Saturday, January 16, 2010

Review: Ghostbusters the Game

Ghostbusters came out in Summer 2009 with big expectations, mostly because of the creative team behind it and the often-touted physics engine powering the action. The game allowed you to leave your mark all over the virtual New York with the proton pack in all its glory. That, and somehow, the original actors from the movies were recruited to do the voices of their characters - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson...even Annie Potts as Janine and William Atherton as Walter Peck are involved. With Aykroyd and Ramis penning the story, the experience is ultimately something like Ghostbusters 3 in game form, and despite how often games based on movie franchises can suck, this one doesn't. In fact, it captures the spirit of the movies remarkably well, and its main shortcomings are in the gameplay, not in the translation from one medium to another.