Zero Punctuation: Ghostbusters: The Video Game

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As this game was reviewed by Mr. Croshaw, I didn't expect it to score extremely favorably. He has a history of giving any kind of character driven game a bad review based on the story telling flavor alone. I've found most games he reviews in a good light to be games that throw story out the window in favor of mindless shooting or jumping (Painkiller, Infamous, yadda yadda...). This is not a bad thing it's just a taste thing. You can pretty much tell exactly how the game review will progress based entirely on the above. Find a game with zero plot and you'll find a game that is already half the prefect game for a Zero Punctuation review.

Being a big Ghostbusters fan myself, the characters and the story are the reason I found the game a delight. The rookie Ghostbuster allows the real characters to play out their roles without you having to play it for them. It prevents breaking the characters by forcing them to react to the player. The story is a great trilogy tie in and really brings together the first two movies in a nice binding story arc. Notice Mr. Croshaw did not once mention anything about how the story worked with the movie plots or how well it actually did despite being a movie tie in. There are few games in history who have actually done movie tie in's with such a great return.

This was not meant to be a AAA title the likes of Modern Combat (apparently that's what they are going with now). It was supposed to be a great 3rd part of a trilogy that brought the loopholes together and finished the story off. Something it did very well. The dialogue was bang on to each of the characters and any true fan of the franchise would do well to get the game and play it. You will not be disappointed.

As an aside, I'd like to nitpick Yahtzee's small segment regarding ghost capture. It is not in fact the only way to catch a Ghost since one of the first upgrades you can purchase (in fact the game's hint system asks you to buy it) is the Slam Dunk. It allows you to slam ghosts into the trap instantly without having to bother with all the wrangling. There are also many other ways of defeating ghosts and often ghosts that cannot be trapped.

PS: No mention at all of the Multiplayer. No mention of Ghost hunting with the goggles. No mention of all the upgrades and tools. No mention of the actually semi creepy atmosphere in the game along with the musical soundtrack ripped right from the films that made it even more creepy. Feels like he played the demo and not the real game.

Imma still buy it, cause BUSTIN' MAKES ME FEEL GOOOOD!

. He has a history of giving any kind of character driven game a bad review based on the story telling flavor alone. I've found most games he reviews in a good light to be games that throw story out the window in favor of mindless shooting or jumping (Painkiller, Infamous, yadda yadda...). This is not a bad thing it's just a taste thing. You can pretty much tell exactly how the game review will progress based entirely on the above. Find a game with zero plot and you'll find a game that is already half the prefect game for a Zero Punctuation review.

Ehm... aren't Silent Hill 2 and Portal in his "top 3" list?

First time I'm going to have to disagree with yahtzee. I throughly enjoyed this game and found that most of the complaints made were cosmetic.

I agree with the fact that movies that get a video game turn out to be crap and vis versa

ninjajoeman:

iamq:
Knew you would complain about the AI. Although is there any game except Left 4 Dead where you cannot complain about the AI?

wait isnt the ai always jumping infront of your bullets in left 4 dead... there's one

I've acually never had that issue.

Yahtzee made a Subbuteo reference. My life is now complete.

I really don't get why everybody likes ghostbusters. I don't think ive never seen the whole movie but quite frankly, the parts that i did see where pants on head retarded.

Good review though, at least it didn't suck as bad as the nes version :P.

Awesome review. The lipstick and pig thing at the end was hilarious. So perfect.

Did I read that joke at the end right? Did Yahtzee admit to liking Extreme Ghostbusters? Considering how many people probably hated that series, I'm guessing his credibility got a few points flushed away too. (He's not alone though. To be honest, I kinda had a small interest in that show too. Sure, replacing the original cast sans Egon with the usual political correctiveness team was down right idiotic but I'm willing to overlook that for a show who's idea of a paranormal disturbance is "vampire clowns" because that plot is just so ridiculous it's funny)

Brilliant!

did he say "Zef"?

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I had no problem with Ghostbusters outside of some lip sync and framerate issues. I honestly can't bring myself to see where Yahtzee is coming from in this case.

hilarious review

I found the game was really great. The only time the proton pack took up the whole screen is when you wrangle a ghost online. And the only problems with the AI I had is they would run off after ghosts making it hard to find them when they get knocked down and in the final battle, the boss kept attacking me after I was down, so the Ghostbusters were taken down one by one as they tried to revive me. I hope the next review is on Overlord 2.

You know what? I never thought I'd be saying this, but I think this review was pretty terrible. Like always he has some good points, but he just can't seem to get off that tangent about sucking balls/dicks/who knows what else.

