Ghostbusters was a hugely popular movie in the 80’s, and while the sequel wasn’t quite as good as the original, there were plans to make a third movie with the original cast. That never happened of course and instead, a sort of sequel appeared in video game format as Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009. This game featured many of the original cast as well as their voices, as well as a story written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The final product was a game that was very much in the spirit of the original Ghostbusters that pleased many fans.
Fast forward to October 2019 and a remastered version was released for a whole new generation of gamers in the form of Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered.
Remastered by Saber Interactive, Ghostbusters: the Video Game Remastered is an HD re-release of the original game from the 90’s. It features all the original cast, their likeness, and voices, as well as the original game fully intact. Nothing has really changed aside from the remastered art for current-gen consoles.
In case you never played this in the 90’s or when it came out last year, Ghostbusters: The Video Game takes place two years after Ghostbusters 2. Instead of playing as one of the main characters though, you play as a new hire dubbed, the Rookie. You don’t have a speaking role, but the whole story plays out from your point of view. Basically, you get to live out your dreams of being a Ghostbuster while working with the original crew.
Ghostbusters is a 3rd person “shooter” for the most part. You play in an over the shoulder view and your “hud” is all confined to the Proton Pack. It’s an interesting way to confine all the info you need to something visual on your character that doesn’t block up portions of your screen like a regular hud would.
Combat in the game is exactly like it was in the original. Nothing has changed. Basically, you have to shoot ghosts until their PK energy drops. Then you have to toss out a trap and then lasso the ghosts. Get them good and tired by slamming them and you can drag them into the trap’s capture field. This is for the most part how most of the combat goes with you and the other Ghostbusters working together. The combat feels very authentic and very true to the movies.
If you’re a fan of the original Ghostbusters movie and cast, you’re going to love Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered. In fact, you owe it to yourself to play it if you have never played the original version of the game. This game is very much in the spirit of the original movies and it also helps that the story was written by both Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. I love that many of the original cast are featured in the game in both likeness and their voices.
With that said, this is the best Ghostbusters game ever made and while a lot of “movie” games from that time weren’t very good, this was the exception. Even now, 11-years since its original release, the game still holds up quite well and is still worth playing.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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