The Good, The Bad and The Most Terrifying Ghosts in Video Games

We Celebrate National Ghost Hunting Day With The Ghosts of Gaming

Welcome, fellow Ghostbusters! With October comes that traditionally spooky time of year, but before we get there, we first commemorate National Ghost Hunting Day on September 30th. To celebrate, we’re taking a look at some of gamings most famous, and infamous, ghosts. We’ll start off easy with a look at five friendly ghosts, then we’ll look at five bad ghosts and finally, we’ll look at five ghosts that’ll scare the digital pants off you. Grab your proton-pack and let’s go hunt some ghosts!

The Good

These first five ghosts are generally friendly, or at least reluctantly helpful.

Ronan O’Connor (Murdered: Soul Suspect)

Ronan O’Connor was in pursuit of the notorious Bell Killer before becoming yet another victim of the said murderer. Now, before he can pass on, he must figure out who the Bell Killer is and stop him. The concept of Murdered: Soul Suspect was fantastic, but the execution needed a little work. This is one ghostly game that deserves a sequel.

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Wrinkly Kong (Donkey Kong 64)

Wrinkly Kong is Donkey Kong’s Grandma. She’s appeared in a number of Donkey Kong games, starting with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, however, that was when she was still alive! It turns out, she passed away after Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! and has since been haunting Donkey Kong games (in a helpful way) ever since – starting with Donkey Kong 64.

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Slimer (Ghostbusters: The Video Game)

Slimer has been a recurring character in the Ghostbuster franchise, both the movies and games. While he’s not exactly a good guy – he definitely seems to have found his place among the Ghostbusters team. It’s only a matter of time until this guy gets a starring role in his own video game; he’s just waiting for his time to “slime”!

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John Raimi (Geist)

The GameCube classic game, Geist, was an absolute treat for the few of us who actually played it. In Geist, you assume the role of John Raimi who is killed and turned into a poltergeist. You’ll use your ghostly abilities to solve puzzles and bring the fight to the nefarious Volks Corporation. The game ends with a memorable and clever final boss fight. Definitely another ghostly game that deserves a sequel!

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Aiden (Beyond: Two Souls)

Aiden is a poltergeist type entity that has become tethered to his twin sister, Jodie Holmes. Throughout Beyond: Two Souls, you’ll control both Jodie and Aiden to solve various situations. I imagine it must be nice having a guardian ghost helping out – just think of how fast you could make your bed each morning!

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Check out page 2 for bad ghosts…