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SDCC: First Look at Ghostbusters the Video Game
It's almost time for you to suit up!
By Robert T. Trate
August 01, 2008
If you could navigate the video game aisle at the San Diego Comic Con you might have had a chance to see the Ghostbusters ladies. Dressed as scantly clad versions of Egon, Stantz, Venkman and Spengler these beauties seemed as if out of some bizarre man’s fantasy. Yes, sir they were definitely a sight to be seen. The real thing to behold, however, was behind them. Somehow the Nerdvana gods have smiled upon us and given us the closest thing to a third Ghostbusters movie: a Ghostbusters video game. Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson are all back (well, their voices anyway) and they are letting us in on the adventure.
In the story of the game the Ghostbusters have become part of the New York City’s civil services (under the direction of Walter Peck). Once again there is something big on the horizon and they have to unravel what it is before it’s too late. In a script penned by Ramis and Aykroyd, you are the newest member of the Ghostbusters and their new point man on busting ghosts. So when the call comes in you hop in the Ecto-1 with the guys and you are the first one through the door.
There will be several recognizable environments from the two films but there is plenty of new material for this unofficial sequel. You will go back and try to catch Slimer at that hotel. Plus, you’ll go after the very first ghost the guys didn’t capture at the New York Public Library. Eleanor Twitty is the ghost you are after because in her possession the Gozer Codex. With a name like that it probably means that Gozer the Gozarian is back.
Now, as the new crew member on the Ghostbusters you have to try out all the new equipment that Egon and Ray have developed. You are the go to guy in the game and your play is based on the strategies that the other Ghostbusters come up with.
There will be mini missions in the larger missions to keep the game play moving along with the story. The game will constantly deliver either something funny or something scary throughout each level. It is a full interactive game and anything from the smallest book, table and chandelier is destructible. The game play has a look and feel realistic for the Ghostbusters Universe.
The multiple player option will be for Xbox Live and Playstation Network where you complete against each other for high score. The Wii and Playstation 2 versions will have slightly different, more stylized versions of the game. Both of those systems will have a split screen co-op version. The Nintendo DS is the only version where you can play as all four Ghostbusters based on the icon you choose. There will also be an option where you can drive around town in the Ecto-1. The big games will not have the sandbox feature to keep those games more cinematic.