For years, whenever I attend a comic convention, I would always comb through the used video games, hoping to come across what had become a holy grail – Ghostbusters: The Video Game for the PlayStation 3.
I didn’t grab it when it was first released all the way back in 2009, and I’m really not sure why. I recall playing it at a friend’s place and enjoying, and I’ve always loved the franchise. But for reasons that escape me, it just never made its way into my collection, and it was proved hard to find for years. Sure, I suppose I could have gone on eBay and found a copy, but there’s something less satisfying than if I were to have found a lone copy in a sea of used games.
Ten years later and I’m happy to say that’s changed, as Ghostbusters: The Video Game has been remastered and released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch, which is how I’ve been playing it.
In the game, you take on the role of a rookie who has joined up with the legendary team of Peter Venkman, Ray Stanz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zedmore. The original actors (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson) returned to voice their characters, as did Annie Potts, who plays beloved receptionist Janine Melnitz. Throughout the game, you encounter familiar ghouls like Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Aykroyd and Ramis wrote the script for Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered, which serves as close to a third film as we’ll ever have, and as a huge fan, I love playing it. The control scheme on the Switch can be a little confusing at times, as you navigate switching between your PKE meter to your firing your proton pack while making sure you vent it at the same time or risk having it back up on you. However, for those us that have long dreamed of busting ghosts, these are minor issues. The remastered game developed by Saber Interactive and published by Mad Dog Games looks great on the Switch.
It’s great fun hearing the actors play their quintessential roles once again, with solid back and forths and quips, though it’s hard not to miss Ramis, who passed away some years ago). You genuinely feel part of the team, even if you’re character stays quiet as the rest of the Ghostbusters do their thing.
As I sat playing through it the other night, the Princess sat beside me and said, “you know, this game really is cool.” I do know it, and it’s great to finally be able to play Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered after so many years of missing out.