Ghostbusters Remastered Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One review of Ghostbusters Re-mastered
10 years ago Ghostbusters The Video Game came out on Xbox 360. A decade later and Saber Interactive have remastered their title directly influenced from the iconic movie franchise, for the latest generation consoles. The problem is, there are a lot of things that don’t feel next-gen at all…
Don’t get me wrong, ghost-busting with Bill Murray and co. is a great laugh to begin with. I think there’s actually a very well written storyline, and there’s dozens of Easter eggs relating to the movie. This is not a complete remaster more of a HD tweak, and that’s a loose term. Honestly having played both, comparing the original to the remaster I have to admit, I struggle to notice any difference!
So, rather than looking at this as a remaster, let’s treat this as a standalone title. As I’ve mentioned already storyline directly correlates with the original movies. The game places you in 1991 New York City, after the events of Ghostbusters II. One big treat for players is that the characters are all voiced by the actors who played them in the movies. It is a treat that soon wears off though, and you stop noticing because of other more distracting aspects. My biggest gripe has to be how dated the graphics are.
I played this on the Xbox One. However I am confident now that even with the most hi-spec PC the graphics would not be much better. You can see that time and effort was spent capturing the principle characters’ faces, with facial capture technology. There is also detailing on the backpack for your health etc. but that is about it. The locations are bland and the mouth movement, considering this is written and acted in English, is at best completely out of sync. I also found the ghosts, other than Slimer all underwhelming, everything just looks dated.
So with an underwhelming look to the game, you’d hope that the gameplay made up for it. It does to a point, thanks to the quality of the storyline, but it’s still somewhat disappointing. Clunky controls, constantly running into invisible objects and some laggy aiming controls are the most notable ones. That being said, if you persevere there is a game that offers fun from time to time. There are some great moments like tackling the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the Collector, who you battle in the spirit world no less, and the new God, Shandor.
One particular aspect that I did like was the way that the game punishes you for excessive damage to properties. The hotel manager was particularly unimpressed with my destruction, and kept telling me! This is a fun little aspect, challenging you to minimise destruction. Admittedly, you can go crazy and destroy everything! The money you make by finding secrets and capturing ghosts more than makes up for your losses. It’s worth stating though, it will be very hard to take the respectful approach. Doing as little damage as possible means being accurate, so you’ll probably despise the laggy aiming controls! There are also some entertaining upgrades for your arsenal that you collect as the game progresses, and plenty of cut-scenes where you see the Ghostbusters cast in all their nerdy, fun glory.
As I said there are some positives to the game as a standalone product… but as remasters go this one is underwhelming! It’s a game that feels basically the same as the original 10 years prior. If you did not play the original, and are a fan of the Ghostbusters franchise, then perhaps add it on your Xbox wishlist for when it’s on offer… if nothing else, you get to spend a few hours with Ackroyd, Murray, Ramis & Hudson hunting for ghosts and enjoying all of that ghostbuster-y banter!
Thanks go to Saber Interactive for the review code!