Paste Magazine’s Dave Trumbore gave a hauntingly positive review of Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, the 4v1 hunt or haunt asymmetrical multiplayer game from Friday the 13th: The Game developers IllFonic.
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed follows in the footsteps of IllFonic’s forebears in a couple of ways. The teams consist of a four-person Ghostbuster squad who storm through one of a few different urban locales. (No matter the location, be it the museum, brewery, lodge, or what have you, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the map as soon as possible. It’ll save you a lot of trouble in the long run.) The main job of the Ghostbusters? Bust the ghost that’s causing trouble in the place and freaking out the normals. Side gigs include tracking down and destroying rifts, which allow the ghost multiple opportunities to escape being trapped when left intact, and finding collectibles, like newspaper clippings and various spores, molds, and fungi.
Form a new team using classic Ghostbuster tools like the proton pack and the PKE Meter to take down ectoplasmic scum. Change perspective by becoming a ghost and use spooky powers like teleportation and possession to haunt the unsuspecting busters. Including nostalgic cameos and locations from original movies like the iconic Firehouse, or Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz passing along busting wisdom from his Occult Books, adding to the game’s atmosphere.
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed debuted at the perfect time of year. It’s a fantastic new addition to asymmetric multiplayer games, especially when you get to play with a squad of friends and absolutely shriek in horrified delight as ghosts attack, escape, and are ultimately busted. And its price point is hard to beat.