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Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime coming March 23rd


Jan 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
Atari has released a new video featuring the environments in Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime. Observe that you can bust ghosts outside and in buildings. The press release accompanying the video gave a vague "Spring" release w...
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Slimy new Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime screens leak in


Jan 12
// Nick Chester
Atari sent over a slew of new screenshots for Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime today, and I figured you'd want to see them. So here they are. In case you missed the new, the publisher will be releasing this digital download onl...
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New trailer for Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime


Dec 07
// Conrad Zimmerman
Atari has released a new trailer for Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, the upcoming PC, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade release from developer Wanako. If you aren't familiar, they're the developers behind Assault Hero...
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Downloadable Ghostbusters title coming in 2011


Dec 02
// Nick Chester
If busting makes you feel good, great news -- Atari has another Ghostbusters game planned for 2011. Called Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, the title will be a four-player top-down adventure for PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE,...
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This video almost proves Blur is a sequel to Ghostbusters


Dec 01
// Jordan Devore
Now I don't know how indicative these trailers are of what Bizarre Creations' Blur actually looks like with a controller in your hand, but they remind me of the now-we're-going-really-fast-bro moments in The Fast and the Fur...
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Ghostbusters: The Video Game coming to PSP and PSPgo


Sep 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Atari have finally come clean and announced Ghostbusters: The Video Game for the PSP and PSPgo. It will be out this November and will retail for $29.99. It's going to be in the same style as the Wii version of the game, with ...
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Atari said no, but ...GameStop lists Ghostbusters for PSP


Sep 14
// Colette Bennett
You know how sometimes you think a thing is coming, and you ask the game company, but the answer is no, absolutely not, we aren't making that game, and then a few months later, the game is announced? That thing that happens k...
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LittleBig Busters: confirmed for US release this week!


Jul 13
// Colette Bennett
With all the Ghostbusters excitement back up these days thanks to the release of the game, it was no surprise to us when we started to see teasers for possible Ghostbusters costumes in LittleBigPlanet. We've also seen some ot...
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Boo! Ghostbusters content for LittleBigPlanet revealed


Jul 10
// Nick Chester
Media Molecule has been teasing it for awhile, but Sony Japan can't keep it in their pants. The upcoming Ghostbusters content for LittleBigPlanet has been revealed, and as is expected, is absolutely adorable. The bad new...
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Ghostbusters, Fuel demos for Xbox 360 now on XBL


Jul 09
// Nick Chester
When we recently reviewed Ghostbusters: The Video Game and Fuel, we ended up telling you to "rent it," or essentially try it before you make a commitment (or never make that commitment at all). But we know you're ch...
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So yeah, LittleBigPlanet is getting Ghostbusters content


Jul 06
// Nick Chester
Last week, Media Molecule made it pretty obvious that some sort of Ghostbusters content was coming to LittleBigPlanet. by teasing "Who ya' gonna call?", it had pretty much said it all. Today, it's gone beyond hintin...
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Media Molecule hints at LittleBigPlanet Ghostbusters content


Jul 03
// Nick Chester
"Who you gonna call?"Anyone with their pulse on the 80s and pop culture knows the answer to that -- the Ghostbusters, of course. LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule is asking the same question on its blog, whic...
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Twitter Friday: Bustin' makes me feel...aw, nevermind


Jun 26
// Colette Bennett
Update: Congratulations to Bug42 and NVmisfit, you're our Twitter quickest reply winners! So that's it for this week. Next Friday we're going to try something different -- we're going to give something away FIRST on Twitter w...

