Excerpt: Ghost Rider isn’t exactly one of Marvel’s most recognised brands, although with a movie release gaining more exposure for the character, here comes the inevitable gaming adaptation, one which should flatter the likes of Devil May Cry, God of War and Road Rash, for simply aping their play elements.
Conclusion: In all honestly, Ghost Rider isn’t that bad. It would be cruel to say that there haven’t been worse attempts than this, and there’s always a lingering feeling that this might not actually be that bad a game if it wasn’t so painfully easy, clocking in at about five meagre hours of tiresome, repetition.
Excerpt: It's another superhero movie tie-in that isn't that good. Alright? Yes I know I should really go through and examine every part of the game before giving you the conclusion, but you knew where this was going when you started reading it, didn't you? Mind you, Ghost Rider isn't a complete disaster; it's just a long was from being great.
Summary: Forgettable doesn't begin to describe this game. A game based on Ghost Rider deserves more than slapping together a derivative beat-'em-up with a flaming-skulled biker as its key character. This game is
in name only and stands as the grossest example of wasted potential. While Ghost Rider may avenge the blood of the innocent, the only thing I can offer to avenge the loss of cash from even renting this disc-full-of-boredom is the advice to avoid it at all costs.
Excerpt: Many gamers are “into” comic book series such as Spiderman, Superman and various obscure publications as well as manga and other Japanese titles. I just don’t see the appeal, Pokemon was perhaps the closest I got but that was a long time ago. So when Ghost Rider for the PS2 dropped onto my desk, a little researching had to be done to find out exactly what this game is about.
Excerpt: The movie did very well at the box office, as theater-goers everywhere flocked to check out the stuntman with a new flaming skull and a cool attitude. "Ghost Rider" was a hit as a film, but we had our reservations regarding the video game...after all, based on the last quarter-century (it basically started with "E.T.") of gaming, how can you blame us?
Summary: Ghost Rider offers a unique combination of high impact combat and motorcycle action. Johnny Blaze is Ghost Rider, destined to haunt America’s highways, visiting his righteous wrath upon the souls of the wicked and the damned.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: This is everything that is wrong with film licences - nay, everything that is wrong with games as a whole. Derived from two of the greatest examples of the genre, you would expect Ghost Rider to at least be a bit fun. Well it isn't. Poorly implemented, boring, drab and uninspired: Blaze needs to Ghost Ride his whip all the way to the bin.