We get it, Yahtzee, the game is a big whack-off session. No really, our pea-brained minds may have gleaned at least that much from the review during the first couple of minutes. To be honest, I don't like the game either, but the gems in this review are hard to find. I'd say he may be losing his touch, but it would have to be more than one crap review in a row for even the jumpiest anti-fan to grab on and say Yahtzee's through. And what was that analogy about a pimp, anyway? The sound in this one was kind of fuzzy, I couldn't hear it.

Saw this one coming.

Movie to game adaptions always seemed terrible.

Superman 64 anyone?

Mr.Pandah:
Can't say that I agree with him on any of this. Didn't even laugh once during his review unfortunately. Oh well. Most of his reviews are really hit-or-miss anyways. I honestly couldn't help but smile through about the first 2 hours of the game because of how awesome it was seeing all of the characters and locales again. But this is what the game was aiming for. To pull on our nostalgia-strings that still remained from the movies.

Call me a sucker for games like these, but I think it was a pretty good game. Too short though in my opinion.

I agree completely. I was giddy as hell playing through the whole game and felt disappointed when it ended. I really enjoyed it and yes the AI was a little weak but that never detracted from the game enough for me to complain. I just enjoyed it for what it was.

I was holding out for this game being good, till they released it with no fucking PC multiplayer.... This just makes me happy seeing it mocked. :)

For once I think Yahtzee may of been too harsh. The game is passable. Far from perfect, but accepting that it's based on a movie franchise and isn't a steaming pile is good enough to not be an abomination. There are some definite issues, like the blind siding and your mates have NO health, but part of that is because the ghosts do way more damage than they should. I swear they accidently pulled a DMC3 on us and each mode is actually one level higher than it should be.* In particular the last level has ghosts that attack in swarms, are very accurate, two shot you, and only Ray is there to back you up. Oh, and Peter and Zedmore just watch like MORONS.

* = For those that didn't know, DMC3's NA release was 'bugged' in that our hard mode was Dante Must Die from the Japanese version, our normal was thier hard, etc. Nice going Capcom.

I know this is going to come as a wild-ass, bug-beatin', pinata-breaking, baboon's-butt surprise to all ya'll, but I think Yahtzee was a too mean in this one.

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Oh sure, that's his job as a critique, but this review came off as more petty then the usual reviews. Am I the only one seeing him getting more and more irritable as more of these reviews come out? I mean, he's always been the anti-social asshole we all know and love, but now he seems to be getting worked up over nothing. Then again, I'm probably just speaking out of disappointment. I haven't played this game, nor am I compelled too, but I thought there was a good chance he'd like it. Now that I think about it, he did give a thumbs up to Infamous and Prototype (kinda) so maybe he's not being as hyper critical as I think he is.

And I liked Ghostbusters 2, it had some very memorable scenes. Though, admittedly, memorable isn't a exclusive quality to good movies. Snakes on a Plane had one memorable scene, as did 300, that doesn't make them good movies.

Yahtzee would've loved this game if he could play as Bill Murray.

Stewie Plisken:

. He has a history of giving any kind of character driven game a bad review based on the story telling flavor alone. I've found most games he reviews in a good light to be games that throw story out the window in favor of mindless shooting or jumping (Painkiller, Infamous, yadda yadda...). This is not a bad thing it's just a taste thing. You can pretty much tell exactly how the game review will progress based entirely on the above. Find a game with zero plot and you'll find a game that is already half the prefect game for a Zero Punctuation review.

Ehm... aren't Silent Hill 2 and Portal in his "top 3" list?

I'm pretty sure you just made my point for me. Character driven stories are not his type of game. That means the story is driven forward by the characters personalities and how they react to events around them. Video games are terribly hard vehicles for Character Driven stories simply because the main characters are often the focus. They are controlled by the player who's random actions are incredibly hard to predict unless your game is on rails.

Ghostbusters is unique in it's approach to the story simply because it puts you in the perspective of someone who is not the main protagonist. You are simply another character, there along for the ride, observing the real heroes of the story. It's actually pretty smart and prevents pollution of a beloved character from player shenanigans. It would be like playing an Indiana Jones game where you play beside him rather than AS him. Let's the characters be who they are and lets you be there to watch every moment of their awesomeness.

Satoz:
*gasp* another negative review? you dont say? Meh I dunno, the game didn't seem that bad in the little I played of it the other day, the lines were cheesy, but the good kind of cheesy that makes you laugh, not the kind that makes you feel embarrassed. The combat makes sense, and they added different firing modes and ways of managing enemies, you can scan ghosts and use that tracker device all adding to the feel of the movie. The scenes though linked to the movies were fun, and really bring you back to when Ghostbusters was king, but whatever I say play it for yourself potential buyers. Of course I never take your reviews seriously, just like you never read these posts, but its still funny and that's all I really care about.