Review: Ghostbusters

Jun 19 // Destructoid Staff
Ghostbusters: The Videogame (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed], Wii)Developer: Terminal RealityPublisher: AtariReleased: June 16, 2009MSRP: $59.99 (PS3/360), $49.99 (Wii) Nick Chester:As the “in theory” third installment to the film series, Ghostbusters: The Video Game hits all the right notes. From the start, fans will recognize the cast, all of which have been digitally re-rendered and frozen somewhere in the late '80s, from Bill Murray as Peter Venkman to Annie Potts as receptionist Janine Melnitz. The game’s cut-scenes, both in-game and pre-rendered, are visually impressive, and directed in such a way that’s consistent with the quality and feel of the films. You can tell from the opening scenes that Ghostbusters: The Video Game was designed by a team of true fans with passion for the original material. The game is littered with nods and fan service for Ghostbusters die-hards, from characters and event references, to hyper-detailed equipment such as the Proton Pack you’ll be staring at for most of the game, complete with accurate flashing light, wiring, and tubes. The story and dialogue, straight from the mind of original screenwriters Ramis and Aykroyd, is mostly on par with the classic films. I say mostly because while it holds its own in many ways (expanding upon the established film lore in a number of ways, for instance), it doesn’t quite have all of the charms of the original. The script is witty and oftentimes laugh-out-loud funny, but few of the lines resonate or are as unforgettable as those found in the films. Hell, just yesterday I used the words “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!” (a line from the 1984 original) in casual conversation.The game also doesn’t introduce any new characters you’ll really remember, either. This makes sense for the player’s “rookie” character who remains nameless (and mostly voiceless, outside of a few grunts here and there); but again, this makes sense -- he’s you, and the game benefits by not assigning a real voice to the player. But Peter Venkman’s new “love interest,” Illyssa Selwin (voiced by Alyssa Milano) is wholly unremarkable in just about every way. Not even my personal childhood Milano crush could save the character from the flat, phoned-in dialogue the actress delivered. With all of that said, the story and cut-scenes are certainly some of the most enjoyable things about Ghostbusters: The Video Game. After all, even if the material doesn’t stand toe-to-toe across the board with the originals, it’s better than no new material at all. If anything, it proves that Ramis and Aykroyd definitely still have “it,” that they’re capable of delivering a genuinely humorous and enjoyable narrative. So yeah, Terminal Reality got the “Ghostbusters” part down. Fortunately, the third-person action does do a pretty amazing job of putting you in the Ghostbusters' classic tan overalls. The ghost wrangling mechanic -- which involves capturing, slamming until subdued, and then maneuvering a ghost into a trap -- definitely feels a bit unwieldy at first. But with practice and understanding, the battle for the capture is both challenging and rewarding -- you actually "feel" as if you were a working, card-carrying 'buster. As the experimental equipment tester, you’ll be outfitting your existing Proton Pack with some major upgrades. All of the upgrades and different streams come into play in various ways throughout the game, but some are clearly more useful than others. The Statis Stream, for example, “emits a high-capacity stream of order-reversed particles that hypobond to ectoplasmic matter, effectively immobilizing ghosts.” Run through the “Egon Spengler to English” translator, that means it acts as a “freeze ray.” It’s great in theory, a neat take on the traditional Ghostbusters equipment, and it’s useful in a few situations. But it’s a weapon I found that I almost never had to use to complete any of my objectives. Other equipment -- like the Slime Blower and Slime Tether -- had far more uses, occasionally used in light puzzle solving situations. The Tether, in particular, comes into play more than a few times throughout your Ghostbuster career, allowing you to join a variety of environmental objects to one another, which lets you to open gates or even create new pathways. The different equipment and its numerous uses was a bit of a surprise, adding much-needed variety to a game that could have simply had players going from room to room wrangling and then drunking ghosts in traps. From a visual standpoint, Terminal Reality’s Infernal Engine can do some marvelous things -- above all with its lighting effects -- and it shows all over the game. The streams that blast from the Ghostbusters' equipment light up the environment with colors, casting some wild neon lighting effects that explode on-screen. Ghostbusters' ghostly icon, Slimer, emits a green glow that casts light on everything in its path. The lighting