Ghostbusters: The Video Game Preview
Vivendi seems rather poised on resurrecting classic 80s flicks, and giving them videogame sequels. While their Scarface effort was rather offensive (to me, at least), their upcoming Ghostbusters game is a much more welcome approach. After all, nobody of extreme relevance really died in Ghostbusters, like, you know, a lead role. My resentment for Scarface: The World is Yours aside, the upcoming Ghostbusters looks to be a really promising game.
It's been close to 20 years since Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson last came together to battle the undead and possessed. And in this videogame adaptation, the quad are returning to battle monsters that are both new and old. The special thing about this upcoming adventure is that, just like the movies, it's written by Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, as well as Rick Moranis. Moreover, the ensemble from the movies who will lend their voices and likenesses to the game include: Annie Potts, Brian Doyle Murray (Bill Murray's brother), and William Atherton.
Of course, the game takes place in New York City, and you will be equipped with a variety of ghost-fighting weapons and gadgets. You'll have to hunt, eliminate, and even capture the supernatural opponents you come across in the game - and there will be many of them.
"Sierra Entertainment is extremely excited to not only deliver fans, old and new, this next chapter in the Ghostbusters universe, but to allow them inside the universe for the first time," said Martin Tremblay, president, Worldwide Studios for Sierra Entertainment. "Our collaboration alongside Terminal Reality and Red Fly Studios also includes working closely with the team at Sony Pictures Consumer Products. Together we will create the ultimate Ghostbusters experience, full of the characters, ghosts and other paranormal creatures so many have come to adore over the years."
The story of the game revolves around another supernatural invasion of Manhattan. This time, there are more monsters than before, so original Ghostbusters gang will need a new recruit - and that'll be you. So, armed with their high tech gadgetry, your character will be suited up to help get rid of these creatures once and for all...or for the time being.
If you're hoping to hop into the shoes of one of the main characters from the movies, the screenshots indicate that you will be able to do so. Let's hope that such is the case, because being limited to only controlling an unknown character would really suck. I've always wanted to know what it feels like to be in Bill Murray's shoes, and this may be my closest opportunity - so don't ruin it for me, Sierra and Terminal Reality.
Ghostbusters The Video Game will arrive on practically every living console, including: the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS. The next-generation and PC versions are all built from the ground-up and will not share the same engines with the outdated hardware, as they are developed by two separate studios. The next-gen games are being developed by Terminal Reality, and the other ports by Red Fly Studios.
There's still more info out there, though unfortunately Sierra has been tight-lipped for now. We've heard online gameplay will be happening, but player specifics isn't known just yet. More info should begin coming our way this Spring and Summer, while the is set for a Fall 2008 release.
1/21/2008 Arnold Katayev