Will the New Ghostbusters Game Make Us Feel Good?

We ain’t afraid of no ghost – but should we fear Activision’s latest Ghostbuster’s game?

Stirring up the hype train before the latest movie hits the big screens on July 15th, the publisher has announced two tie-in games. You can check out the announce trailer below too.

For console gamers, Activision and Sony Pictures have announced Ghostbusters…

A third-person action role-playing game positively charged for thrilling couch co-op with up to four players locally. As rookie Ghostbusters, players can level up their characters’ gear and abilities by tackling objectives, defeating ghastly creatures and discovering hidden collectibles in Manhattan’s most haunted haunts. There are four heroes to choose from, and each has his or her own unique personality and play style, bringing special strengths to support the team.

That game will be available on the same day as the film’s released. And then there’s Ghostbusters: Slime City. If you’re judging that title, good – that means you have taste.

Slime City is a mobile game, so we’re already setting a low bar for this one. It’ll be released for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as selected Android devices. In a statement, the games publisher claimed:

Ghostbusters: Slime City lets players be a Ghostbuster and save New York City from a new wave of threats. Team up with other players in asynchronous co-op, and collect powerful ghosts to rise to the top of the leaderboards. Players can also craft their own proton packs from any number of combinations of components, as well as upgrade their own headquarters and complete jobs around the city for new weapons and rewards.

Ghostbusters have a pretty poor history when they’re translated into games – although one of their last console outings, 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game, wasn’t terrible; it just wasn’t very good either. The less said about 2011’s Sanctum of Slime the better.

Beyond the Lego games, video game tie-ins have been pretty thin on the ground over the last few years (And that’s no bad thing). Does this mark a resurgence in weak, under-developed games? Or will the Ghostbusters game spook us all and be genuinely playable? That’ll lead to human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… Mass hysteria!


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Steve Clark

I like video games, writing and whiskey, almost always in that order. Personal twitterings @ www.twitter.com/gamespulp

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