Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bustin' makes me feel good!

The new Ghostbusters video game is a blast. Best movie sequel that wasn't actually a movie. The game won't break new ground in technology or take the place of your beloved Halos or Wii workouts. It's just F-U-N. Simple as that.

Just about everyone from the original cast in BOTH Ghostbuster films lend voice to their characters. The whole bustin' crew is here of course, Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and Hudson but so is Annie Potts as Jeanine, William Atherton as Walter Peck and my God even Max Von Sydow as Vigo! ("HE IS WIGO!") The game also stars familiar talent such as Alyssa Milano and Brian Doyle Murray to name a few. The acting crew is amped up (especially Aykroyd) and you can tell they are having fun. The banter between the main characters back and forth or while roaming the halls paired up with one of the 'busters is great to listen to. Peter Venkman insulted me! Awesome! The character models in both the PS3 and Xbox 360 are stunning especially considering each likeness had to be crafted from photos and film by the game artists and not a 3D scan of the actors as it is typically done these days.
The player gets to tag along on the crew's latest adventure as a new recruit, an experience I'm sure many dreamed of as kids growing up on this franchise. The storyline is no better or worse than either film actually but the overall experience of the game is like welcoming old pals into your home to hang out for awhile...and capture lots and lots of Ghosts, Spooks, Specters, demons or other paranormal abnormalities.
Here's hoping this game generates enough buzz and interest in all parties to spur on the long rumored film sequel.

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