Bustin’ makes us feel good, y’all. We get it. Ghostbusters and its theme song are a gift among gifts in the world of cinema. Easily one of the best films ever made, Ghostbusters still holds everlasting amounts of re-watchability. Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered, is a slight polish up of the 2009 title and is still the best thing to come out of the world of Ghostbusters since Slimer popped out of a hotdog vendor cart.
Originally released in 2009, Ghostbusters The Video Game did a legit job of bringing the original cast and writers back to the fold. Murray, Akroyd, Ramis and Hudson all came back to voice their iconic characters. A true dream team and probably the closest we will ever get to a complete original cast film, since the unfortunate passing of the late, great Harold Ramis.
The story takes place two years after Ghostbusters II, and sees the guys adopting a rookie into their crew just in time for a major supernatural cataclysmic event that grips New York City. You play as the rookie and the guy that the Ghostbusters decide to test out new equipment on, essentially becoming the Ghostbustin’ guinea pig.
While, it is difficult to complain about any situation where you are able to strap on a proton pack and hang with the boys, it is a little bit disheartening that you don’t get to play as one of the main guys. Playing as the rookie sort of disconnects you from the group, especially since your character doesn’t speak. Leaving you with no words in the midst of all the banter of your fellow Ghostbusters.
In the game you will visit sites new and old, while solving small puzzles and leveling up your proton pack and each of its abilities. In addition to the usual stream throwing, you are also able to utilize new proton pack modes like blast and slime. Each weapon mode can be used to capture certain types of ghosts that you identify with your PKE meter.
The PKE meter is joy to use. It allows you to track down ghosts and hidden items. Scanning these adds them to your journal and is a good way of digging deeper into the types of specters that exist in the Ghostbusters universe.
While, I would give Ghostbusters: The Video Game a high, near perfect score. It’s hard to give the remaster as much praise. Living in a current age of 4K and upscaling, it’s disappointing that this game doesn’t utilize that. Instead it doesn’t implement any sort of 4K upscaling at all. Instead it smooths graphics and fixes some lighting and stability. Past that there isn’t much in the ‘remastered’ department that you will visibly notice. It’s a real shame cause this game would have looked great updated to current gen specs.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered, is still a lot of fun. It allows you to live out the dream of hanging and busting ghosts with the guys. It’s also created by a team of devs that obviously cared a great deal about the source material. There are easter eggs, winks, nods and the like throughout the games playtime. Outside of everything else, it’s plain thrilling and a complete nostalgic childhood blast to be able to throw streams, trap ghosts and hang with the guys. If you hadn’t played the 2009 release and are a Ghostbusters fan this is an absolute must.