Game Boy Advance
|Genre(s)||Hack and Slash|
Ghost Rider is a third-person, hack and slash game released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Game Boy Advance based on the movie of the same name, released worldwide in February 2007. An Xbox version of this game was originally planned for release, but it was canceled.
The game’s storyline is drawn from the movie and was penned by Marvel writers Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti. Players can play as Ghost Rider both on foot, or on the Hell cycle. The villains are from both the movie and the comic, including Scarecrow, Deathwatch, Lilith.
The game received mixed reviews for PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance and very mixed to negative reviews for PlayStation Portable.
Mephisto tells Vengeance to bring the Ghost Rider to him. Vengeance pursues Johnny on his Hellcycle and captures him, opening a fiery portal to Hell in midair. In a fit of rage, Johnny becomes the Rider.
Eventually, he reaches the Gates of Hell. However, Mephisto appears and prevents his escape. He explains to Johnny that he is losing his grip on his demons, which are escaping Hell and rampaging on the surface and, if not stopped, could trigger the Apocalypse. If his army cannot be kept under control, the Angels of Heaven have threatened to subsume Mephisto’s kingdom.
The Caretaker/Phantom Rider arrives, accompanied by the dhampir vampire-hunter Blade to help Ghost Rider. They tell the Rider that Blackout has joined forces with Deathwatch and his demons to steal military hardware. Johnny travels to and ultimately kills Blackout while Blade finds and hides Blackheart’s body.
Caught off guard, Ghost Rider discovers that Roxanne has been kidnapped by Scarecrow. Having beaten him and saved Roxanne, Johnny is directed – by Scarecrow – to the carnival where his father was killed. There, he meets Mephisto, who reveals that he was against the Rider all along.
To summon a portal to Hell and usher in the Apocalypse (but knowing that any efforts using demons would have been thwarted by the Angels), Mephisto sent Ghost Rider on his quest so that the hellfire of his cycle would inscribe the massive geoglyph necessary to summon the portal.
After the explanation, Blackheart, whose body was supposed to be hidden by Blade, manages to reawaken itself and escape to find Ghost Rider’s and Mephisto’s whereabouts. He immediately grows immensely powerful—though is taken down by Johnny. After which, Mephisto then disappears with Blackheart’s body and Johnny reunites with Roxanne.