It has been 20 years since a new Ghostbusters movie was shown on the big screen. While Ghostbusters III is still a long way away (if it is even coming at all), Ghostbusters: The Video Game is looking to extend the storyline of the movies.
However, the game went through some turbulent times as well. Sierra Entertainment was set to publish Ghostbusters: The Video Game until they were bought out by Activision Blizzard, who then dropped the promising title. Fortunately, Atari quickly jumped in to pick up the publishing slack.
So is the amount of effort to complete this ambitious game worth it? Find out in this preview of Ghostbusters: The Video Game for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PC, PSP, Playstation 2, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game takes place two years after the movie, Ghostbusters II. In Manhattan during Thanksgiving of 1991, you play as a new member to team who must investigate the rising amount of paranormal sightings. Ghostbusters: The Video Game is definitely canon as many people who were involved with the movies are contributing to the game.
The cartoon-like visuals in Ghostbusters: The Video Game perfectly matches the essence in the Ghostbusters saga. The streams from the proton packs are especially well done.
Some of the cast from the original movies will return by giving their voice to Ghostbusters: The Video Game. The list includes Annie Potts, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Ernie Hudson and William Atherton.
As expected, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is a third-person shooter.
Your arsenal of weapons includes the famous proton packs in addition to several nifty tools to deal with your enemies. For example, the Stasis Stream will slow down the enemy. You can also upgrade your weapon from the cash you get by defeating the enemy in order to make you even more powerful.
You and your team will hunt down more than fifty spirits in Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Using the PKE Meter, you can scan the enemies to reveal weakness in addition to provide some back story. It is similar to the PokÃ©dex device found in the PokÃ©mon video games.
Finally, you can take breaks from the dangerous ghost hunts by playing some mini-games in your base.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game also includes online modes for up to four players. You will be able to rank up as well.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is looking like a great experience for fans of the movies. It will be released in June for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PC, PSP, Playstation 2, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.