Wow, it's reassuring to see there are others who share my opinion. I don't take them seriously at all either, but I did feel this review was hyper critical and petty by normal standerds (as I wrote about earlier on this page). It's refreshing to see constructive comments like this, even if Yahtzee will never ever read them. That's why I tend to write them with Yahtzee in the third person.

Inarticulate_Underachiever:
Yahtzee would've loved this game if he could play as Bill Murray.

PFFF, HAHAHA! Good freaking point. I admit, the game lost 100,000,000 points with me right after learning you couldn't play as Bill Murray. Not that it would make a huge difference if you could. Maybe a multiplayer addon would make that possible?

IntoxicatedKnight:
I had an inkling it might be this. Brilliant work as always.

No shit sherlock he said it in the last review (which on another note I hate and think he should stop doing) by saying the game was late and making jokes about his future self already playing/reviewing this game It's just a give away and I like it more when It's a surprise

Anyway I loved the comparison with the pig and the ... ye u know :D

Maraveno:

IntoxicatedKnight:
I had an inkling it might be this. Brilliant work as always.

No shit sherlock he said it in the last review (which on another note I hate and think he should stop doing) by saying the game was late and making jokes about his future self already playing/reviewing this game It's just a give away and I like it more when It's a surprise

Anyway I loved the comparison with the pig and the ... ye u know :D

I'll check over it for you next time ;) I do however, notice a few others mentioning the same. But yes, I do prefer the surprises as I obviously thought it was one. Dur on me.

The pig thing was funny though.

I thing this was a slight bit over the edge.. but yahtzee is yathzee.

Really good, especially compared to the last review

I, for one, must respectfully disagree with Yatzee, and it's not often that I do.

He is comparing Ghostbusters to GOW2, and thats a little unfair. My question for Yatzee is : Name a better movie based video game license.

(yes, thats a dangerous question to ask, as I might not be thinking of that "perfect" game readily. But no, Spiderman 2 doesn't count, as the "fun" in that game is swinging between buildings, the movie tied elements sucks.The first Riddick isn't bad, but it doesn't feel like a tie in either, it feels like a separate game with a Vin Diesel model.)

Everything in that review feels like Yaztee didn't actually play Ghostbusters. Slimer? He appears ONLY in the tutorial, why even mention him seeing as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is in the scene right after Slimer? I mean, he is right there at the start, and HE SUCKS! Yatzee didn't even lampoon him at all. Crossing the stream? Common, I must have died like twice in the whole game because of this, it's not an issue. To much stuff going on? The other Ghostbusters aren't event there for half of the game, and when they are, it's rarely all of them. And the "chaos" isn't worse than when playing multiplayer either. Trapping ghosts? It IS Ghostbusters we are talking about, right? What the hell is wrong with trapping ghosts? To many traps? How about just laying down your trap at the start of a fight? The computer won't lay his down if you do. And the "having to trap ghosts over and over again problem" is gone by stage 2 or 3... Only the larger battles require it after the 1st level, because new kind of enemies are introduced (possessed stuff that do not require trapping)

His review sounds like it was written by someone who was told what the game is about, but who didn't actually play the game, or who was too busy writing "funny" material while playing.

IMHO, Ghostbuster is the perfect movie tied in games, plain and simple. A "new" adventure, not a recreation of the events seen in a movie, characters and humor that you recognize, even if you didn't watch the movie for 20 years. Ghostbusters : The Game feels more like a movie spin off novel than a game, just like it should be.

Yaztee is (more and more) comparing games to what he thinks are perfect games, instead of just judging games at face value, and while I understand that I could go to other elsewhere to read a "positive" review, and that Yatzee's shticks is funny ranting, sometime it seems that he rant just because it pays the rent.

/No, I don't work or have affiliation for whoever makes that game.

EDIT : I have to say something : The game isn't perfect, and it's not the best 3rd person shooter ever either. The stone angels were retarded, and you spend way to much time healing the computer AI (that part is right). The "scary" bits aren't scary, but neither was Ghostbusters, and the story is a little clichee (It's like a mashup of GB 1 and 2, and they don't even try to hide it). Still, I stand behind my opinion above :)

"Like juggling plates in a mosh pit"

That had me laughing hahaha.

-Joe

Inarticulate_Underachiever:
Yahtzee would've loved this game if he could play as Bill Murray.

Hahaha this is very true, and bloody hell you have an awesome stache'

-Joe

Gutterpunk:
Snip

I suggest you write a review my good sir!

-Joe

You know I love your work yahtzee, and I'm not a huge ghostbusters fan, but I can't agree with you on it. I found it to be an enjoyable experience even being far from a fanboy of any actor or movie. Thanks for the entertainment, but the game was good.

I didnt expect this game to be bad like that. Oh well, least now i know.

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