Excerpt: The traditional video game arcade has become rather difficult to come by in the UK, often the only option being the local bowling alley where the odd arcade cabinet can be found between air hockey tables, fruit machines and tuppenny pushers. Naturally, this decline is down to the advanced tech found in home consoles; the term ‘arcade-perfect’ now a lost and irrelevant one.
Excerpt: The best thing about Ghost Squad is that it's a lightgun shooter on the Wii that works. In the past few months we've had Link's Crossbow Training and Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, but neither felt like true arcade games and they lacked the gratifying point and shoot immediacy of arcade classics like Virtua Cop and Time Crisis. Ghost Squad is almost criminally short, but it's the best lightgun game on the Wii.
Excerpt: One of the last vacations my family took as a whole was to Destin Beach in Florida. The weather turned on the car trip down, and most of the long weekend was spent indoors, alternately watching television and complaining. The one bright spot was the resort's arcade, which, to my delight, had a Ghost Squad cabinet that someone had broken. The game still worked gloriously, but due to some jimmying, it no longer required the 75 cents to play.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Ghost Squad is fairly recent game, however it lives on past glories. There's not much game here compared to House of the Dead 2 & 3, but with 4 friends Ghost Squad provides hours of entertainment normally only available for a pound a time each in Alton Towers. Overdub the terrible acting with your own voice talents and it's in a "Whose Dirty Harry Is It Anyway?" league of its own.
Conclusion: That really is all that you get for your money however, and as a full release it seems to be severely lacking in content, no matter how much the wave of nostalgia partially makes up for that fact. But then, pretty much every lightgun title ever released has fallen into the same trap, and as a game that's meant to be broken out every few months for an hour or two of play, Ghost Squad fits the bill very nicely indeed.
Summary: SEGA is bringing 2005 arcade gun game Ghost Squad to the Wii, adding a number of new Wii-specific gameplay modes and using the Wiimote as a multi-purpose tool that allows players to easily control the targeting of on-screen enemies, defuse bombs, and rescue hostages.
Conclusion: Ghost Squad gives you a pretty good arcade light gun experience and at a price of $30 it's a pretty nice budget title in the US. Unfortunately the game is not a budget title in Europe - at a price of 50EUR I can't give my recommendation to this game. If this were a budget title (like in the US) I would recommend it but for a full-price game Ghost Squad lacks depth. Its singleplayer mode is way too short and the audiovisuals aren't great either.