Zero Punctuation: Ghostbusters: The Video Game

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willgreg123:

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.

Haha Well i dont often post here because I figure even if i dislike the review (which happens a bit) I still enjoy the "skit" I just commented on this one because I thinks its unfair to down a game that is actually rather decent and could use a boost, i mean this is how movie games should run, be there own thing, but take attention to detail, and do it for the fans

CrafterMan:

Gutterpunk:
Snip

I suggest you write a review my good sir!

-Joe

English is a second language for me, so writing reviews is exposing myself to too many Grammar Nazies. Beside, I prefer gaming diaries to reviews. Yaztee is probably the only reviewers that I "follow", I usually prefer to go to meta rating sites.

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

It's not.

Yatzee went a little overboard with this one IMHO...

Gutterpunk:

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

It's not.

Yatzee went a little overboard with this one IMHO...

Yeah well, no one knows until they play the game right? Because everyone has their own opinion :)

CrafterMan:

Gutterpunk:

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

It's not.

Yatzee went a little overboard with this one IMHO...

Yeah well, no one knows until they play the game right? Because everyone has their own opinion :)

Moral: Rent it, then buy it.

CrafterMan:

Gutterpunk:

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

It's not.

Yatzee went a little overboard with this one IMHO...

Yeah well, no one knows until they play the game right? Because everyone has their own opinion :)

True, but not everyone as a popular platform to share those opinions. Will EricKINGS come to his own conclusions by trying the game? It would be a shame if he didn't because of this review.

I never really gave two shits about Ghostbusters before the game and even less after hearing the reviews (this and others) I think Yathzee puts fanboyism aside and looks at the game as a game and not part of a marketing scheme (like pretty much all movie tie in games are, even though this one is a few decades late).

The positive reviews are draped in reffrences only fans seem to get which won't lure in people like me, and when it gets to actual gameplay it's average. Most reviews I've read for it say the game will pass, but I don't really want to spend money on games that only "pass."

Could be the best yet Ben. Thanks you saved me $80

Rather jarring how frequently the subject of fellatio came up during this video - if you watch the video and keep a count the number of times on your hands, you may well run out of fingers by the time four minutes are up. That it happened so frequently is pretty bad taste and not very funny. I can only guess the mental association was deeply implanted on Yahtzee's mind after sitting down to play a game that involved so much sucking with particle packs and ghost traps.

Further, I'm not exactly sure of consequence he said about the game except:

  • The control scheme was hard.
  • The IP (and consequently all the supporting things in the game that supported that IP) annoyed me.
I mean, come on, give me a better reason to dislike the game than it's hard and I don't like Ghostbusters.

Not really his best work, all things considered. This video will probably live on as the official tape-leg of Zero Punctuation.

Mr.Pandah:

whaleswiththumbs:
Hmm.. i thought yahtzee would like the game, then again he probably thought I wouldn't think that, so we are all equally suprised.

Amazingly I have never seen all of any of the movies, only about 3 min from the 3rd one. it was decent 3 minutes, but I could have spent them better.

I was listening to the theme song during this review.

Sorry for double post...but 3 minutes from the 3rd one? The 3rd one is possibly in production right now. They don't even know if they want to make it yet.

Thats how little I saw of it. idk which one it was, i thought there was a 3rd one. ehh w/e still like'd my imaginary 3 minutes of the possible future.

Completed it and thought it was a very entertaining game. I also grew up with in the 80s when the Ghostbusters were huge, so I'm sure that helped.

He pretty much hit it spot on.

Ghostbusters is 'fun' just because you get a proton pack and can blow sh@# up! But all the problems he listed are there:

1. wacky script with lame comedy (and Bill Murray just doesn't seem to have any emotion in the character, like in the movies)

2. the "retard round up". Seriously the lamest part of the damn game - running around picking up your AI buddies cause they can't dodge. On top of that, if you get knocked down, you're stuck there until one of them decides to help you out (which can take awhile). And then there's the situation where if you are knocked down and your teammate picks you up, then suddenly they get knocked down, so you pick him up and get knocked down in the process, etc etc etc.. there are several times that can happen and it just sucks. Sometimes the easiest way to win a boss battle, is to just run around picking people up and dodging attacks - never firing. What makes it worst is you can only take like 2 or 3 hits after getting up from a knockdown.. and if there's 4 ghosts throwing junk at you, you go down fast.

I made the mistake of buying this game. This is definitely a RENT game! I know that, now I've completed it, I probably won't play it again since it has low replay value. (HOWEVER, I never messed with multiplayer.. so maybe I should give that a try before boxing it for good)

I have completed the game, on Professional, and while the only valid point he is the AI can be a little annoying at times, the rest of his "review" was just someone saying he didn't like Ghostbusters in the first place. It is definately one of the better movie tie-in games, and so far one of the better games of this year.

