video game gold. All of the dialogue for the main cast is spot on, and brings me back to the 80’s.

Now to the unfortunately bad stuff. I’ll start with the most sacred, Bill Murray phoned it in. His parts were mostly dull and without his usual zest and he never seems natural. This is in stark contrast to Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. These guys killed it, and left Murray in their dust. One of the huge hurdles I had to overcome was the reuse of most of the situations from the first movie. You come back to most of the same locations and fight the same enemies; I’m looking at you Stay Puff. While the dialogue was excellent, with the witty banter you’d expect from this property, the overall story was lacking. I wanted new locales and a new enemy. True, most of the locales were expanded on, but I expected more.

Not to kick a game while it’s down, but I was also disappointed with the combat. Which is a travesty, because who wouldn’t want to wield a proton pack? The combat is unwieldy at best. I never felt like my attack was doing any good. All I had to do was put my stream on an enemy for a short time, smash it a few times, and hope it would go into the trap. Also, the game introduced different attacks that basically worked on one enemy type and weren’t useful anywhere else.

Finally, we get to the “remastered” part of the game. Originally published for the PS3, everything was remastered for the newest generation of consoles. In my opinion this game should have stayed on the PS3. It looks nice and crisp on a HD screen, but there were just too many hiccups in my opinion, like pop-in and frame drops. While the cinematics look great, the in game graphic engine, while great for its time, did not age well.

Visuals:

Like I said above, the graphics are from the PS3 era of gaming. Good for its time, but I believe Ghostbusters is showing its age. With pop in, bland textures, and clipping, it took me out of the story. The cinematics are great though, crisp and clean. They really do a great job of conveying the story. I will say for the most part the game runs well, with frame rate problems only showing up when there’s a lot going on the screen. And a special shout out goes to the Proton Streams, they really pop and make you feel like bustin’ ghosts.

Audio:

Audio is very important in Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Everything, from the mostly brilliant voice acting to sound effects, really excels here. One strong point is the very same music from the movies is used here, which I found especially pleasing. The sound effects are great, from the growl of the Proton Packs charging to the Proton Streams. Audio gets a A+ here and is the strong point of the game.

Online/Multiplayer:

This game is one player only and features no online component.

Conclusion:

So here we are at the end of this review. All of the pros and cons have been noted and detailed. I am still struggling with this review. On one hand there are great things that make the game. But when it comes down to it, gameplay, which is the bread and butter of any game, was lacking. So I say, come for the audio and cinematics only and try to bear with the game play the best you can.

Score:
5.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Shawn Hiers

Shawn Hiers

Disabled gamer. Married Father of 4, and playing since the Atari days. I have a passion for all things Lego and an avid Toy Collector. I am also an huge Doctor Who Fan and can talk all things Who for hours 🙂

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