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Ghostbusters

Cast re-united for 2008's biggest game license

Unlike a lot of '80s movies, Ghostbusters is still as smart, funny and imaginative as it was 19 years ago. That's why the game is more than a shameless attempt to reel in nostalgists; it's a passionate continuation of the series written by and starring the original cast: Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz, Bill Murray (who was stalling, but now confirmed) as Peter Venkman, Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddmore, not to Walter 'no dick' Peck and Ghostbusters receptionist Janine.

CRUSH, KILL, DESTROY

'Busters boasts some incredible technology. You know the scene in the first film where the Ghostbusters destroy the ballroom in the Sedgewick Hotel? Well, the developers kept that in mind when designing the game's physics system. Absolutely everything can be destroyed by your proton pack and levels can be reduced to piles of charred rubble. The game also generates massive groups of people who'll react realistically to what's going on around them - running and screaming, for example, when the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man stomps through the streets of New York. Yes, you get to battle Stay Puft, as well as other famous villains including painting-dwelling demon Vigo The Carpathian. It's a new story, but retreads famous scenes.

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PHYSICS DEGREE

Another good example of the physics is the tether gun. This lets you use your proton pack to link objects together with strings of slime. It's also used for solving puzzles, and you can even create 'webs' of slime to trap ghosts. The proton pack can also be used to set ghosts ablaze, freeze them and fire screen-clearing 'smart bombs'. Oh, and if you're wondering, crossing the streams won't make every molecule in your body explode at the speed of light - the developers thought it would make multi-player too complicated. You and four other mates can team up and fight ghosts online.

BOOKING GOOD

Talking tech again, one clever feature is the game's ability to form creatures from objects. We saw a level in the library where piles of books were drawn together and formed the shape of a monster and began lumbering around the level and attacking us. It looks really good.
Ghostbusters could be one of the finest movie spin-offs. There's a lot of love in this, and forming a gang of Ghostbusters online with mates will be, for many, a childhood dream come true.

The verdict

With the original stars onboard, plus genuinely impressive physics, its success rests in balancing 'scripted' battles with open play.

Format
PlayStation 3
Developer
Terminal Reality
Publisher
Vivendi
Genre
Action

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