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Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
PC, XBox 360, Playstation 3

Reviewed on: PC
Behavior Studios
Publisher: Atari
Rated: "E10+" for Everyone 10+

CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki

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User Rating:        6
Presentation: 6

The good news? The game uses the famous Ray Parker JR. theme. The bad? Just about everything else. Sanctum of Slime is a sloppy and poorly designed game that looks generations behind where we are now.

Gameplay: 5

Walk into a room, get locked into said room. Defeat ghosts. Repeat -- ad nauseum. Combine with the fact that the mechanics are incredibly broken, terrible AI and the mission structure is so incredibly backwards that you'll get a sense of vertigo.

Lasting Appeal:

Finishing Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime is more of an endurance trial built for masochists than a good time. If you make it through an hour, you deserve a medal.

Overall: 6
Sanctum of Slime is bad. Real bad. If there were a book on what not to do as a game developer, this would be chapter one. Even the most hardcore Ghostbusters fans are sure to be not only disappointed by Sanctum of Slime, but disgusted by it.
CHEATfactor: 6

The Ghostbusters are well known for their English deprived slogan “I aint ‘fraid of no ghosts.” Apparently, someone forgot to tell the team's new recruits from Atari and Behaviour Santiago's Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime because on more than one occasion I witnessed them running from the action and cowering in a corner.

No, really. And that's just the beginning of the downloadable title's problems. From the terrible pacing to the insulting new team, Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime is a literal fail reel; not even the most hardcore dedicated fans of the franchise will be able to enjoy this turd.

Sanctum of Slime follows a familiar plot, drive around New York City blasting paranormal baddies. It all sounds great right? Here's the thing though, the game features absolutely none of the charm or intelligence found in the movies. Hell, it doesn't even have the original Ghostbusters. Oh, they're minor characters in the story (spoiler: they're pretty much desk jockies), but this time around you're going to be playing as a new batch of recruits. This really wouldn't be a problem, except that these new recruits are just so easy to hate. Come on, did the developers really think fans would welcome the idea of a Ghostbuster in a trucker hat? The new class is also incredibly boring and uninteresting. The fact that Atari and Behaviour took the Ghostbusters lore in favor of their red-bull generation (you won't get much time with Ecto-1 here, the new recruits use a tricked out hummer) story is more than just a bit insulting.

"...Smash TV with a Ghostbusters overlay."


The gameplay of Sanctum of Slime can best be described as Smash TV with a Ghostbusters overlay. More specifically, it's a twin stick shooter; you'll use the left stick to move and the right stick to shoot. It's a simple control scheme, but here it comes off so sluggish that you'll often feel like there's a delay between your button presses and the corresponding action. Compare that with something  like the Xbox Live Indie Game I MAED A GAM3 W1TH ZOMBIES 1N IT, which uses the same control style, but only 100% times smoother and better altogether - and it only cost $1.

You'll play through a number of missions set throughout different New York locales and blast different ghosts with weapons that correspond to their color. Sounds fun right? Hardly. Each level plays out essentially like this; go into a room, door locks behind you, blast all the ghosts. Move on and repeat. Sanctum of Slime's level progression is entirely backwards though, as just when you think you've completed a section, you'll find yourself backtracking through an area you've already completed. It's really lazy development and shows how lacking the game really is.

"It's quite possibly the worst AI I've ever seen."


Oh, it's not like the game isn't challenging, in fact somewhere around the 10th chapter in the story, the game ratchets up the difficulty to ungodly proportions. The game keeps throwing wave after wave of enemies at you and you're unlikely to have the patience to deal with it. It' not like the AI helps matters any bit either. They seem to panic when things get hectic, and fire the wrong weapons at the wrong enemies. Even worse? The fact that they get frightened and hide in corners when they seem to get scared. It's quite possibly the worst AI I've ever seen.

As much as it pains me to say this, Ghostbusters seems like one of those franchises that's destined to never have a good video game, but Sanctum of Slime takes things a step further - it's an absolutely terrible game altogether. The AI sucks, the gameplay sucks, the pacing sucks. To put it quite simply, Ghostbusters: Sanctum of 



CHEATS USED: Easy Kills, Team Health, more

In the case of Sanctum of Slime, busting does not make me feel good, but the trainer from CheatHappens make me feel mildly okay. That counts for something right? The best thing about the trainer is undoubtedly the easy kill feature, which makes even those insanely difficult battles better. A close second though is the team health cheat, which stops you from having to revive computer controlled players when they die...all...the...friggin' time.



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