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Ghost Hunter is fun survival horror developed by by SCEE Cambridge in 2003. The game has a lot more humor and less violence than the average survival horror, earning it a T for Blood and Violence, when the usual Survival Horror is rated at least M. Like the Fatal Frame series, it's unusual in pursuing ghosts instead of zombies or Body Horror monsters.Made IGN's list of The Top 10 Best Looking PS2 games of all time.Play alternates between snarky police officer Lazarus Jones and Astral, a spirit girl. Astral can only summoned at special circles. Astral is cute but mute.Play through a wide variety of well-modeled, well-textured detailed environments. Abandoned high-school, ancient cemetary, three increasingly evil versions of a decrepit southern mansion, a ghost ship, haunted prison, half submerged ghost town, abandoned mine, swamp complete with ghostly redneck snipers, and a military complex littered with old corpses and their lively ghosts.Use firepower, capture ghosts with a ghost grenade, solve puzzles, use stealth, snipe from cover, wade chest deep in swamps and sewers, and use Astral, the lovely spirit companion draped in a thin sheet.The music and sound effects fit the action and scenery. The music is seamlessly context sensitive. The voice acting may be the best ever in a video game.Notable Voice Actors:
Joe Morton voiced Professor Richmond as well as his younger computer incarnation, Digital Richmond. Ends up Talking to Himself in the late game.
Sir Michael Gambon voiced Sir William Hawksmoor. Sir Michael took over playing Dumbledore on the big screen. This makes Ghost Hunter one of the few games with performances by a Knight of the British Empire.
Veronica Hart (credited as Jane Hamilton) voiced both Lady de Montford and the Librarian. The Librarian is alsoturned up to eleven, even breaking into the school song.
Video modes include 16:9 ratio. Also supports Progressive Scan when booted with the X and Triangle key held down. Progressive Scan requires component cables and a TV capable of supporting it without damage. This did not prove to be a major marketing point.This game provides examples of
Abandoned Hospital - in a prison. With a ghost surgeon gliding noiselessly about in a black old-fashioned surgical gown. Snipe him from a distance and he turns and points at you, directing the guards to you. Eerie to see through the telescopic sniper scope.
After Boss Recovery - There's a secluded upper area in the Research Lab with plenty of health, and real and spirit ammo. It doesn't matter much because Lazarus dies shortly after and has almost no use for any of it.
Lazarus finds pages from Professor Richmond's notebook as the game goes along. Usually just in time to explain a new power Astral gains. This stops when Lazarus finally joins up with the Professor.
Colonel Fortesque leaves a verbal Apocalyptic Log on ancient wax cylinder phonographs scattered about the ship.
Attract Mode - Ghost Hunter features the voice of Michael Gambon booming out "There are thousands of ghost stories...into some intrude the living."
Boom, Headshot - Headshots on the redneck snipers with the sniper rifle is a one-hit kill. Headshots are rumored to be more effective vs other monsters as well.
Bridge Logic - Detective Lazarus Jones uses a sniper rifle to blow up a cabin high on a cliff face by a waterfall. The debris falls into the river, floats down and fetches up against rocks in the stream forming a bridge.
Lazarus does most of his interdimensional and intradimensional travelling through cool gates that are actually ancient doorframes. One is even used as a visual anachronism in the Research Laboratory.
Lazarus turns a painting in the Weird DeMontford mansion into a portal to the Evil DeMontford mansion. Whereupon it becomes a Cool Gate. On the other side the portal is a plain doorway standing in the open, through which the interior of the mansion can be seen.
Britain's first and (so far) only military dictator,"
known as "Lord Protector"
Fission Mailed - When Lord Hawksmoor has you realise that there is absolutely no way out of your predicament, and possesses your partner to shoot you dead, the game returns silently and sadly to the main screen. Then the computer AI that's been guiding you on the game, and is present on the main screen, speaks up. And possesses a robot with a giant chaingun. And sets about fixing the problem and reviving the main character.
Sir Michael Gambon voices the Big Bad wizard in Ghost Hunter. Currently Sir Michael is playing Albus Dumbledore on the big screen.
Rob Paulsen voiced Lazarus Jones. Rob is best known for Pinky, in Pinky and the Brain. His trademark adlibs show up in the game.
Hyperspace Arsenal - Averted. The main character picks up five or six weapons over the course of the game, and carries them in various holsters and slings on his body. it never affects his aim, of course.
Living Statue: Lazarus encounters a statue of a man fighting an alligator near a cemetary. The final phase of the boss fight for that level takes place there involving a giant man fighting a giant alligator.
Come on, a spoiler tag? Anyone that's been on this site for more than ten minutes can guess who that is and why.
Mirror World - Ghost Hunter has two different versions of the DeMontford Mansion. There's a Weird version and an Evil version, so named in the save file titles. There's also a normal version, but only a few rooms of it are visited.
Sir William Hawksmoor, voiced by Sir Michael Gambon, seems to move like Gambon, down to his characteristic stoop.
Oh, Crap - Fortesque's final words. He's just killed his opponent, then notices the dagger fatally stuck into his stomach. "Oh, Arse."
Painting the Medium - Leave the game on the select screen long enough and one of the ghosts flitting about will come up to the screen and audibly tap on it to get the player's attention.
Panty Shot - Lazarus can maneuver to see up the ghost Librarian's granny skirt as she floats through Hawksmoor's castle lecturing. There's nothing inside.
Portal Picture - Lazarus turns a painting in the Weird DeMontford mansion into a portal to the Evil DeMontford mansion. Whereupon it becomes a Cool Gate, with different exterior on one side than on the other.
Zoetrope projection lamp in christmas tree room in the DeMontford Mansion.
Lights when a ghost is captured.
Scenery Object Modeling Porn
the parlor at the DeMontford Mansion.
Anywhere Lazarus has been firing his Glock. Rapid-fire gives a waterfall of spent shells. They glitter as they litter the ground.
Lazarus portable armory.
The ship's cargo hold. - Tanks, trucks, forklifts, crates, barrels, sandbags, etc.
Reckless Gun Usage: HOLY CRAP, LAZARUS. In his introductory cutscene he points his gun at his partner, then after they enter the building he keeps it in his hand, waving it around. While there's no indication as to whether the safety is on or not, one would think that as a cop he would know better.