Ghost Rider

Format: PS2
2K Games

5 026555 305686
Age Restrictions: 12+
23 February 2007

Ghost Rider feature film follows superstar motorcycle stunt rider Johnny Blaze as he strikes a deal with the vile Mephistopheles for the most precious of commodities - his immortal soul. Now Johnny Blaze is forever destined to ride night after night as the host to the powerful supernatural entity known as the Ghost Rider. The video game continues the storyline, dropping players into the role of Blaze as he is transformed into a super hero with powers to avenge any evil he encounters...

For those that don't know the back story to Ghost Rider... In a nutshell, Johnny Blaze's soul is locked in perpetual servitude. His mission, as he lights up the night skies as his alter ego, the Ghost Rider, is to protect the innocents by bringing evil villains to justice.

Ghost Rider's conversion to video games is, on the whole, more of a hit than a miss. While it's far from perfect, there's enough here to keep you coming back for more - even when you've completed it.

There are two main gaming levels here. You can run around, beating up anything that moves as Ghost Rider (in a Devil May Cry clone), and you can zip around the bike levels, where you must negotiate the terrain, whilst killing hoards of bad guys.

There's plenty of unlockable content too. You can power up your abilities, as well as unlock Making of footage, pages from the Ghost Rider comics, and tons of other quality stuff.

The only real problem is that there's very little in the way of variety. Yes, you get to switch between the two distinct levels of gameplay but there's very little difference between the monsters that attack you. And, to add insult to injury, you find yourself backtracking in the environments in a bid by the developers to make the world seem bigger than it actually is.

On the whole this is a pretty enjoyable game. Okay, it gets a little too repetitive a little too quickly and you'll be able to finish this is over a lazy afternoon but, for a short time at least, it's pretty addictive. This is one of those games that you'll play, complete and then get out of the cupboard months later to play again.

Nick Smithson

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