Many of the principal cast members from the films were involved in the game's production. Each of the actors who portrayed the Ghostbusters in the films (Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson) lent their voices and likenesses to the in-game characters. It is also Ramis's final portrayal as Egon Spengler and story to the Ghostbusters franchise before his death in 2014. Aykroyd and Ramis, who wrote the films, also aided in script doctoring for the game. Other film cast members to reprise their roles were William Atherton, Annie Potts, and Max von Sydow. Ghostbusters: The Video Game contains the soundtrack from the original Ghostbusters film, along with various characters, locations, and props featured in the films. Aykroyd later described the game as being "essentially the third movie." The game received generally favorable reviews from critics, and more than three million copies were sold. A remastered version for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, developed by Saber Interactive and published by Mad Dog Games, was released on October 4, 2019.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is set in November 1991 during the Thanksgiving celebrations, two years after the events of the 1989 supernatural comedy film Ghostbusters II. The primary characters are Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), a trio of eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City known as the Ghostbusters. In the original film Ghostbusters, the team combat a rising paranormal threat in the city, hiring a fourth member, Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson)  to cope with demand. It is revealed in the video game that this threat was the result of machinations by long-dead cult leader Ivo Shandor to bring about catastrophe using his building, 55 Central Park West, to summon the demi-god Gozer the Gozerian.Ghostbusters II follows the team after they have been put out of business due to the damage caused by defeating Gozer. They re-form as a new threat arises in the form of Vigo the Carpathian, a 16th-century tyrant reborn in a painting.In Ghostbusters: The Video Game, the Ghostbusters have become city contractors, authorized and insured to capture ghosts.
In 2006, game developer ZootFly started to work on a Ghostbusters game before having secured the rights to develop the game from Sony. The company subsequently released videos of an early version of the game. The company was unable to secure the rights to develop the game as a Ghostbusters game, continuing to develop the game as a non-Ghostbusters-themed game renamed TimeO.
Coincidentally, in 2007, Vivendi Games and developer Terminal Reality met with Sony Pictures to discuss the possibility of developing their own Ghostbusters video game. The positive reaction that Zootfly's videos garnered helped sell the concept of such a game to Sony. After a successful pitch, Terminal Reality started developing the game, eventually stating that the PlayStation 3 would be the lead development platform. One feature of the game that Terminal Reality promoted was a crowd artificial intelligence system to be used extensively for a Thanksgiving Day parade level that was eventually cut from the final version.
A remastered version of the game, developed by Saber Interactive and published by Mad Dog Games, was released for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows on October 4, 2019, marking the game's 10th anniversary and the franchise's 35th anniversary. It is dedicated to Harold Ramis, who died five years before the game was remastered. The game's remastered version is based on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows versions of the original game. Online features were said to be in development before its release, but were later cancelled due to the code "not cooperating." The remastered version of Ghostbusters: The Video Game only has English audio files, while the first edition has multiple audio files (English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish) recorded by the original voice actors.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is a video game based on the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II published by Atari. The game was released on June 16, 2009 in the U.S. for all but the PlayStation Portable (PSP), which was released the day before Halloween 2009 and June 19 in Europe for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation 2 (PS2) (However, the rest of the versions were released around late autumn 2009). The Official Game Guide Paperback was also released on the 16th.
In November 2007, Game Informer magazine revealed its December cover, which sported the Ghostbusters logo, announcing a "world exclusive premiere" of the game. The first actual gameplay video (taken from the Xbox 360 build) was shown on G4TV's X-Play, featuring a level where the player (partnered with Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz) chases Slimer around the Sedgewick Hotel. Other characters who have been confirmed to appear in the game in the magazine from the first film are the librarian ghost and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and from the second film, Vigo and the Scoleri Brothers.
On May 30, 2019, Playstation Europe released a minute video confirming the Remastered and the PS4 version and advertising a social media hashtag #JoinTheGhostbusters. Nintendo Switch and XBox One were confirmed in another video. Matt McKnight, the biz dev director and producer on Remastered, revealed all of the in-game videos and cutscenes were found on a hard drive in storage from one of the original creators and remastered in 4K. Textures and lighting were also enhanced.
On October 10, 2019, a patch was released to fix a black screen observed during the game, scroll locking in the menu of controls while in the game, a softlock occurring after pressing Alt+F4, the game crashing during launching, the skip button malfunctioning, video and sound sync issues on computers with OS Windows 8/8.1, game failing to launch, and background video on extras menu lagging.
For many years the video game industry has been plagued with terrible movie tie-ins with only a hand full of titles that are any good. Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered sets a whole new standard.
For a game that is 10 years old and has had very little added to it other than the usual visual upgrades, it holds up very well. The release of the remastered version has given it a new lease of life and to be able to relive the epic story again on current-gen consoles has been a blast. I have loved every moment rampaging around NYC blasting ghosts with my Proton pack.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game originally released back in 2009 on Xbox and Playstation. There was a slightly altered version of the game released on the Playstation, PSP, and Wii as well, though it deviated from the other platform releases. The original release of the game was highly praised not only as a videogame, but also as a pseudo Ghostbuster 3 movie as it brought back the original cast and was well written. Now ten years later the game has been remastered with updated visuals and has released on all current generation consoles.
Those looking for some spooky treats to spice up this imminent Halloween weekend would do well to point their mouse fingers in the direction of the Epic Store, where The Blair Witch and Ghostbusters video games are both currently free to download and keep. 781b155fdc