magic is impressive throughout the game, particularly towards the game’s end, with some extremely neat and stylized rain and lightning effects.Ghostbusters: The Video Game, for everything it does right, is not without its fair share of frustrating issues. Particularly, the game’s controls sometimes make your character feel clumsy and slow, particularly when you take a spill. Once grounded, one of two things will happen. If you’re incapacitated, you’ll be left helpless on your back waiting for the game’s AI to run over and rescue you. Depending on the situation, you can be waiting for either one or four Ghostbusters to come revive you, and sometimes the wait can be excruciating. In some of these cases, a long wait will end in one of your A.I. comrades dying before they can revive you, resulting in a “Mission Failed.” In other frustrating cases, your character is sent flying through the air like a rag-doll, and he’ll slowly bring himself to his feet.Another issue is frequently confusing level design, where it’s sometimes easy to get lost with no on-screen map or indicator of your next objective. This is made even more frustrating in many instances as you’ll sometimes have to wait for the non-player character Ghostbusters to make a move or decision before you can proceed. There’s no indication that this is happening, either -- the uncomfortable and awkward silences and “okay, now what?” moments are, well... uncomfortable and awkard. Ghostbusters: The Video Game also didn’t ship without its fair share of minor, but frustrating, bugs. While it only happened a few times, there were instances where ghosts were trapped in the game environment in such a way that they couldn’t be captured. Because of this, I was forced to reload the last checkpoint, the frequency of which actually saved my sanity a few times. The single-player “career” can be completed within a few dedicated sittings (Anthony, for instance, claims to have completed it in one), and if you’re paying attention, you can probably find most of the hidden objects and upgrade most of your equipment in one sitting. So while there’s not much game, it’s fortunate that it’s enjoyable enough -- particularly for a Ghostbusters fan -- to work your way through to the end. Ghostbusters: The Video Game also features a multiplayer mode. You could assume it would be a throwaway extra, but you’d be wrong. It’s definitely disappointing that you can’t play the career mode from beginning to end with buddies, but the cooperative multiplayer instanced modes are a reasonable substitute. While it’s not going to replace Gears of War 2 or Call of Duty 4 as your multiplayer game of choice, it’s a blast wrangling ghosts with your friends in short, one-off bursts. While it’s not the best third-person action game you’ll ever play, it’s certainly the best Ghostbusters experience ever committed to the format. For true fans of the series, picking up the game is a no-brainer. If you own the movies on DVD (or the recently released Blu-ray), Ghostbusters: The Video Game unquestionably deserves a spot on your shelf. Your collection wouldn’t be complete without it.Score: 7.5 Anthony Burch:Bustin' makes me feel good. So good, in fact, that I could have done with more of it. Throughout the first couple hours of Ghostbusters, that's pretty much all you'll be doing: finding, you know, actual ghosts, blasting them with the proton pack, and wrangling them into traps. The actual act of lassoing specters into a ghost trap while they try with all their might to break free of your grasp is way, way more satisfying than it has any right to be. This is partially because it so faithfully replicates the ghostbustin' process we've seen in the last two films (the act of capturing my first spirit caused me to spontaneously yell, “I am a goddamned Ghostbuster”), but also because the process of wearing a ghost down, slamming it against the walls and floor, and finally fighting tooth and nail to rope it into a trap is so full of elegant back-and-forth struggle that it feels completely new and interesting. Each of the three stages of ghost trapping can be potentially failed, but those failures don't set the player back very far. You might fail to get him into a trap, but a few slams later he'll be ready for another try. You might be just about ready to start slamming him into the walls, when a piece of possessed furniture hits your head and you're forced to blast him back down to minimum health again. Ghost capturing is challenging, but not frustrating; rewarding, but not needlessly simplified. It is, unquestionably, the best part of the game. Which makes it all the more frustrating that after the first few hours of the game, the mechanic is almost completely abandoned by the wayside. After an incredibly cool fight against the returned Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the game starts doling out proton pack “upgrades” that essentially function, like inFAMOUS's lightning powers, as re-contextualized versions