Title: Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime

Platform: XBLA (PSN, PC)


Publisher: Atari

Developer: Behaviour

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Review by: Eric Stuckart

Since 2009, Ghostbusters: The Game has been sitting on my ‘to do’ list for quite some time, as I heard that while it might not be the greatest game out there, it had enough spirit and character to stir up the nostalgia factor and be a decent title to purchase once the price came down. That being said, when I heard that Sanctum of Slime, a sequel of sorts, was being released as a downloadable twin stick shooter, I was already losing hope. I’m sure that Atari probably lost a little bit of money with the last one, as it wasn’t exactly a high-profile release, let alone the type that would be demanding sales, but it wasn’t that bad, was it? (more…)


Company: SplitReason


Review by: Bill Jones

Breaking away from the single-product reviews for a moment, Pads & Panels is happy to present its first “company review,” and with good reason. Fashionably late to the party, we stumbled upon SplitReason several months ago, though the Vancouver-based web company has been around since 2003. Its slogan is “Gear for Geeks and Gamers,” and we were immediately sold on several of the t-shirt designs highlighted on the main page, featuring everything from the trademark Half-Life crowbar, to a design combining Ghostbusters and Pac-Man. After touching base with Brian Penner, who heads the site and contributes many of its t-shirt designs, he was kind enough to offer us $75 in credit to sample and review items from the site, as well as get the experience of shopping on the store, because SplitReason does its best to cater to us nerds. (more…)


Title: Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Platform: 360 (Also on PS3, PC, PS2, Wii, DS, PSP)

ESRB Rating: T

Publisher: Atari

Developer: Terminal Reality, Threewave Software

Rating: ★★★½☆

Review by: Kevin Haverty

After a stop-and-go development process that saw involvement from several publishers and developers, Atari finally picked up the ball to release Ghostbusters: The Video Game. The script, penned by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, follows an unnamed new recruit as he joins the Ghostbusters. Gamers take control of this fifth Ghostbuster alongside Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston (voiced by the original cast) to bust ghosts like Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and new main baddie ,Ivo Shandor, in third-person action. The script is funny at times, but many lines sound forced and unnatural. (more…)


ghostbustersboxTitle: Ghostbusters

Edition: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray

Director: Ivan Reitman

Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis

Producers: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Columbia Pictures

Film Rating: ★★★★★

Blu-ray Features Rating: ★★★½☆

Review by: Bill Jones

The Film

Ghostbusters was the epitome of the action-comedy (and horror) of its time, and holds up against the best in modern cinema. Its dialogue makes subtle riffs on the ridiculous situations in the film, and the performances of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in their prime make it one of the classics of a generation. (more…)