Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime

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Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
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Developer(s) Behaviour Santiago
Publisher(s) Atari
Series Ghostbusters
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade
Release date(s) March 23, 2011
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution Download

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime is an action-adventure video game developed by Behaviour Santiago, and published by Atari.[1] The game features four-player cooperative gameplay where players control Ghostbusters to defeat enemy ghosts.[2] It was released on March 23, 2011 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.[3]

Development[edit]

Gameplay[edit]

The game consists of 12 levels; some of them are primarily boss fights:

  1. Training Day
  2. Asylum Brawl
  3. River of Ooze
  4. NYC Mayhem
  5. Subway Smasher
  6. Graveyard Plot
  7. Back to the Sedgewick
  8. Mean Streets
  9. Lair of the Huge Spider
  10. Gates of the Dead
  11. Parkview Retribution
  12. Temple of the Destroyer

Many of the cut scenes were presented as if they were drawn from a comic book, complete with bubble captions.

Plot[edit]

In 2010 B.C., on an island that would become Manhattan, a large group had gathered for the funeral of a deity called Dumazu the Destroyer. An artifact called the Relic of Nilhe was broken apart, and it is believed that reuniting the Relic would revive the god. In 1954 A.D., New York City maintenance workers unearth one of the fragments; it is placed in a museum.

Ismael McEnthol is admitted to the Parkview mental hospital for suffering bizarre delusions and horrifying hallucinations of Dumazu. Later, Janosz Poha, from the Ghostbusters II movie, is admitted to the hospital and is placed with McEnthol. They become friends; McEnthol makes a deal that he would give him Dana Barrett in exchange for stealing the shard. After his release, Janosz steals the shard while working at the museum, but when he returns to Parkview, he is double-crossed and left in the hospital. McEnthol keeps the shard, and goes under an alias: Dr. Michael Tesmon. Meanwhile, Janosz goes insane over possessing the shard.

The old Ghostbusters put an ad out, and assemble a team of new Ghostbusters: Alan, Gabriel, Bridget and Samuel. For their first assignment, at the Sedgewick Hotel, they track down and capture the ghost of the hotel's former head chef, LeBlog. They then go to Parkview, where they meet Dr. Tesmon, who explains that Janosz has gone insane after taking possession of the shard. The ghosts have already overtaken the hospital. The Ghostbusters analyze the shard, and clear out some of the ghosts. The boss, a psychokinetic construct of electro-shock equipment, overwhelms them; After retreating to the sewers, they fight against "Mood Slime", eventually going up against a giant one.

The Ghostbusters call Geoff, who drives the Ecto 4WD. The Ecto's top is a platform where the Ghostbusters can fight ghosts while the car weaves about the city streets. The car breaks down, but they continue fighting. After repairing the vehicle, Geoff takes them to the subway station. The Ghostbusters fight The Subway Smasher, a monster formed from subway trains. After the fight, the Ghostbusters learn that the monster was brought to life from an artifact shard.

As the Ecto 4WD is stuck, Geoff tells the Ghostbusters they walk back to headquarters to meet with the senior Ghostbusters and Janosz. The Ghostbusters take a shortcut through the St. Joseph Cemetery, where they encounter "Snobies" (snot zombies) and gargoyles. They discover a signal that controls the gargoyles, and track it down to a crop circle at the center of the graveyard, where they fight a large gargoyle called a Grotesque.

At the headquarters, Janosz explains how he was tricked into giving his shard to McEnthol. Egon and Gabriel suspect that the shards are drawn to one another like magnets, and that they can use that information to locate the remaining pieces. The next shard to find is back at The Sedgewick Hotel, but pyro maniacal ghosts called Nocnitse have set the hotel on fire. The Ghostbusters work their way through the hotel and eventually capture the Nocnitse leader, collecting another shard.

Geoff drives the Ghostbusters back to headquarters, but along the way, they fight more ghosts that are attracted to the shards, including gargoyles from the cemetery, and the mood slime that have oozed through the cracks in the streets. The street collapses, and the Ghostbusters continue on foot through the sewers where they fight Arachnid Manifestations (ghost spiders) and a Spider Queen. They also revisit a cemetery where they fight a giant Tomb Effigy that animates statues. After defeating the tomb, the Ghostbusters find another shard. They return to headquarters but find, to their horror, that the four shards they have collected have assembled by themselves. They go back to Parkview in search of Tesmon.

At Parkview, the Ghostbusters fight the previous bosses (except the Subway Smasher). They discover that Dr. Tesmon is Ismael McEnthol, the Cultist seeking to reunite the Relic of Nilhe, and that the boss monsters they have twice defeated were actually trying to stop him. McEnthol performs a ritual that revives Dumazu, with himself as a host. He transports himself and the Ghostbusters into the Ghost World for the final battle, which is against McEnthol and then Dumazu.

Following the defeat of the final boss, the Ghostbusters celebrate. Janosz also arrives and apologizes for his actions.

Characters[edit]

Playable[edit]

The game features a cast of Ghostbusters who were not previously featured in the movies.

  • Alan Crendall - The "powerhouse" leader of the new team. The nephew of Janosz Poha, Crendall joins the team to make amends for his uncle's actions in Ghostbusters II. He has appeared as a young boy in IDW's Ghostbusters monthly comic.
  • Samuel "Sammy" Hazer - A hotshot paranormal expert.
  • Bridget Gibbons - A "take-no-prisoners" tomboy, who joined the team in response to the magazine ad.
  • Gabriel Sitter - An African-American quantum physicist, and Egon Spengler's apprentice.

Supporting[edit]

  • Geoff - The only member of the new team that's not a playable character. Geoff is the team's car driver and mechanic.
  • Egon Spengler - He appears in the cut scenes and brings weapon upgrades.

Slimer, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, Janosz, Janine and the original team also make appearances.

Release[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (X360) 47.17%[4]
(PS3) 42.17%[5]
(PC) 38.25%[6]
Metacritic (X360) 45/100[7]
(PC) 43/100[8]
(PS3) 42/100[9]

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime received mediocre to negative reviews. Aggregate review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 version 47% and 45/100.[4][7] the PlayStation 3 version 42% and 42/100[5][9] and the PC version 38% and 43/100.[6][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saltzman, Marc (2011-03-22). "Ten things you didn't know about 'Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime'". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  2. ^ Puleo, Nicholas (2011-03-23). "Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime Co-Op Review". Co-Optimus. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  3. ^ Moore, Matt (2011-03-23). "'Ghostbusters' returns in comics, video games". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (Xbox 360)". GameRankings. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (PlayStation 3)". GameRankings. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  6. ^ a b "Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (PC)". GameRankings. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  7. ^ a b "Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime for Xbox 360 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  8. ^ a b "Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime for PC Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  9. ^ a b "Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime for PlayStation 3 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 

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