Ghostbusters Wii – The Entertaining Parts (4 out of 5)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is the ultimate Ghostbuster's fan festival, this Wii game took me back to 1991 and the delight I felt listening to Egon and Ray banter back and forth. You'll be returning to Sedgewick Hotel to capture Slimer and once again join battle against the Stay Puff Marshmellowman.
You will play as the Ghostbusters' newest guinea pig (slash recruit). The simplified combat is challenging enough to satisfy kids needs and the funny cartoon-like presentation of the game will make them smile.
Ghostbusters Wii – The Lame Parts (4 out of 5)
The storyline of this game appears to be a little mismatched in places, like they shortened some of the scenes and levels of the game. They must have used the title from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 edition for the Wii version, only they watered it down for the large casual gamer following of the Wii.
The wacky character models make the Wii version of Ghostbusters look and feel like a totally different game. This version isn't really the authentic Ghostbusters experience we know and love from the movies, but most of the gamers playing this game won't remember the movies.
Graphics (4 out of 5)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game has a cute, stylish graphical presentation designed to entertain the casual gamer and kids, but will entertain kids more than the casual gamer. The exaggerated look of the wacky characters matches the subtle colors and textures used in the scenes well, but the detail in the environments is average at best.
The animations were pretty smooth and there weren't any frame rate problems to speak of during the action scenes, but then the action never really reaches a fever pitch during the combat scenarios.
Sounds (4 out of 5)
The soundtrack sounds excellent, a nice selection of electronic and up tempo tunes you'll recognize that both enhance the energy and pace of the game during intense moments and slows down to the pace of the action during slower moments. The sound effects are clear and distinctive, all the weapons and devices have unique sound effects that entertain and make you laugh, and the characters all have personality that comes out in the sounds they make.
The four main actors from the movies reprise their voice roles for this edition and they all do a masterful job of making you laugh and taking you back to a different time. Bill Murray in particular does an outstanding job delivering nice one-liners in perfect timing, which is an art form in itself.
The Storyline (4 out of 5)
Once again, something strange is occurring in New York! Paranormal activity has been increasing at an alarming rate and corporeal entities have been running wild in the city. The Ghostbusters have once again been called in to take care of this spiritual problem and you, as the newest Ghostbusters recruit, are tasked with the job. You'll have some new equipment to help you neutralize ghosts as you return to many of the scenes you remember from the moves to deal out a little Ghostbusters justice on the bad guys.
Playability (4 out of 5)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game for the Wii is a relatively short adventure that took me about five hours to complete and I took my time and looked around a bit. The combat was pretty simple, but it will entertain and satisfy a young mind, and a large portion of casual gamers. They have changed the control scheme from the one originally introduced in the previews but they work pretty well and the moves are easy to execute.
Overall… (4 out of 5)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is a Wii title that will occupy kis for hours on end, with a stylish and charming presentation, and engaging and satisfying gameplay. The casual gamer will enjoy the experience this game provides, but the veteran gamer will be a little bored by production values of the game and look for something else to entertain them.
Images for this article are promo pictures provided by Atari.