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October 2019 Retro Gaming Article


October 6, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is back, remastered, and exclusive to GameStop for physical copies

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The favored game from 2009 returns to consoles and PC, tiding you over until the 2020 movie.
I have Ghostbusters: The Video Game on Wii, PS3, and PSP... and I'm excited to buy it for my Switch. Yes, the Switch version (also on PS4, PX and Xbox) is a remaster of the 2009 video game, launching October 4th. With a new movie coming out in 2020, some may wonder why not create a brand new game based on the new film. I can see that, but the original game is very special to the franchise.

For starters, both Dan Akroid and Harlod Ramis wrote the script for the game and all four actors (including Hudson and Murray) voiced their roles in the game! Other actors from the movie also reprised their roles, giving the game a real connection to the beloved film.

Physical release of the 2009 game is exclusive to GameStop.
I liked the 2016 reboot with the female Ghostbusters. It revived and reminded us of this amazing franchise that hadn't seen much attention since the 2009 video game. The splendor of that game nearly served as a third Ghostbusters film with it's likeness and attention to details. I'm excited to see what the 2020 film will bring. Too many films have dreadful tie-in video games. These games seem thrown together at the last minute.

Remastering this game breathes a new life into Ghostbusters with more universal appeal than the 2016 film. It's interesting to me that they decided to go with GameStop as an exclusive retailer. This applies only to the physical release. Those seeking to download the game can do so from all the usual places.

I'm sure the exclusivity benefits Gamestop by briefly staving off the competition, but how long is their exclusivity? I'm guessing Target, Walmart, Kmart, and Best Buy will have physical copies in a week or two. Exclusivity is often short lived.

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