of old third-person shooter tropes. Egon may call them Shard Blasters or Slime Guns, but you and I know they're really just shotguns and flamethrowers. After your character, the Rookie, gets his first proton pack upgrade, the game goes...I don't want to say “downhill,” necessarily, but it definitely never again reaches the heights of the game's first few hours. The rest of Ghostbusters comprises a pretty decent third-person shooter, which is fine. I just couldn't help but wish they'd focused on the much-better-than-pretty-decent ghost wrangling mechanics and developed on those throughout the game's running time, rather than taking the easy way out and adding a bunch of new weapons in a misguided attempt to add depth. When you combine such a design decision with some horribly placed checkpoints, confusing level design and needlessly frustrating combat scenarios later on in the game, you've got the makings of an all-around mediocre licensed game. Which makes it all the more surprising that Ghostbusters is not a mediocre licensed game. Despite the generic third-person shooter gameplay, I felt sufficiently compelled to finish the game thanks primarily to the palpably Ghostbusters-esque atmosphere. Music from the films can be heard all throughout the game, the returning cast members do a great job (save for Bill Murray, but that may have more to do with the fact that Peter Venkman is written as an irritating, over-the-top parody of his former self), and while the basic plot isn't anything to phone home about, it's great to hear Winston's charming pragmatism and Egon's monotone irony replicated almost perfectly. The jokes are pretty hit-or-miss, especially those involving Venkman, but I found myself laughing far more than I'd anticipated once the other three Ghostbusters started bickering at one another. Though the frustrating checkpoints and “shoot reanimated corpses in the face with a proton shotgun” gameplay got pretty tired near the game's final act, they never felt as infuriating as they well could have thanks to the oft-entertaining interactions between the film characters, and the fact that I truly felt like a part of their universe. Faithfulness and immersion can go a long way in making one forgive outright stupid design decisions, and Ghostbusters proves it. Conrad will go into more detail about the game's multiplayer modes, but I just want to say a few quick things about them. Firstly, the multiplayer is to be congratulated, if nothing else, for implementing a mechanic based around crossing the proton streams. You're never really given a chance to cross 'em in the singleplayer campaign outside of a prerendered cut scene, which frustrated me intensely as a casual Ghostbusters fan. Being able to jump right into a multiplayer game and immediately cross the streams with another player for so long that my proton pack exploded and killed me was a perverse pleasure. Secondly, since the multiplayer is based entirely around cooperation, it honestly didn't feel that different from the single-player campaign to me. Sure, there's a competitive aspect that encourages players to race one another to nab more ghosts and get more money, but the weapon restrictions and limited ammo made me feel like I was just playing a less satisfying version of the singleplayer experience. In spite of itself, Ghostbusters manages to be one of the best licensed games I've played in a while. Its faithfulness to its source material allows it to overcome many of its structural flaws, and it still manages to provide a couple hours of truly original, immensely satisfying gameplay. Granted, those two hours are followed by about four more hours of unoriginal, often irritating gameplay, but if you have any love for the Ghostbusters franchise at all, you likely won't mind putting in the overtime. Score: 7.0 Conrad Zimmerman: Ghostbusters' story is a whole lot of fan service. There is nothing wrong with that -- I'm a fan and I like to be serviced, after all -- but the game is absolutely crammed with reference to the first film. The plot revolves around many of the same personalities from that story, though some were merely referenced before. The fanboy in me rolled its eyes at a couple of points but it's a more than capable effort filled with charm and humor.Actually catching ghosts is a load of fun. All spirits show their energy level when you aim at them in the form of a wheel. As the wheel depletes due to your attacks, it will eventually turn red to signify that they can now be captured. Switching to the capture beam is as easy as pushing a button and you can then guide the ghost to an open trap, wrangling it in the whole way down.The process is a blast to perform, especially with chaos erupting around you. Smaller ghosts and spirits will dissipate on their own if damaged sufficiently and many enemies have quick and easy methods of dispatching them. It's fun and very intuitive, although some of the charm begins to wear thin in the latter fourth of the game as