The Ghostbusters are gearing up for another outing, only this time they’ll be wrangling poltergeists on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PC and the Nintendo Wii. Billed as a direct sequel to 1989’s Ghostbusters II, the game will continue the adventures of everyone’s favorite blue-collar paranormal investigators, with cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson reprising their roles as Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore. Ramis and Aykroyd will pen the script.
While it may be a tad disappointing for longtime fans that a third Ghostbusters film will not be making its way to the multiplex, let’s be realistic: the cast isn’t getting any younger, and the last thing anyone wants to see is a lame, cash-in sequel. At least with a video game, the actors won’t be restricted by their age. The films adapt themselves perfectly to a video game format anyway. Could you imagine cruising around a free-roaming New York City in the Ecto-1? Or battling the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? Or carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on your back? Or asking librarians at the New York Public Library whether or not they’re menstruating? (What’s that got to do with it?) Back off, man, I’m a scientist.
Whether you’re a gamer or not, the idea that a semi-sequel to the first two films is getting made at all is fantastic news. While Ghostbusters II doesn’t match up to its classic 1984 predecessor, they’re both fun movies. Hopefully we’ll all be aiming “for the flat top” when this game hits store shelves in the near future.