Ghostbusters vs the Real Ghostbusters

When Atari's Ghostbusters games ship next year, it'll have been a mere 25 years since Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson first donned their proton packs for the big screen and "Who you gonna call?" was a national catch phrase. In that time there have been a number of videogames that attempted to bring the loveable foursome home, but none have really captured the core spirit of the films. Until now.

Above: Next-gen version

The new Ghostbusters game is best thought of as part-game, part-movie. Rather than a mere adaptation of movie events, the game is a fully scripted sequel to the theatrical films, essentially taking the place of the long rumored Ghostbusters III. And with all the major players on board (Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and Hudson are all involved, as are William Atherton and Annie Potts) the story is as authentic as it gets.

Starting two years after the second film (which would make the year 1991), the game drops you into the role of a brand new fifth Ghostbuster, an experimental weapons tech. Employed by the city of New York, under the oversight of the smarmy Mr. Peck, the Ghostbusters are called upon when, in the words of the developer, "all hell breaks loose." Before you can shout out, "Bustin' makes me feel good!" you're out on a mission, PKE meter and proton pack in hand.

Above: Wii Version

What's most interesting about the upcoming game however, is the parallel development paths taken by the three different versions. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game are near identical, with both going for a vibrant, but realistic look. The Wii version shares the exact same plot and voice script, but the visuals have a definite cartoon inspired bent. If we didn't know any better, we'd guess that the Wii game will ultimately be titled "The Real Ghostbusters" because the characters look as if they were lifted directly from the titular cartoon series.


  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 4, 2008 10:50 p.m.

    I have access to both a wii and a PS3, so the decision will be tough. looking towards the PS3 version already if they can incorporate PSN in it
  • alfredofroylan - December 4, 2008 9:26 p.m.

    I'm sold with that Slimer picture. I love the 80's cartoon, so I'll get the Wii version first and after the PS3
  • Dinkymod - December 8, 2008 2:10 a.m.

    I think I'll get both the PC and the Wii versions.... That is... If there is going to be a PC version... This is out on the PC page but, unless I missed it, I don't think I see PC labeled anywhere in here...
  • Sporch77 - December 6, 2008 10:36 p.m.

    so...ah...if this is in the PC previews ...why no mention of PC version?
  • cart00n - December 4, 2008 8:12 p.m.

    Well, since I don't have a Wii, this decision has already been made for me. I love the direction they went with the Wii version, tho'...
  • RandyChimp - December 24, 2008 1:54 p.m.

    Sadly, these days, I'm looking for realism, which is hardly the point in a game where a group of comedians hunt ghosts with unlicensed nuclear accelerators on their backs. I own only a ps3, so I'm obviously rooting for that. I have no problem with the way they went for the wii's graphics, but it only furthers the fact the its a childs toy that costs £180. Since I'm 18, i could be classed as cynical on these matters, since its my duty to be a surly adolescent. But I can't get into the wii, at the moment, it just annoys me. I'll stick with my major media hub thats lovingly straddled by a small christmas tree for now, since it'll be hard to drag me off my ps3 this christmas!

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