The Ghostbusters, probably one of the most iconic and memorabel movies of all time, received a game back in 2009 that was considered to be a third movie story wise for the fans. Although the franchise has seen a decline in popularity in recent years with only a lackluster new game and movie entering the scene. Saber Interactive thought it was a good idea to rerelease the game that was once so popular. And they were right in doing so.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered affectionately called Ghostbusters 3 by some fans of the license for many years, is the direct sequel to Ghostbusters II. The player embodies a new recruit who joins the Ghostbusters at the beginning of the Thanksgiving weekend of 1991 (two years after the events told in the second film, therefore). A massive influx of paranormal energy in the heart of Manhattan provokes an invasion of ghosts, some of which are well known to Ghostbusters. Soon, Ray, Egon, Winston and Peter will discover that a certain Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn (played by Alyssa Milano) is mysteriously related to these events.
In 2009, one of the strong points of Ghostbusters: The Video Game was the casting presence of the performers of the four Ghostbusters(Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson) and several supporting roles. In 2019, the pleasure of finding Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston (as well as Janine and Walter Peck) is perhaps stronger than ten years ago because the game now represents the last opportunity to bring the team together (Harold Ramis died in 2014). On the music side, if the famous theme of Ray Parker Jr. is a little more discreet than in the original game (in which it could be heard after each failure in the course of level), the compositions of Elmer Bernstein are always ubiquitous and perfectly accompany the action.
Overall, the spirit of the films and its characters are respected and a number of jokes fly around you multiple times. In addition, the video game format allowed Dan Aykroyd (who oversaw the writing of the script with Harold Ramis) to incorporate sequences that limitations in budget and special effects made impossible to film in the 80s. if certain scenes and various elements refer directly to the first film, this game does not act as a repetition. It is indeed an adventure in its own right. In terms of Ghostbusteresque experiences , difficult to make more authentic than this game.
Since this is the remastering of a 10-year-old game, the title of Saber Interactive is obviously expected at the turning point. At this level, it is possible to see the glass half full and half empty. When you see it half full, we say that the game has never been as clear as in this version thanks to the increase in resolution it enjoys here. In addition, switching to 60 frames per second makes the action much more dynamic. And the Infernal Engine engine used by the original game to handle the destruction of many elements of the scenery makes it even better on Switch than it did on PS3 and Xbox 360.
When you see the glass half empty, we notice that apart from increasing the resolution and framerate, no work has been done, for example, on the textures. In addition, some slowdowns are notable and cinematic scenes remained in their original resolution, which didn’t age as well as you’d hoped. As for the gameplay, no changes at all. The GST side of the Proton Pack’s various gadgets offer what remains the best video game adaptation of Ghostbreaker activity. Some will find the movements a little rigid but, again, this aspect of the original game has not been retouched.
Nowadays, when the remastered version of a game is marketed, it is not uncommon for its publisher to add bonuses and other new content such as deleted levels or show demos . In Ghostbusters: The Remastered Video Game , there is none of that. Saber Interactive was content to offer the single player campaign as it was in the original game (videos and other bonus images were already present in the version of ten years ago). Too bad the deleted items repeatedly mentioned by the developers have not been added.
In addition to this singleplayer campaign, the 2009 game also featured multiplayer mixing competitive and cooperative games. And the latter was particularly fun. Unfortunately for fans of this part of the experience, the multiplayer has simply been removed from this remastering. Saber, however, promised last June that a new multiplayer mode will be added later. Unfortunately for those interested, the publisher has not given a releasedate for this new mode. And since this new multiplayer has not been mentioned since; it is now necessary to cross our fingers so that this project does not fall by the wayside. Ghostbusters: The Remastered Video Game remains by far the best videogame adaptation of the adventures of Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston. And you won’t need much time to fall back down to memorylane of the original movies.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is a great fallback to what could have been the third Ghostbusters movie. Sadly the multiplayer did not make the jump to current-gen like we hoped for.