E3 '07: Ghost Squad Hands-On

We get our Wii Zapper on in Sega's newest light gun shooter.

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Ghost Squad is one in a line of arcade light gun shooters from Sega, and soon it will be making its way to the Wii. You play a soldier in a counterterrorism unit that has to, of all things, fight terrorists. It's an on-rails shooter that presents you with a variety of terrorist thugs to shoot in the face as the game moves you through each level. We spent a bit of time with Ghost Squad at E3 2007, and here's what we found.

The most interesting thing about our time spent with Sega's Ghost Squad for the Wii wasn't actually Ghost Squad itself, believe it or not. Sega had the game set up with Nintendo's new Wii Zapper peripheral, and we got the chance to take it for a spin. With the way it's positioned, the C button effectively becomes your trigger. The controller feels good in the hand, and in Ghost Squad, we found it much easier to aim and reload with the Zapper than we had in earlier shooters that just had you pointing the remote at the screen.

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The actual gameplay seemed rather boilerplate for these types of shooters. Enemies pop up in bunches, you shoot them all dead, you keep doing that for a while, then eventually some manner of boss fight appears. The shooting had a nice feel to it (especially with the Zapper in hand), and the one boss fight we tried was actually pretty challenging, so the game isn't just a cakewalk. In this fight, you have to hold your targeting reticle on a moving helicopter long enough to get a proper target lock, and then keep that lock after launching a missile at it. Easier said than done.

One feature of note is the objectives system. At certain points in the game, you'll find yourself with an option to take one of a few different objective options. These aren't exactly going to be radically different paths or anything, but there are a few different ways to progress through a level, so you could feasibly play through the main game multiple times and do it differently each time.

One thing games like this tend not to be is a whole lot of fun without friends alongside you. The good news is that Ghost Squad will support co-op play for up to four players. Sadly, the co-op wasn't on display during our demo.

Ghost Squad didn't show a lot of flash or many unique qualities during our time playing it, but it did seem like it has the potential to be an entirely competent shooter. Those who enjoy pointing their Wii Remotes at the screen and shooting people ought to keep an eye on this one as its Q4 2007 release nears. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more on Ghost Squad as it becomes available.

Discussion

33 comments
Luwker
Luwker

I only like rail shooters on the arcade, I don't think they're worth the price to buy Maybe I'll rent this one

GS_W4RR10R_23
GS_W4RR10R_23

This game is gonna be awsome. As far as the continue option you'll probably start out with a set number of credits.

jazziey
jazziey

Awsome ive played this game on the arcrade itll be intersting 2 c how itll be on the wii....the arcade version is easy lol : P

milton7874
milton7874

i just played it today at the movie theater with my friend and it was really cool . though I wonder how they will make the continue option ... you know not having to put any coins if you die if you die at least 3 times its game over for U . If its anything like the arcade version i might just buy it.

hedfelt
hedfelt

Nice, I like games on rails, well, not all of them though

Mattinc2k6
Mattinc2k6

I LOVE rail shooters, so I'll definitely give this one a shot!

zilcher
zilcher

This game might have been good ten years ago but we've progressed since then.

wikkedclown17
wikkedclown17

stop with the rail shooters! the only rail shooter that would be acceptable to bring to wii, is the house of the dead series. nothing else!

sandman332
sandman332

this is gonna be awesome!i hope they bring more arcade games to the wii

icytower
icytower

I'll pass on this one, though I might rent it.

msudude211
msudude211

I've played this game somewhere before...

mikado01
mikado01

Dude Ghost Squad stole my life away years ago! I am SO getting this game, and the Zapper :D

NoWittyComment
NoWittyComment

I can't wait for this to come out, I really miss light gun shooters. If this does well enough, I wonder if Sega can be convinced to release Virtua Cop 3 on the Wii - or better yet, a compliation with all three Virtua Cop games.

curua02
curua02

Before the Wii came out, people were imagining all sort of peripherals that the Wiimote would snap into. I'm glad it's finally happening; the remote on it's own makes a clumsy gun, for any of the shooters I've played. I can only hope that the game will pump some "Ka-chak, ka-chak" sounds through the remote speaker. Or add kickback to the peripheral, like they do on the Time Crisis arcade cabinets.

numlockfishy
numlockfishy

House of the Dead Put it on the Wii and I will get one i miss the old on-rail arcade shooters

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

This is definitely going to get very low review scores, but I might have to try it out

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'd love an arcade shooter again. I haven't had one since Time Crisis 2!

dannyboy2443
dannyboy2443

This game is awesome in arcades, so I hope this does it justice.

SGTNAPALM
SGTNAPALM

i hope that there is an option to make the triger back to the b button on the wii mote so i can play my CoD and red steel with it.

ElvenArcher
ElvenArcher

Nintendo said the game comes with a zapper, also I've read this game can be played online as well. Weither that's leaderboards or actual online play, I don't know.

skyvader
skyvader

This new zapper looks like the bastard child of the sega menacer and the snes super scope.

murlow12
murlow12

I agree with GS that this game will likely shine in co-op, but I'm not looking forward to buying 4 zappers. I just hope this game comes bundled with one.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

The only thing that would make this great would be co-op play. Other than that it seems rather generic.

yeahdogg
yeahdogg

Let's do this Zapper shooting thing!!! (again)

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

Was that gun attachment for the NES also called the Zapper?

wiz4ha
wiz4ha

Sounds like the Zapper will be quite cool. I also like that you use the nunchuck's C button to shoot - RE:UC on display had the B button trigger of the remote as the firing method. Let's hope you'll be able to customize controls for these games. Sounding good so far though!