Ghostbusters: The Video Game
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is an action game based on the Ghostbusters movie franchise. In the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the game, there is some mild profanity and a good bit of fantasy violence because you spend most of your time fighting the supernatural enemies.
What's it about?
One of the highest-grossing movie franchises from the 1980s is back -- and this time it's interactive. GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME, from Atari, lets you join the famous ghost-hunting troupe to take on funny and frightening ghouls and other supernatural creatures. You will use an assortment of weapons and gadgets to hunt, fight, and capture baddies responsible for wreaking havoc in New York City. But you don't need to be a fan of the 1984 film as its intense combat, personality-driven storyline and multiple modes hold up on its own merit.
Is it any good?
Before you write off this video game as a cheap remix of the classic flick, consider that the original cast members -- including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson (and other celebs) -- have come together for the first time in 20 years to voice their parts. What's more, this all-new adventure was penned by Aykroyd and Ramis, and contains some ideas that never made it into the original films. As a newcomer to the Ghostbusters team, you'll don the proton pack and blast enemies into oblivion or wrangle them into the stasis trap, plus there are many other tools at your disposal including ones that let you scan and analyze potential threats using the PKE Meter and Ghost Light. There's even multiplayer modes that let you be one of the original Ghostbusters and take on challenging missions outside of the single-player campaign. Whether or not you're a fan of the flicks, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is a spirited adventure worth the price of admission.
Online interaction: While the online multiplayer mode can be fun, it is playable using open chat via a headset. There is always the possibility of hearing cussing when this option is activated.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Ghostbusters is a movie-based game done right and what other game developers can learn from the talented team at Terminal Reality (responsible for the "next-generation" versions of this game). How can some developers blow it so bad when others get it right?
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