Ghostbusters World First Look at SDCC2018 – When someone asks you if you want to be a Ghostbuster, you say ‘yes’!
Being a kid who’s cousin tricked him watching Child’s Play, Candy Man, and Halloween, you tend to develop a strong fear of ghosts. Especially considering the My Buddy doll I was hanging out with turned out to be Chuckie… So when I learned about a team of people who busts ghosts, I had to see this movie. My mom rented me the VHS cassette of the cartoon, which was just as good and I still got the gist of it. After watching the Ghostbusters, me and the vacuum became very good friends. I would strap the vacuum on my back and bust the hell out of ghosts (within a 6-foot radius of a wall outlet). Later, I realized my mom found a way to get me to clean… But my point is, I have a particular fondness for the Ghostbusters, and now I have a chance to be one.
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I was lucky enough play Next Age’s upcoming map-based augmented reality mobile game, Ghostbusters World. In Ghostbusters World, you become a Ghostbuster who battles and captures ghosts using your smartphone as your all in one P.K.E. Meter, Proton Pack, and Trap. Players will be able to play battle and capture ghosts solo, cooperate in boos raids with up to teams of four, and also have PvP battles with other players using ghosts you’ve captured. PvP is set for a later date after release. The game will also feature a story mode, written by the IDW Comic Book writers, which I’m hoping lets you live out a Ghostbuster’s journey.
At first glance, it’s really hard not to compare Ghostbusters World to Pokemon Go. There are a lot of similarities, you capture creatures you find on a map, you activate Dimension Doors to receive items, and team up to take on stronger raid bosses. But it’s because the games are in the same genre and use an RPG system like most mobile free to play games. Ghostbusters World shares a lot of genre features as Pokemon Go, but is its own unique experience that offers a different realm of gameplay.
Ghostbusters World best feature is battling the ghosts, they have unique movement patterns and attacks that require you to move your phone around a bit to successfully hit ghosts with your Proton Blaster. You also have different Proton Blasters that attack and do different amounts and types of damage. The different ghosts and blasters provide an enjoyable amount of depth and strategy that will keep players on their toes; literally and metaphorically. Aside from the ghosts you’ll hunt down as they roam the streets, there are raid boss battles. In the demo, we got to take on the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man, and it was like a dream come true. Stay Puft has different battle tactics and summons mini Pufts to attack you. His main attack is smashing you with his giant puffy fist, and also spews our marshmallow cream when his HP is low. The BEST part about the Stay Puft battle, HE GETS TOASTED AS YOU ATTACK HIM! It’s details like that, that shows the great depth and care that goes into the game.
Another feature, that distinguishes Ghostbusters World from other games in the genre, is the social aspect. You actually get to see the other players on the map and in raid battle. This makes customizing your appearance matter a lot more. But the most important thing about this, is now you don’t have to try to look at someone’s phone to see if they’re playing the same game you are. It’s a very practical feature that really opens up the game’s social aspect. Just picture, having to take on a raid boss and being able to look on your phone to see what other Ghostbusters are around, instead of running around looking for someone or having to asks strangers if they also play the game and can help you.
Ghostbusters World is poised to really expand Augmented Reality gaming with a fun and engaging approach and easily one of the best franchises to do it with. Ghostbusters fans can expect to bust ghosts from movies, comics, and T.V. shows. I’m hoping this also opens up to the different proton packs, traps, and guns. I really want to see if the game can incorporate Holtzmann’s blasters. Ghostbusters World will be free-to-play, with the option to make purchases in-game, on iOS and Android mobile devices later this year. So, get your jumpsuits and proton packs ready.
Platform: Mobile (iOS, Android0
Genre: Map-based AR RPG
Publisher: 4:33 Inc.
Release Date: 2018