Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered Review: A Flop or A Hit?

Ghostbusters: The Video Game
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Earlier this year, Saber Interactive announced that they will be doing a remaster of the 2009 hit game Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Naturally, the news of a remastered version of the fan-favorite video game spread fast. Although the game is really more than a good adaptation of the original movie, there's no denying that it can use some much-needed improvements after all.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game was a popular place in 1991. That's two years after Vigo the Carpathian affair was seen in Ghostbusters II. The story begins in a museum exhibit where Gozer and Gozerian are seen sending out of a pulse of energy, offsetting another ghost invasion in New York City. This is where the player comes in, as part of the Ghostbusters who are purported to bring help in the form of a new recruit.

All of the original members of Ghostbusters, namely Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, lent their voices to the game - giving it an authentic, classic, and timeless feel.

The video game was adored by avid fans of the movie, garnering a large yet warm reception after it was first announced. In a way, the game was even considered as the unofficial third installment of the Ghostbusters franchise, although an actual film sequel is set to be released on July 2020.

Since the announcement, fans and critics alike have looked forward to the remastered game's release. Finally, more than a week ago, the game was made available for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Epic Store.

Obviously, Gamers and fans were all quick to jump on the opportunity to preview and play the remastered video game; however, the first couple of reviews from people who already finished the game aren't exactly positive.

How is Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered so far?

With the promise of improvements on the original 2009 video game, a lot of people were expecting massive changes to come this year. Unfortunately, most of the reviews say that the remastered version is somewhat like a missed opportunity to bring out the best elements of the game.

Without a doubt, the improved remastering definitely delivered the promise of a wonderful trip back to the early '90's New York setting; however, the enhancements both start and end on some visual tweaks and resolution bump.

A review from COG Connected even stated: "With every step forward, one is taken back, and we're left with a game that looks decent enough half of the time, yet 10-years-old for the other half."

Although some goals of the game are now being flashed on the screen, most of the instructions are still being given verbally - making it a little bit difficult to figure out what to do when you've missed a line or two.

Some of the previous issues that most players had in the original video game were also found recurring in the remastered version, ultimately disappointing the first set of gamers who tried to play the game.

According to a review from IGN, "This marginally prettier and inconsistent remaster doesn't really make for a profoundly different or improved experience over the 2009 original, and there was a lot of room for improvements that could've made it more enjoyable to play through and appreciate all of that fan service," which pretty much sums up that the remaster wasn't able to deliver the change everyone expected.

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