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Ghostbusters: The Game details revealed

Ghostbusters: The Game details revealed

The core cast is all signed on for the new Ghostbusters game, except for Sigourney Weaver.

The announcement of a new Ghostbusters movie has got every geek on the planet quivering with pure, childlike joy and elation. It doesn't matter how cool or calm you think you are - the idea of a Ghostbusters game is surely going to rock your world. Envy the lucky folks at IGN Australia then, who got to go hands on with an early build of the game and came back with a few details.

First, the good news.

For one, both Harold Ramis (who played Egon) and Dan Ackroyd (who played Ray) who wrote the original films are signed on. The pair are apparently very interested in working to make a whole series of new Ghostbusters games.

The engine is also pretty swanky by all reports and allows all sorts of weird ghosts to be rendered beautifully in 1080p. The hands-on apparently feature ghosts made up of rapidly swirling piles of books, which sounds pretty cool to us.

Now, the bad news.

The major blow for gamers to suffer is that there's no campaign co-op at all because the developers figured it would mess with the story of the game, though I suppose their commitment to a good plot is a good point.

The cast has also been trimmed down a little bit and Dana, who was played by Sigourney Weaver, has been cut completely and replaced with a new female lead character. The developers have said that again, they couldn't find a way to re-integrate her into the story, but the general opinion is more along the lines that they either couldn't afford the actress or that she didn't want to be involved.

Do you have high hopes for the Ghostbusters game or do you think it will be as poor as every other movie based tie-in? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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Blademrk 6th December 2007, 07:47 Quote
As a bit of a GB fan (even of the old (unrelated-to-the-film) 1980's Filmation GB cartoon series based on earlier 70's stage show), I can't wait to find out some more about this game.

If Harold and Dan are on board, how about Bill Murray (Peter)? and Ernie Hudson (Winston)? or the ghost of John Belushi (Slimer)? :P
Joeymac 6th December 2007, 08:20 Quote
How can they not have coop. That's ridiculous. It would have been so cool to coordinate with some mates to take down a ghost.... shouting "watch your stream Venkman!!" "Let's show this bitch how we do things down town" etc etc etc etc..
A couple of people would have to hold the ghost while some one clears some space and throws down the trap. So many possibilities.
Ghostbusters are a team.
I have a horrible feeling the game will suck.
Breach 6th December 2007, 08:40 Quote
Always loved the GB!

Thought I would point out that this site http://www.gbprops.com/ has video of the game (youtube), which I compared to the stuff at the actual site ghostbustersgame.com, looks like the real deal!

Graphically it looks like it has a lot of physics involved, looks like that part wont disappoint.

Cant wait to see some demo action! I was surprised though, I didn't think the game was that done already.
Bauul 6th December 2007, 09:48 Quote
I'm sure there have been some good movie spinoffs! Like.... erm.....

Hang on, I'll think of one...

Ah ha, got it, Goldeneye on the N64, that was a great game!
Da_Rude_Baboon 6th December 2007, 10:11 Quote
I'm actually a bit disappointed that they are following the story from the film/films. With the original writers involved i would prefer an unrelated storyline within the ghostbusters world.

The Warriors was a good movie spin off, along with the Indiana Jones point and click adventures and the Chronicles of Riddick.
sub routine 6th December 2007, 10:26 Quote
the warriors was an all right movie spin off.
Florian 6th December 2007, 11:29 Quote
Joe,

as a self-proclaimed fan of the series you could at least spell the guy's name right. It's Aykroyd, not Ackroyd ;)
mmorgue 6th December 2007, 13:47 Quote
Bah - screw the multiplayer coop. Just get a rock solid, 100% single player plot and I'll be chuffed.

It seems nowadays *everything* has to be multiplayer and I think it comprimises quality and reliability of the game.

Looking forward to this.
wolff000 6th December 2007, 15:06 Quote
I agree with mmorgue that multiplayer hurts some games but Ghostbusters should have it. This is a game about a team not an individual. However they will have multiplayer versus. there was an article in a gaming magazine I just read, can't recall what mag. one u join a multiplayer vs some will be ghosts and some will be ghostbusters. they are even working on some kind of negative effect if you cross the streams. i can't wait for this game and i really hope they get it right.
steveo_mcg 6th December 2007, 15:09 Quote
Co-op would be good, but lets face it us poor pc gamers wouldn't get it any way so I'll be much happier with a strong single player.
Amon 6th December 2007, 15:57 Quote
Bill Murray has to be hired for this. It's just not Ghostbusters without his humour.
Bungle 6th December 2007, 18:25 Quote
They should do something along the lines of Grand Theft Auto, where your driving around the streets trying to contain the ghost menace. If you fail a mission ghosts start chasing you around the map, fail too many times and the big old Stay Puffed marshmellow man comes looking for you. I'd buy that.:D
steveo_mcg 6th December 2007, 21:26 Quote
Or you could drive around bagging slimers until you got more money for either a bigger or faster car so you could repond to incidents quicker or carry more traps with each trip. Until the key and lock merged then you go get them.. that would be a good game.. erm actually that sounds familiar.
Major 6th December 2007, 21:30 Quote
Thought it was going to be "Luigi Mansion" style. ;)

Looks awesome.
badders 11th December 2007, 14:19 Quote
Errr, Is it Ghostbusters 2?
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