So, I love shooting games, especially old arcade games like the "Virtua
Cop" series by SEGA. One of SEGA's more recent arcade games,
"Ghost Squad", came out on the Wii a few weeks ago, so I decided to
drop the $30 to add it to my collection, and it's quite a mixed bag.
The main thing you need to know about "Ghost Squad" is that you
can play through the "entire" game in about 20 minutes. That's
right--start to finish, you can play this whole game faster than you
can watch a DVD episode of "The Simpsons" (22 minutes). For
some people, that's a good thing; for others, you want a little
more, and the replay value in "Ghost Squad" comes through various
unlockables by playing through the game multiple times to earn
Experience Points, which help you unlock different game modes, new
weapons (you start with only an assault rifle but can access more
than 20 different weapons eventually), and different branching
routes to the three main levels. There's probably 5-8 hours of
play time here to unlock everything, which might be helpful should
you decide to play through the 20-minute game again later.
The graphics in this game, though, look bad compared to anything
else I have played on the Wii, and are crushed by even the worst
games on my 360. Clearly, no one has updated the 2003 code of
this arcade release, and it shows, especially on your high-end TVs.
Also, the sounds isn't so great either. But, as a party game
or just a thing to do while your dinner is cooking in the oven,
"Ghost Squad" is a nice quickie to add to your collection if you
like shooting games.
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience