You ain't afraid of no ghost, right?

You ain't afraid of no ghost, right?

The world has already seen 7 Ghostbusters games, dating back to 1984 on the Atari 2600 and the NES. Because of this, it was something of a surprise when Atari revealed to us all that they would be giving us a next gen helping of Ghostbuster action. A welcome surprise, but a surprise nonetheless.

Next week will see the release of Ghostbusters: The Video Game, and it looks to be a movie based game worth dropping some hard earned cash on for old fans and newcomers alike. Unfortunately, there’s been some confusion as to what the Ghostbusters game will actually offer, so to clear up any discrepancies and just to inform all of you out there, I have made a simple list.

1. This IS Your Father’s Ghostbusters

Oh yeah, this isn’t some new age Ghostbusters with a new cast and some second tier script. The Ghostbusters game was penned by none other than Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. If that doesn’t have you shouting out a woo-hoo, perhaps the fact that all of the main players from the movies will be voiceing their in game counterparts. That’s right, the two mentioned above, plus Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and William Atherton. Unfortunately for everyone though, you’ll be in the shoes of a rookie, and not one of the original four… most of the time. More on that in a minute.

So yeah, there all back. We’ll also be seeing the return of some old faces such as Slimer and The Stay Puft Marshmallow man, and the return to old hot spots like the much beloved library. Your hub-world will be the old firehouse from the movie, and will feature the Ecto 1 (only drivable on the DS) as well as Vigo the Carpathian. The story is entirely set in the Ghostbusters universe in 1991, and is essentially a sequel. Of course, that sequel comment may not hold much water considering an actual Ghostbusters 3 movie is in the works right now…

Slimey Ghosts... Yum?

Slimey Ghosts... Yum?

2. All Games Are Not Created Equal

Ghostbusters, there’s 4 of ’em. That means there’s got to be some Co-Op. Co-Op is pretty much essential for a game like this. There is Co-Op right?

Well… yes and no.

On the Wii and Playstation 2 players can look forward to some drop in and drop out Co-Op play throughout the entire single player campaign. But even then there’s just two of you and you’re both rookies. The DS version has been scant for details, but unlike it’s brethren it will take place from a mostly top down perspective with only one person on screen at a time. On the DS though, that one person will be an actual Ghostbuster of note, and not just a random patsy.

As for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC there will be no Co-Op in the campaign. None whatsoever. Don’t get down though, because the developers originally intended for no multiplayer at all. After a 6 month delay however multiplayer was revealed, and it looks to be fun in its own right even if it isn’t the same as playing through the story with a buddy.

There’ll be 12 different maps modeled after the 4 different in-game environments, those environments being: The Library, Streets, Museum, and Cemetery. There will be 6 different jobs that players (up to four, each playing one of the original Ghostbusters or the rookie) can participate in, they are:

  • Survival: Something like Survival mode in Left 4 Dead where the players must attempt to survive an onslaught of ghosts.
  • Containment: Capture all of the ghosts in an area.
  • Destruction: Destroy artifacts and objects that spawn ghosts into the environments.
  • Protection: Straightforward protect the object (in this case Egon’s gadgets).
  • Thief: Save and artifact from being stolen by the ghosts.
  • Slime Dunk: A bit sillier than the rest, attempt to dunk the most slimers (whatever that means).

There will be powerups spread around the maps and unlike in the campaign your weapons will require ammunition found throughout. Like I said, it’s not the same as playing through the campaign with some friends, but it has me excited enough to give the game a go.

Ghostbusters on the Wii.

Ghostbusters on the Wii on PS2.

3. It’s Out… Who Knows When?

Okay, well that’s kind of a misnomer. We know when all of them will be out in Australia and America. As for Europe… well things are a bit less clear.

In Australia the games will be released on June 25th, and in America all games will be released on June 16th. As for in Europe, well…. Sony has struck a deal with Atari for a timed exclusive, and as of June 19th Ghostbusters: The Video Game will be available on the PS3. As for the other consoles, no release date has been set.

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Well, there you go. I could have spread this out to a couple of more numbers, but that would have been superfluous and unneeded. Here’s all of the information you need in one friendly 3 prong post. Hope you enjoy being informed, and look for Ghostbusters next week in most places.

This could be you! Enlist when the game finally comes out where you live!

This could be you! Enlist when the game finally comes out whereever you live!

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