Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Common Sense Media says

Paranormal adventure for movie's fans and action lovers.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

As a ghostbuster apprentice, you spend your time zapping away ghosts and other creatures rather than humans. You are trying to restore order to NYC.

Positive role models

You play as a hero whose job it is to remove ghosts.

Ease of play

The controls are pretty easy to use as you learn to use tools to fight off ghosts.


Sci-fi weapons are used to blow away (or suck up) ghosts, ghouls, and demons who are terrorizing New York City. The game does not show blood, gore, or scenes with excessive violence.


One of the Ghostbusters quips about missing adult shops and bars.


A few potentially inapproproate words can be heard including "damn" and "bitch" in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the game.


This is a game based on the popular Ghostbuster movie franchise and helps to promote the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an action game based on the Ghostbusters movie franchise. In the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the game, there is some mild profanity and a good bit of fantasy violence because you spend most of your time fighting the supernatural enemies.

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What's it about?

One of the highest-grossing movie franchises from the 1980s is back -- and this time it's interactive. GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME, from Atari, lets you join the famous ghost-hunting troupe to take on funny and frightening ghouls and other supernatural creatures. You will use an assortment of weapons and gadgets to hunt, fight, and capture baddies responsible for wreaking havoc in New York City. But you don't need to be a fan of the 1984 film as its intense combat, personality-driven storyline and multiple modes hold up on its own merit.

Is it any good?


Before you write off this video game as a cheap remix of the classic flick, consider that the original cast members -- including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson (and other celebs) -- have come together for the first time in 20 years to voice their parts. What's more, this all-new adventure was penned by Aykroyd and Ramis, and contains some ideas that never made it into the original films. As a newcomer to the Ghostbusters team, you'll don the proton pack and blast enemies into oblivion or wrangle them into the stasis trap, plus there are many other tools at your disposal including ones that let you scan and analyze potential threats using the PKE Meter and Ghost Light. There's even multiplayer modes that let you be one of the original Ghostbusters and take on challenging missions outside of the single-player campaign. Whether or not you're a fan of the flicks, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is a spirited adventure worth the price of admission.

Online interaction: While the online multiplayer mode can be fun, it is playable using open chat via a headset. There is always the possibility of hearing cussing when this option is activated.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Ghostbusters is a movie-based game done right and what other game developers can learn from the talented team at Terminal Reality (responsible for the "next-generation" versions of this game). How can some developers blow it so bad when others get it right?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Release date:June 16, 2009
ESRB rating:T for Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent Written byMatt The Gamer November 8, 2009

Great game if you're not too young.

This game is a must have for any Ghostbusters fan... however I will address the one concern I have for kids and tweens. I think you should be at least 13 to play this because there are some scenes in the game that are just down right scary. I mean... it's not F.E.A.R scary or Deadspace scary but it's scary. For example you go to the hotel Sedgwick and have to get this ghost of a "Spider Witch". She had been a serial killer from the '20s who murdered men she brought up to her room. That kinda freaked me out as I have a fear of spiders... lol. And there is some frightening (if sometimes humorous) dialogue and scenes in that part. Overall... if you're kid is 13 and likes Ghostbusters (and can say "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost" and mean it... it's for him/her.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written bymomto3amazingggirls April 16, 2013

Best Wii game ever!!!!

My daughter Emma, 9, loves this game. She loves the graphics and especially the destroying element. Don't be confused she's a complete girly girl but she loves destroying everything she sees in the game. It was highly fun for all and would absolutely recommend!!!! Especially if you're a Ghostbusters fan like we are!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 17 years old Written byfurby12345 July 19, 2011

THIS IS NOT GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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