the game seems to take more cheap shots at you in the name of increasing the difficulty.The eight modes of fire for the proton pack contribute greatly to the variety of combat. They all represent mainstays of the shooter genre, with a shotgun, rocket launcher and machine gun all getting their due. The slime thrower is an especially creative weapon in that its alternate fire creates elastic tethers of slime used to move objects, solve puzzles and really piss off ghosts.Teamwork is also an important aspect in encounters with the supernatural. Throughout most of the game you will be traversing levels with at least one other Ghostbuster by your side. When you fall in combat, they'll run over and revive you, provided they aren't completely pinned down. Likewise, saving them is important both to have someone to keep you alive and as a way to draw attacks from other enemies.When it comes down to it, the Ghostbusters are not a very effective fighting force. You'll wind up doing the lion's share of ghost elimination throughout the campaign. This does have the effect of making them feel more like necessary crutches than actual partners during the gameplay, but their quips and commentary are well worth the occasional hassle of keeping them alive.Besides, you'll probably get knocked out quite a bit. The characters are pretty fragile in the face of unholy forces from beyond the grave. The game offers a dodge command, but its response time and the amount of movement it actually performs renders it pretty much useless against all but the slowest of enemies. Knowing your enemy helps quite a bit in combat and your PKE meter provides useful information. Scanning ghosts with it will reveal strengths and weaknesses to give you a better idea of how to take them out. It can be a little risky pulling it out in the middle of combat, as the animation leaves you vulnerable and you can't fire weapons while using the PKE meter. Still, it's well worth the effort to scan as many enemies as you can.In fact, learn to love your PKE meter, because you two are going to be best friends. It serves as a helpful guide on where to travel next, for starters. You'll also have to refer to it freqently to find hidden doorways. Plus, using it to hunt down and scan cursed artifacts will earn you money that can be spent upgrading your equipment. The idea is fun but gets played out after a few levels, where as much time is spent with your head in the meter as busting ghosts.The PKE meter serves another really important function in Ghostbusters. See, the films are always remembered for their wit, but the first film is actually pretty damn creepy in points. Similarly, the game works up some tense moments, particularly when the player is stuck in a first-person view without any weapons. Cheap shots? Certainly, but effective and entertaining.Alongside the single-player campaign, Ghostbusters has an online multiplayer component. These games are all a combination of cooperative and competitive play and there are quite a few modes available. They range from surviving wave after wave of ghosts, to defending relics and destroying ghost generators. Just as in the single-player, getting knocked down does not knock you out. Other players can revive you, or you'll simply get up on your own in about thirty seconds. The emphasis on teamwork is really strong, and all players being knocked out will prematurely end a mission. Trying to go it alone simply to score more points than your teammates will usually result in a swift death.Also of interest are the "Most Wanted Ghosts," a collection of special spooks found only in the multiplayer. By meeting specific criteria during a multiplayer game, these unique specters may manifest and give you an opportunity to catch them. While I'll probably never spend the requisite time in multiplayer to collect them, I can see it being an appealing challenge.It's all fun, but not something I can see being a long-term love affair. It's also a little baffling why cooperative multiplayer wasn't implemented for the main story campaign. The gameplay feels tailor-made to allow a group of friends to traverse it together, and it's disappointing that anybody bothered to do multiplayer in the first place without making a co-op campaign a priority.Ghostbusters winds up in an interesting position, being one of the finest games I've ever played based on a film property. It's a good title but not a staggeringly good one. The single-player campaign is entertaining for its eight- to ten-hour run but doesn't have a whole lot of replay value, making this a highly recommended rental.Score: 8.0Final score: 7.5 -- Good (7s are solid games that definitely have an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.)
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In 1991, had we been given the opportunity to join the Ghostbusters as an “Experimental Equipment Technician,” we probably would have jumped at the chance. It’s a job that would prove to be extremely dangero...

