Ghostbusters: The Video Game

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This page is for the 2009 game. For the 2016 game, see Ghostbusters (2016). For the 2019 remaster, see Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Ghostbusters: The Video Game cover
Terminal Reality
Infernal Engine
Release dates
Windows June 16, 2009
Metacritic 74
Ghostbusters: The Video Game on IGDB
Ghostbusters: The Video Game guide on StrategyWiki
Ghostbusters: The Video Game on MobyGames
Ghostbusters: The Video Game on Wikipedia
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Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered 2019

Key points

PC version lacks the console versions' multiplayer.[1]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Requires online activation
SecuROM 7 and SecuROM PA DRM.
Requires online activation
SecuROM PA DRM. Incorrectly described as DRM-free on the store page.[2]
Steam (unavailable)
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Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\video\
  2. Delete or rename loading.ogv and logo.ogv.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9870/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GHOSTBUSTERS (tm)\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9870/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Possible, but essentially unusable.
Almost all prompts and UI outside of the Proton Pack are cropped at the top and bottom halves of the screen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.
settings.ini also contains an option for SSAO


Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Open the Display menu and select "Windowed Mode" and "Force Override".
  4. Set the preferred window style and close the Control Panel.
  5. Press Ctrl+ Shift+O to toggle Special K's On-Screen Display.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Set higher AA[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.ini.
  3. Change antiAliasMultipleX=1 to antiAliasMultipleX=2.
  4. Change antiAliasMultipleY=1 to antiAliasMultipleY=2.
  5. Higher values are not recommended as they are extremely taxing even on powerful hardware.

High frame rate[edit]

Remove FPS limit[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.ini.
  3. Change lockTo30Hz=1 to lockTo30Hz=0.
  4. Change lockTo60Hz=1 to lockTo60Hz=0.
  5. See Issues fixed to set the screen refresh rate.


Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Game not launching in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10[edit]

This issue is most likely caused by a controller being plugged into your computer.
Unplug controller[citation needed]
  1. Unplug the controller from your PC before launching the game


If you'd like to use a controller while playing, wait until the game has completely loaded and plug it back in.
The Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers are not affected by this issue.
Some players have reported adding the -safe launch option in Steam has worked as well.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\ghost_w32.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel or AMD Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8400
ATI Radeon X1300
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/9870/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (9870) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.