Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed Review – Who You Gonna Call? You Ghost-busting Best Friends!
IllFonic teamed up with the official Ghostbusters license to bring a multiplayer experience that was nostalgic and also a great introduction for those not around to remember the crew everyone knew to call when there was something strange in the neighborhood. Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is an asymmetrical multiplayer experience but also brought in the recognizable talents of Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson to give the game a jolt of the Ghostbusters’ prime.
The game featured customizable Ghostbusters that from a home base could team up with friends or take on ghosts solo with the help of AI and would enter a match of 4v1. The team that brought us Friday the 13th and Predator: Hunting Grounds took what worked best from these titles to deliver a well-rounded experience on both ends as we often found ourselves reveling in our role and enjoying the matches regardless of which side we were put on.
As the Ghostbusters, teams will have to work together and be wary of their surroundings as the ghosts work to one, disrupt your attempts to capture them and two, work on scaring the NPC civilians wandering around to raise the “haunting” to 100 percent or the ghost running out of rifts which will trigger the endgame timer. The gameplay does have a bit of a learning curve but nothing will be more worthwhile than you and your buds working together to pull a ghost into a trap!
The game features multiple ghost types all accompanied by their own play styles and can chain attacks, summon their minions, and have an ultimate move that can be a pain for the Ghostbusters but also comes with a lengthy cooldown. The game can turn into a bit of a cat and mouse game if the ghost uses their possession ability smartly as it can cause Ghostbusters to spend much of their time trying to find the ghost while things move closer to the endgame.
One thing many players might find as an issue is the replayability of the game as the gameplay is definitely fun and engaging and can lead to many hours of game time with your friends or in solo matches working through leveling up and unlocking customizing features for the Ghostbusters.
This isn’t necessarily a negative impact on the game more than it is looking to the future as it will be up to the developers what they choose to bring to the game to keep players engaged. One thing can be said, if you are looking at the future of the game, it speaks to the base game’s potential and enjoyment a player has found.
Overall, Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed delivers an enjoyable and again very nostalgic experience that will put a smile on anyone who grew up watching the films and even the newer generation that got a taste of the rich comedic universe with the newer film.
The matchmaking proved to be very stable and quick to find matches with or without your friends in the lobby and made it a seamless experience that focused on enjoying the game rather than troubleshooting. The future plans will determine the longevity of the game but coming out of the gate, this is a unique entry to the franchise that will keep the Proton Packs in our hearts running for a while.