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Devs respond to PS3 Ghostbusters controversy, make it worse


Jun 18
// Jim Sterling
The ridiculous fanboy wars spilled over into multiplatform territory recently when the PS3 version of Terminal Reality's Ghostbusters was said to run at a lower resolution to the Xbox 360 version. While normal human beings wo...
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Ghostbusters pre-order reminder call comes from Dan Aykroyd


Jun 15
// Dale North
Who you gonna call? No, it's more like who is going to call you? I don't want to ruin the surprise, but...aw, f*ck it. Dan Aykroyd is going to call you if you pre-ordered the upcoming Ghostbusters game at GameStop. The Canadi...
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For auction at Sam's Club: Dan Aykroyd signed poster, game


Jun 09
// Dale North
Bustin' makes me feel good, and so does letting you know about things first. Perhaps you're a Ghostbusters fan. Or maybe a Dan Aykroyd fan. Both would likely be interested in these upcoming Sam's Club.com auctions. There will...
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Xbox 360 version of Ghostbusters not region locked


Jun 09
// Nick Chester
Ghostbusters fans and Xbox 360 owners across Europe were more than a bit peeved when they first learned that Sony had locked down Terminal Reality's game for a timed PlayStation 3 release in that region. Destructoid is based ...
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E3 09: Burch 'n Davis play Ghostbusters


Jun 04
// Destructoid Staff
After yesterday's Ghostbuster mini-fiasco, we made it a point  to go straight to the Sony booth this morning to get to the game before the rest of the crowd could. I was nervous about what was about to happen, because th...
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E3 09: Ecto-1 bringing Ghostbusters to life for nerds of E3


Jun 02
// Ben Perlee
E3 right now has a whole lot of stuff sitting in front of the LA Convention Center. From literal piles of crap, to gigantic advertisements for videogames. It's pretty damn exciting! However, the best of the best has to be the...
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Ghostbusters PlayStation 3 demo coming to Europe soon


Jun 01
// Brad Nicholson
If you’re a PlayStation 3-equipped European with a fancy for Ghostbusters, get excited: you’ll be able to try out the game this month. The official European PlayStation blog has confirmed a demo for Terminal Reali...
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Here's what portable ghostbusting on the DS looks like


May 27
// Nick Chester
I’ve been playing a preview build of the Xbox 360 version of Ghostbusters for a few days now, and it not anything like what’s shown in the trailer after the jump. Oh, this is for the Nintendo DS version of the gam...
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Games Ghostbusters play: Q*Bert


May 20
// Nick Chester
Having spent an hour or so with a preview build of Terminal Reality's Ghostbusters for the Xbox 360 this afternoon, I've come to one conclusion -- busting ghosts isn't all fun and games. Okay, well, it is actually kind of fun...
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Ghostbusters multiplayer trailer looks ectoplastastic


May 13
// Colette Bennett
Mmm. Ghostbusters, I am excited for you. The exclusive video from Gametrailers you can watch after the jump shows off an aspect of the upcoming game that many gamers have been curious about: multiplayer mode. I'm not that big...
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GameCrazy gives Stay Puft with your Ghostbusters preorder!


May 11
// Colette Bennett
If you're toy-nerdy and really into Ghostbusters like I am, you may remember that Mattel made a Stay-Puft marshmellow man collectible way back in 1986. I always really regretted not buying it (or begging my parents for it, co...
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Ghostbusters exclusivity clarified, Europeans get screwed


May 06
// Jim Sterling
This morning we announced Sony's rather surprising coup when it became apparent that Ghostbusters would become a timed PlayStation exclusive. However, it has now become apparent that it's only exclusive in Europe, with Atari ...
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Sony has today pulled a shocking coup, using its clout as the owner of the original Ghostbusters movie license to negotiate a cheeky last minute deal with Atari and turn the Ghostbusters game into a timed PlayStation exclusiv...

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Ghostbusters' Infernal Engine to power even more games


May 04
// Dale North
Terminal Reality used their Infernal Engine to power the upcoming Ghostbusters game, but now it seems that that same engine will go on to power even more games.We go from hunting ghosts to...hunting bass? And deer? I guess it...
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Take a peek at Ghostbusters: The Video Game's opening


Apr 27
// Colette Bennett
Desperate to get your hands on Ghostbusters? Trust me, I'm right there with you -- that short demo I played at last year's San Diego Comic Con was nowhere near enough. Gametrailers has an exclusive sneak peek at the game's op...
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Take a look at Amazon's exclusive Ghostbusters pack


Apr 19
// Matthew Razak
Before we get into this, did it ever bother anyone else that Slimer was a ghost, but the Ghostbusters never busted him? We're talking cartoon Ghostbusters here, so not exactly canon, but it still stuck out in my mind. Despite...

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