By Ryan Penagos
The Spirit of Vengeance may start tearing up movie theaters with the film's February 16 release, but Ol' Flamehead gets things cooking on February 13 with his brand new video game.
Developed by game vets Climax (Sudeki) and published by 2K Games, Ghost Rider screams onto PS2, PSP and GBA with a fiery mix of beat-'em-up combat and motorcycle action.
Whether you're a fan of the comics or dig the movie version, Ghost Rider has you covered! The game's storyline picks up where the movie leaves off and is penned by fan-favorite comic writers Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti! Under their direction, the game steers players through a number of intense locations, from the Quentin Carnival and Caretaker's Graveyard, to the skyscraper that links Earth to the depths of Hell.
After you're pulled in by the game's story, get ready for some wild action as you wield Ghost Rider's Penance Stare, hellfire chain and hellfire shotgun to take on enemies in combo-heavy combat. And when you're not taking on the minions of hell in hand-to-hand battles, hop on the Hell Cycle for some Road-Rash-style gameplay. Swing your chain and use the bike's powers: ride on water, boost over jumps, power down under obstacles to take down enemies.
If you enjoyed the upgrade system in Marvel Ultimate Alliance, you'll also dig Ghost Rider's upgrade system which allows you to beef up and improve the Hell Cycle and Hellfire Chain, as well as gain new moves and stat increases using the essence of defeated foes as fuel. Be sure to keep Ghost Rider in top shape as he'll be taking on classic comic villains throughout the game.
As you play through the game, you'll also unlock numerous extra features and additions including artwork, bonus characters, interviews and more that'll keep you digging for more. And just for PSP players, there'll be new gameplay modes, including Wi-Fi multiplayer and motorcycle deathmatch for up to 4 players.
Check out this selection of screenshots and get ready to roll with Ghost Rider on PS2, PSP and GBA.