Review: Ghostbusters 2

Ghostbusters 2

ST Format Review

My Review
For this review I’m running Steem with a 1MB STE, running TOS 1.62. This game got a release on an Automation disk – menu #442. That seems quite late vs the other games in this issue so the question is was it delayed because they couldn’t be bothered because the game was shit, or was it delayed because it was hard to crack? It’s a film license and the ST Format review is rather damning of gameplay, while praising graphics. Let’s see what we get.

We get a fairly simple cracktro with a skull and crossbones “Piracy is fun” graphic moving around and some chip music with a scroller. They kindly provide some documentation, which is kinda unusual. Apparently it’s packed down from 4 disks (wtf?) to 2, which seems a nice upgrade on the released version.

We get a slick animated intro informing us that Activision presents Ghostbusters 2, with the movie’s theme tune sampled playing over the top which is pretty cool. Quality actually isn’t bad for an ST and while it’s clearly cut-down it manages to get all the key points. It does enough to give me the urge to stick Ghostbusters on the Plex in a pretty big way.

So, I press fire to start, and get some little stills (very badly digitised) from the movie and some scrolly text, then we start the game. With LOTS of loading. Disc access is pretty horrendous. Lots of unpacking time too, which is what I get for being a pirate.

And then the infamous bombs – it’s been a few years since I’ve seen them! Let’s try with an STFM instead. More crashing. Let’s try http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-st-ghostbusters-ii_9438.html instead. This game is proving to be a right bag of dicks.

Finally I’m being lowered into the sewer. Time to bust some ghosts. And this is utter shit. There seems to be very little connection between shooting something and something happening to that thing. Controls are laggy, the enemies are a bit boring, and the game really has very little to offer. I don’t feel enormously motivated to go any further with this one, it’s tried my patience in many different ways already, I’ll go and do something less boring instead.

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