It is refreshing to turn the tables and become a poltergeist within the playground of Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed. This 4v1 asymmetrical horror game pits the standard four-person squad of Ghostbusters against one spook throughout a variety of maps. If a player doesn’t know what they’re doing as a ghost, then a match can become a chore. Not to mention, they will be fried by particle streams at every turn. Playing as a ghost comes with its own rules and regulations which are very different than being a buster. It can take some getting used to, but haunting a map can be a fun and rewarding experience once you know the right moves.
There is a lot to look after when haunting a building. Players will need to protect rifts, possess items, scare citizens, and even fight against the Ghostbusters. In order to be an effective poltergeist, one must know how to get their priorities straight. This is definitely a balancing act and it will take some trial and error to get the hang of it. Needless to say, playing as a ghost is never “boring.” There is always something to do and a myriad of ways a match can go.
So, the main goal when haunting a building is to fill up the ‘haunt meter‘ that’s on top of the screen. There are several ways to do this. Slime citizens, possess furniture and detonating rifts are the major outlets to take for this objective. There are several ghosts to choose from. Players can gain access to them through Tobin’s Spirit Guide in Ray’s Occult Book Store. There are several classes to choose from, and each comes with a variety of skins. They all come with the same basic movement. However, their stats and special moves vary according to their class.
Drift The Rifts
So, at the start of every match, there will be three rifts placed in the same spot on every map by default. The first thing players will want to do is find them and relocate them. You can hide your rift in any object throughout the map. So, it is up to your discretion. The best way to hide them is to place a rift in a high and awkward position. A place that will funnel the busters to them can be easy to attack. Try and avoid big and open rooms because it will make it easier for the busters to surround the rift and destroy it.
In tight situations, players can also manually detonate rifts. This can be risky because this means you will sever having a respawn point. However, the haunting meter will go up exponentially. So, there is a trade-off that players will need to decide upon during a match. Of course, setting up traps around a rift is also recommended. Every class of ghost in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed has the option of either; hiding minions or summoning them. Your best bet is hiding minions in furniture near a rift, which will keep the busters busy whenever they happen to find one.
Possess To Your Advantage
Every ghost in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed comes with basic possessing powers. This feature is more powerful than most players realize. Not only do they help with the haunting metrics, but there are also some hidden nuances to it. Try and look for a room that is full of loose furniture. A cafe, study, or even bar works best. Possess every chair, table, and ornament within. After doing this, hide into an object. If a buster wanders in, their PKE meter will be going haywire and they won’t be able to pinpoint you. At this moment, either; ambush them, sneak out or, if the timing is right, disable their proton packs.
Some ghosts even have the power to possess people. If you want to do this, try not to make it too obvious. Their animations look like when the citizens are panicking. So, usually at the end of a match, there will be NPCs running around scared. Therefore, this will be the best time to possess a human, because you will blend right in. The more people are scared, the better. The busters won’t be able to tell the difference among the chaos if you play your cards right. You can even run out the clock by using this method.
The most common form of attack as a spirit in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is by sliming. Ghosts can “slime” the Ghostbusters through either a; melee attack, projectile attack, or dashing through them. There is no way to permanently take out a buster in this game. All four busters will be on your tail throughout the entire match. The best you can do is incapacitate them and re-position yourself. Sliming will both slow down the busters and gunk up their vision for a short period of time.
To add insult to injury, ghosts can also disable their packs when they are down. Which will set them back even longer. One trick that many players overlook is that ghosts can also steal traps. Once they’re out of juice, you will be free to pick up a trap and move it to out-of-reach places. This can really trip up a buster if you do this. Every ghost also comes with an ‘ultimate move‘ that can dish out massive damage. This is best used when all four busters are grouped together. It will take them all down simultaneously. So, be careful when using it, because the cooldown period takes a while.
Playing as a ghost in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed can be tricky at first, but there is some fun to be had once players get the hang of it. It doesn’t take long to unlock the different ghost classes in Tobin’s Spirit Guide. Try each one out and stick to the one that gels with you the most as a player. Thus, every map is varied enough to offer a unique experience while haunting. Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is now available for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC.