Ghostbusters,The Video Game Coming to Your Neighborhood...
Remember the novel "1984" and the doom and gloom it portrayed as human existence came under the control of an entity called Big Brother. And then when the year actually came to past, we were somewhat disappointed that our lives were not turned upside down by some super human domination. But then, as fate would have it, in its place, a movie premiered that actually got us laughing about the supernatural...a movie that got our toes a tappin' and everyone singing those crazy lyrics by Ray Parker Jr: "If there's something strange in your neighborhood...if there's something weird and it don't look good...Who ya gonna call?...Ghostbusters!" Well Children of the 80s and older, Ghostbusters is now aiming their proton packs at a fresh new generation when "Ghostbusters: The Video Game" is released June 16, 2009.
First previewed November 16, 2007, the development of the game has been in production for quite some time.
It actually took one of the original game developers of all time to bring it to life. Atari has also grown up since the 80s as this video game is not anything close to your father's "Pong." Living up to the expectations of modern-day gamers, the game publisher created a major production, complete with the likenesses of the original cast members that include Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis.
The game’s release will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the original movie penned by the Ghostbuster stars and writers Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The expectation is that the game will both revitalize and expand interest in the franchise in advance of the long-awaited third “Ghostbusters” film which is just in its earliest stages of production.
As a gamer, you will be happy to know that you are thrust into the plot as a new ghost hunter, hired by the orginal team. Of course, there are hazards to your job as the ‘new guy.’ The introductory mission is to recapture Slimer, who has inadvertently escaped its confines. Keeping an eye on your power meter (you don’t want your stream pack overheating), you target the enemy just as you would in any third-party action shoot-out. You use your stream to weaken and then hold your target. However, once you switch to the hold mode, the fun escalates because you can move the ghosts around a bit, like a puppets on a string.
After an instructional tutorial at a firehouse, you start to get into the meat of the game by going to the Hotel Sedgewick (film fans will remember the five-star accommodations from the first film) for some full-head-on chase and capture action.
For Facebook users, Atari has just launched an official Facebook page for the game. They're releasing exclusive stills from the game, along with special promos for their Facebook Fans. You can also pre-order the game through Amazon for $59.99 which will ship for free with 'super saving' shipping.
At Midnight, on June 3, 2009, if you are in LA, a 25th Anniversary Event will be held at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. Fangoria Entertainment, Sony Pictures and Atari will show the original movie on the big screen in Blu-ray high-definition.
GhostbustersIsHiring.com is a fun, visually engaging new Web site that will offer fans worldwide a chance to become the “next” Ghostbuster. “Candidates” are asked to submit video “job applications” showing if they have what it takes to be a part of the Ghostbusters gang. Their clips are then uploaded to GhostbustersIsHiring.com. One lucky “winning” candidate will be featured on the site as well as on the GHOSTBUSTERS BD-Live bonus material. Visitors can also fill out an online application for a chance to win a trip next year to Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego.
So fire up those Proton Packs, Ghostbusters! You will not want to be slimed before you've had a chance to wrangle and whack a few poltergeist! And pre-order your game early, as it looks like "Ghostbusters: The Video Game" is going to be able to bring "a disaster of biblical proportions" right into your favorite game system!