Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins Review

Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins is a flashback to the classic side-scroller games of yore. Oh the levels may look colorful, detailed, and 3D, but once you start playing youíll see that this game is definitely from video gamingís Middle Ages. Weíre talking jumping, shooting, side-scrolling, rescue the princess gameplay here. This in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing as these kinds of games can be fun in their own right, but what really hurts Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins is that it is one frustrating game.

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First of all the game is just plain difficult. Enemies come at you in all directions but you can only throw your weapons left, right, or up and your character moves with the grace of a hippo stuck in peanut butter. Making matters worse it only takes a couple of hits to kill you. Jumps are difficult to align, sometimes blind, and you canít control your character at all once heís in the air. Donít be surprised if you lose every last one of your lives trying to jump the same gap. The game does try to give you some control over the level of difficulty, but the three levels have a slight effect on the frenzy of enemy attacks and where you are brought back to life after dying Ė the hardest difficulty level will send you back to the beginning of the level each time you die! However, the difficulty levels donít give you any help in terms of control or make the jumps any easier.

There are various power-ups to be had and you can gain the ability to cast spells that make it easier for you to take out enemies. These do add a bit more variety and some much needed help to the game, but none of them are powerful enough or last long enough to give you more than a brief respite from your frustrations.

Maybe the game was made so difficult to disguise the fact that it is actually pretty short. You may not notice that there are only six levels in the game when you get stuck playing the same one over and over again. Perhaps those gamers who really enjoyed the old Ghosts Ďn Goblin games will relish an opportunity to experience some nostalgia on their PSPs, but most gamers will quickly tire of this frustrating blast from the blast.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 65%.  Ultimately frustrating to all but the most devout fans of Ghosts ní Goblins games past.


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