Magic

Happy Weekend TAY!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend and has lots of gaming planned. (unless you are spikespeigel and moving to a different state)...see, mowing the lawn just doesn’t seem so bad after knowing that, does it? Good luck spike!

I finished off Ghostbusters: The Video Game at the beginning of the week and damn if that isn’t one of the best-licensed titles out there. I still prefer things like Alien: Isolation, Chronicles of Riddick, and Batman: Arkham Knight when it comes to gameplay in a licensed title, but for pure entertainment value, Ghostbusters: The Video Game definitely holds its own.

Really, it is the acting and story that carries Ghostbusters: The Video Game to such heights. That’s not to say that the gameplay wasn’t immensely enjoyable but having the original Ghostbusters back together in video and audio really pleases the nerd-center of my brain.

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Ghostbusters (the movie) had a huge impact on me as a kid. Well, I assume that it had a huge impact on films and a good chunk of the world in general. When that movie hit in 1984 (I was 13 years old), it was ghostbusting overload for quite a while.

The film was a technical marvel (nominated for an Oscar for visual effects), a casting miracle, and a whole heap of fun. The soundtrack was fantastic too (theme song also nominated for an Oscar) and I played the tape over-and-over in my walkman.

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I also played the crap out of the Commodore 64 version of the original Ghostbusters game and, for the time, it was an amazing little gem with co-op support.

Commodore 64 Ghostbusters (1984)

I loved everything Ghostbusters in 1984 and Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009) has brought all of those happy feelings home.

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Yes, those are video game credits.

Having the cast voiced by their original actors, after more than 25 years, is no small feat and is the absolute highlight of the game. Plus, making the player’s character silent is a stroke of pure genius. The Ghostbusters speak to your character but the excellent script doesn’t hear a peep from your nameless gob. We are primarily just hearing from the original Ghostbusters’ cast in a video game...I really couldn’t have asked for more.

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The gameplay itself was a blast and quite challenging on the highest difficulty level. It killed me quite often but always felt extremely fair. It is a shame there wasn’t more of these games created and that Terminal Reality isn’t around any longer to make more. However, since we lost Harold Ramis in 2014, I can’t bear to think of the original Ghostbusters line-up without Egon.

If you loved Ghostbusters (the movie), definitely check out the game. There is magic in that code.

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So, after finishing Ghostbusters: The Video Game you’d think nothing would satisfy me. Normally, you’d probably be right, except normally I’m not playing Rage.

After all the buzz about Rage 2 recently, I couldn’t get the original game off my mind and I wondered how well my fond memories of it have aged.

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I’m just early into the game but there is some master-craft gaming going on there. I’m having an amazing time so far and I’ve basically just started. The game ran like crap on my PC when I installed it, but a friendly wizard posted some config tweaks on Steam that makes the game look and run better than I have ever witnessed. Rage scratches that Doom (2016) itch that was pestering me and I’m looking forward to finally seeing the DLC that I never got around to when the game was first released.

My family has been trying to play more Rock Band lately and hopefully, we will find more time for that this weekend. I also picked up a 3-month Xbox Game Pass for a steal (check your Microsoft Store to see if you have the deal where you are) and I’m sure I’ll look at some of the stuff on there. Otherwise, it will be all Rage all the time.

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So, what are you playing this weekend?