Review: Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (Nintendo Switch)


When it comes to busting ghosts and battling the supernatural, the Ghostbusters franchise has been beloved for decades. With the release of Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, fans can now immerse themselves in an exciting and spooky experience from multiplayer to single-player that captures the essence of the original movies while adding a new twist to the ghostbusting formula.

Developed and published by Illfonic, Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed brings an online experience where a team of three players and yourself (or a private match with AI BOTS), each donning their Proton Packs and PKE Meter to hunt down, trap, and contain the pesky poltergeists that haunt the levels as you go through different acts that bring an enjoyable story. There’s a unique twist; one player can choose to play as a mischievous ghost and attempt to stop the Ghostbusters.

The game’s core mechanic is both simple and engaging. Ghostbusters will team up to explore locations equipped with an arsenal of gadgets straight out of the movies. From the trusty proton pack to the iconic trap, players will feel like they’re part of the team. Each Ghostbuster can customize their gear, adding different bonuses in different stats as you level up and complete challenges/bounties, which adds depth and strategy to the gameplay.

For those who prefer to cause trouble rather than save the day, playing as a ghost offers a whole different playing experience. You can choose from a variety of ghost types as you level up, each with unique abilities, and work to thwart the Ghostbusters’ efforts by trying to get the haunted level to 100%. The balance between the two sides provides a refreshing take on multiplayer, always keeping matches exciting and unpredictable while keeping you on your toes.

The game’s gadgets are the real showstoppers. Familiar equipment like the PKE Meter and Ghost Trap are back, along with some new additions that create a fun new experience. Gadgets can be upgraded, and players can experiment with different loadout variations to suit the playstyle they desire. The attention to detail in recreating these gadgets is amazing, making you feel like a genuine Ghostbuster.

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is a haunting treat. The ghostly entities, the eerie environments, and the iconic gadgets are beautifully rendered, making the game a love letter to fans of the franchise. The atmospheric lighting, haunting audio, and attention to detail creating these ghostly entities are visually stunning. Leaving you with a ghastly treat as you try to progress through the level.

Co-op gameplay is where the game truly shines. Teamwork and communication are essential to success, and the variety of ghosts and locations keep the game from becoming repetitive. Matchmaking is smooth, and playing with friends adds another layer of enjoyment.

Replay value is high, thanks to a leveling system, unlockable cosmetics, and different ghost types to master. The constant updates and addition of new content by the developers indicate a commitment to keeping the player base engaged.

While Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is a blast to play, it’s not without two areas of opportunity. Occasional bugs and glitches can disrupt the immersion, but they’re usually addressed swiftly with updates. The game would also benefit from more extensive lore, giving players a deeper connection to the Ghostbusters universe.

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is a fun and thrilling multiplayer experience that captures the charm of the iconic franchise while adding innovative gameplay. It’s a must-try for both fans of the Ghostbusters and those seeking a unique multiplayer adventure. With regular updates and a devoted player base, it promises to keep players entertained for the long haul… It’s time to pack up the group, get a grip, come equipped, grab your proton packs off your back and your group splits.

You found out about the new master of evil…Try to battle these boys? That’s not legal!!

Review performed using a copy of Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (Nintendo Switch) provided by Illfonic
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