Bustin’ is unlikely to make you feel good if the trailer for this unexpected new Ghostbusters game is anything to go by…
Ghostbusters fans don’t seem to be having much luck with trailers lately, but as controversial as the movie reboot ones were this one for the game tie-in looks even worse.
Although it’s nominally based on the new film, it takes place after the events of the movie and features four completely different characters. Because of course getting the real stars would cost more in licensing fees.
Activision also doesn’t seem to have paid for the soundtrack, although the proton packs do at least make the right noise.
There’s no indication of who the developer is, but they seem to be going for a sort of four-player Diablo vibe. Which we suppose could work, despite the obvious lack of budget.
The game’s out on July 15, the same day as the movie, and actually appears to be destined for retail release – although we can only assume not at full price.
You would’ve thought they’d be better off remastering 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which stared all four original actors and was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. (It’s not actually as good as that sounds, but still good fun for fans.)
Activision are one of the only major publishers left still making licensed games, with mid-priced titles such as the excellent Transformers: Devastation and the equally promising-looking new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game – both from Japanese developer Platinum.
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