I’ve not written a video game review for this blog before, so bear with me. I’m in the process of playing through Ghostbusters: The Video Game on my computer. So far, I am having what some people on the Internet call a Geek-overload. When I purchased the game from Amazon.com for 27.99 I was not expecting much. What I’ve gotten for that asking price has been so worth it.
Aside from a horrendous install time, when the old school Columbia Pictures logo started playing I was sent back to being a wide-eyed seven year old watching the first film on VHS. Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II are two of my absolute favorite films. To be able to join the team and take down the Ghost Lady in the New York Public Library or the StayPuft Marshmallow Man is just too damn awesome for me.
It is a testament that everyone from Bill Murray to Annie Potts to Ernie Hudsoncame back (with the sad exceptions of Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver) to reprise their roles. The gameplay, while a tad repetitive, is still incredibly satisfying. Wrangling ghosts into traps really does help you feel like a damn Ghostbuster and that is really great. Terminal Reality clearly loves the franchise as much as I do. It’s a shame that in real life the actors have largely become doughy shadows of their former selves (lookinga t you Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis) and that Bill Murray had to have him arm twisted to reprise the beloved Peter Venkman.
I wish the graphics were a little more polished, some of the Ghostbuster’s animations are a bit stiff. The physics engine also has a weightless feel. However, the game has proven very engrossing and highly entertaining. It may not appeal to a wide audience but Ghostbusters fans owe it to themeselves to try this game out. I wish the PC version had multiplayer to extend the replay value but I definitely got by 27.99 worth out of the game so far.
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