Yes, I am a fan of the movies, that's why I was lured to it the first place. Good game, good story, lots of proper fan service.

"...because those smart-arses get knocked over more often than a subbuteo player mouthing off to his pimp"
It took me a second... then I creased myself laughing.
Classic.

Azhrarn-101:

Stabby Joe:
So far critics are in the 70s range, which given all the hype (with reason this time, actors and all), it should have been better...

...meh, BTW which version was reviewed? I know they're the same (Wii not counting naturally) but for some reason many places don't get the 360 version right now.

That would be because for Europe atleast Sony does the publishing and they made it a timed exclusive for the PS3. So the DS, Wii, 360 and PC version of the game won't be available for a few more months while Sony tries to milk the franchise for all it's worth.

Won't make much of a difference, I've heard too many people complaining they'll have to wait, having owned the other consoles so theres only so many PS3 users in Europe...

Yahtzee won't be reading this but I still feel compelled to share my opinion: the last few reviews sucked. Either he's slipping or he's gotten too lazy to think of amusing metaphors, and things have descended into purely bad taste.

I'm going to watch an older review to amuse myself, because this one certainly wasn't very funny.

As usual, a good review.

Bill Murray is *far* too big a star to bother actually putting effort into video game voice acting XD
I thought this ZP was excellent as (most) always; so what if he bashed the game, if you like it, yay for you.
I'm a little sad tho that I am old enough to have been alive when the movie was released in theaters :/

I loved the review! I must disagree with how bad the game was, but then again I am a Ghostbusters fanboy. I even enjoyed the second movie. Again though I really enjoyed the review!

I was getting worried about you Yahtzee, but you've turned around. Good stuff in this review, it was funny and i didn't get the impression that you were descending into madness, unlike your last couple of reviews.

GIdub:
"...because those smart-arses get knocked over more often than a subbuteo player mouthing off to his pimp"
It took me a second... then I creased myself laughing.
Classic.

I had to look up what a subbuteo player is ><;

You know Yahtzee, I had a vision of you complaining about most of that stuff. However I didn't find it that bad. Granted I only played it on 'casual', so maybe some of that stuff is worse on the higher difficulties. Even so, my biggest complaint is the shortness of the game, other then that I enjoyed the whole experience.

I... didn't laugh... not even a smirk. Hrrm. Either I'm getting jaded, or these reviews are getting less inspired.

Might give Ghostbusters a look when it goes budget.

I expected as much. Movie games usually suck big time and I wasn't expecting Ghost busters to be any good either.

I'm pretty sure you just made my point for me. Character driven stories are not his type of game.

I'm pretty sure I didn't. Silent Hill 2 is character driven. Ghostbusters isn't; the only thing it does is treat the player as a movie-goer, put him into a seat and ask him to observe. I don't know if it's unique, but it doesn't qualify as character-driven.

It just saddens me that people take any and all reviews as, this is how it is, buy or don't buy. It's one review in a sea of them(if you look). This one mostly negative, about points that were the whole reason a lot of people liked it, the cheesiness for one. But I've seen many people not willing to give the game a chance, even for a rental, or the old Gamestop, buy used, return it within a week trick. Form your own opinions people.

The gameplay problems Yahtzee mentions are all there (e.g. crappy AI, chaos-on-screen, etc.) but I would still say that Ghostbusters is a good game.

My friends and I ended up playing it for HOURS this past weekend and while it is by no means perfect, it's undeniably entertaining (particularly for Ghostbusters fans - you can't get much better fan service!). :P

Worth a rental at the very least.

WTF i got put on probation for quoting Yahtzee what a load of bullshit.

Ha, I love this, especially the film makers part, everything Yahtzee says is true lol

Stoic Person Eater:
Playing Ghostbusters was kind of like sucking off a pig, now that you mention it.

If that's the case, I guess I need to start sucking off pigs, because the game was fantastic. I half excepted a positive review for the game. Even with it's flaws, the game was awesome, as both a game and a "movie."

Instead of making some incredibly predictable "WHO YA GONNA CALL" jokes, all I can say is that the episode is as hilarious as ever.

Such a consistently excellent show.
I was slightly worried that too many people would love this post-release due to nostalgia, but I actually found the title to have some interesting innovations.

He does make a good point that developers allow some rubbish movie game to come in and be rubbish!

And I seem to remember a review early on, speculating that crossing the streams would have no consequences.

I see their taking the Fable 2 overambitious approach.

This is weird.

I didn't grow up in the 80's, haven't played the game and never particularly liked the ghostbusters series but I feel outraged.

I like ghostbusters 2 and the extreme ghostbusters series (okay, so I did grow up with that last one along with the real ghostbusters [never got why it was called that]). The things Zp was picking at were the things that were good about GB i.e. the humour. I mean if the crossing streams thing wasn't in the game, there would be fan riots...

Humor is lacking. At least he actually talked about the game's features this time.

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