A listing on Taiwanese game rating site seems to suggest that Ghostbusters: The Video Game is getting a remastered edition on Xbox One, as you can see below.
The game was created by Terminal Reality and published by Atari way back in 2009 on PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and PC. There were also versions for PS2, Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP, but they were created by other developers are were a bit rubbish.
The game starred the original Ghostbusters, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson, who all returned to voice their characters, with Aykroyd and Ramis also contributing to the script for the game. Locations from the films featured heavily, and they even got Max von Sydow to come back to play Vigo the Carpathian.
The game is third person shooter, although you can swap to first person in certain situations, and finds you playing as “Rookie”, a new unnamed Ghostbuster. The plot involves museum curator Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn (Alyssa Milano), who reveals that the architect who design 55 Central Park West, the location of the Gozo encounter in the first film, also designed the tunnels under the city which featured in the second film, filled with ectoplasmic ooze. The plot also uses some elements that were going to be in the third, sadly unfilmed, Ghostbusters movie.
The last full Ghostbusters game on consoles was the rather terrible title from 2016 which didn’t have any connections to the movies other than the name. That game scored 4/10, as did the game before that, Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
Amazingly, we did review the Ghostbusters game that is listed for remastering, although Alex wasn’t all that impressed.
“Ghostbusters fans will get a lot out of the alternative world sections but the reliance on arcade-esque twin-stick shooting rather than considered, tactical trapping is a shame,” he said. “Stand out moments like the re-appearance of Stay Puft are clever and the set-pieces often impressive, but these are few and far between, disappointing considering the game’s length (five or six hours) because it should have been moment after moment of quality gaming.”
I should add a word of caution here. Ghostbusters is obviously a licensed game and it appears that Mad Dog Games, publishers of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, are behind the remaster and not Atari, who published the game ten years ago. How that’s come about is unclear, perhaps the license lapsed and Mad Dog picked it, and the code for the old game, on the cheap. Let’s hope the listing is correct!