When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Popzara! Yes, along with our status as the Internet’s premier pop culture destination, we’re also great at dealing with ghosts. Just the other day I captured some ghosts! They definitely weren’t just squirrels, they were ghosts. I learned all about ghostbusting thanks to Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered, you see, so I’m an expert.
After the events of Ghostbusters 2, the guys are a legitimate New York business with full support from the city. Dealing with hauntings is big money these days as a result. The Ghostbusters are doing so well, in fact, that they can afford to pick up a new hire – that’d be you, and you’re going to join Ray, Egon, Peter and Winston as they clear out hauntings and save New York once again.
I know that dumping on movie-based video games is a pretty common thing, but every so often one comes along that turns out to be pretty solid. Ghostbusters: The Video Game was an early example of that back in 2009. This remaster is that game but (slightly) more so – it looks a little bit better but plays about the same. it’s better than it has any right to be, really, as it really captures the experience of being a Ghostbuster rather than just slapping the license onto a generic shooter.
So what does a Ghostbuster do? Well, bust ghosts, of course. You’ll start by taking aim at your phantasmal foes with the iconic Photon Stream, zapping away to tire the ghost out. When the specter runs low on energy, you’ll switch to capture mode, swinging them about and slamming them against walls like a particularly destructive fisherman. After you’ve managed to stun the ghost, it’s time to trap them – throw out a trap, drag the ghost in and force it down. Repeat until satisfied. Later you’ll unlock new weapons and upgrade your gear using money raked in through ghost-trapping and destruction so that bustin’ makes you feel that much more good, but the ghosts are going to fight back that much harder as a result.
This is a remaster and all, but keep in mind that Ghostbusters: The Video Game was released in 2009. Don’t expect miracles here. Everything looks and plays well enough if you keep your expectations in check, though one issue I noticed is that the game’s physics don’t deal with an uncapped framerate especially well, causing wacky twitching and jittering all over the place. Turn on that 60fps cap in the graphics settings and you’ll be in good shape, though.
Ghostbusters was a franchise that was prime for a video game adaptation, and while several have come out over the years, none have really captured the spirit of the films quite as well as Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered. Well, that top-down shooter from 2016 captured the mediocrity of its associated film well enough, but you know what I mean. If you want something ghostbusty that’s worth playing, Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is the way to go. Just watch out for the squirrels…I mean ghosts.