10 best Ghostbusters video games, ranked
Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the latest film in the franchise, seems to appeal to fans who can’t get enough of the slimy and witty series. Since the release of the original Ghostbusters movie, the fandom has had a desire to feel the fear and excitement of taking down ghosts in any way they can.
Video game support hasn’t always been kind to the franchise, but it has more than a handful of games worth playing and experiencing if you just want more of the world you’ve fallen in love with. We are looking at which ones are the best.
Ghostbusters: Sanctum Of Slime
The double stick shooter is a unique genre in which to make a Ghostbusters video game, but developers Behavior Santiago attempted just that with Ghostbusters: Sanctum Of Slime.
The game wasn’t perfect and had its fair share of reviews, but is considered a fun arcade experience. Reviewers have said this is a decent game enhanced by the Ghostbusters license, and in a world where Ghostbusters games don’t appear that often, especially as double-barreled shooters, it may be worth the worth spending a night with.
LEGO Dimensions: Ghostbusters
LEGO Dimensions was an action-adventure title that aimed to bring together licenses and franchises from different parts of the entertainment industry. While not specifically a Ghostbusters game, the franchise was one of the most involved.
There was a LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters story pack, a level pack, and several fun packs that all provide you with plenty of physical LEGO builds and toys, as well as in-game content itself. The game was rated well but could not sell well enough to justify its continued development.
Extreme Ghostbusters: Code Ecto-1
The Game Boy Advance housed a wonderful Ghostbusters video game called Extreme Ghostbusters: Code Ecto-1. There was a lot of variety as the core of the game was a mix of shooting mechanics and platforming, with a few runs on a top-down perspective.
The game had 12 levels in total and four regions. It was based on the animated show of the same name, which ran for a single 40-episode season in 1997.
Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters
You’d assume that a licensed DLC pack for a game like Planet Coaster would just be a bunch of cosmetic items featuring an iconic branding, but that wasn’t the case with the Ghostbusters DLC pack.
This DLC included a new story-driven challenge, lots of new building elements such as rides, landscapes and characters, as well as new game mechanics. In a huge surprise there were also Dan Aykroyd and William Atherton reprising their roles as Raymond Stantz and Walter Peck, respectively.
In 1990, Sega developed and released a game for their Sega Genesis and Mega Drive systems that was simply titled Ghostbusters, but had no connection with the 1984 title of the same name.
As a platform shoot ’em up, it delivered in so many ways and was praised for its intro streak, character sprites, and awesome graphics. The hit on the game was that it lacked replay value, but Ghostbusters fans revisit the movies multiple times, so it’s unlikely they’ve ever gotten bored of this staple classic.
We know Fortnite isn’t a Ghostbusters game, however, it features some of the most loyal assets the franchise has ever seen in games.
The ability to have a single Ghostbuster equipped with all the right tools, including a proton pack and a ghost trap, makes this a worthy addition to this list. When Fortnite hosts the seasonal events with spirits and ghouls and you’re wearing the Ghostbusters skin, it’s hard to deny the strength of synergy and vibes.
The real arcade of the ghost hunters
True Ghostbusters might not be as popular as the movies, but the animated series did enough to give fans more of the world they loved.
This is a shoot’em up style arcade game named after and loosely based on the animated series. It was released in 1987 under the same name as the series. The game received poor reviews, with most of the reviews focusing on the overall art style and artistic direction of the game. However, this is seen as a fun time, especially for fans of the animated series.
Classics are hard to beat and in the world of Ghostbusters nothing is quite as classic as the 1984 title released on Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, and many other home consoles.
Not only was the game well rated, it was also a great commercial success. It has been said that the game captures both the theme and the vibe of the movie for the first time and it was great to play. Ghostbusters would also have a great pace and was extremely polite.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
It’s not difficult to pull out a remaster of a game that fixes some of the flaws of the original and presents it with better graphics. For Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered, the real issue is that modern game design has evolved beyond what this game originally offered.
When it was originally released it was average in terms of reviews and so was its remaster. Like it was when the original came out, if you like Ghostbusters you’re going to love this game, otherwise it’s pretty much a sell or bargain title.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is an experience that was generally reviewed in the mid-70s, but fans consider it the best gaming experience the franchise has to offer.
He was well regarded for adapting many aspects of the film franchise in a way that perfectly suited video game support. Its lack of local co-operation seems like a bad watch for a team-oriented series, but Ghostbusters fans are going to be enjoying every second of this adventure that originally released in 2009.
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