So the first trailers for the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters, starring Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig, have released online and well...fans are not happy.
Some are calling it a cash grab, some are calling it a feminist movement (riiiiiight), and some are even calling it offensive. Me? Well I thought the trailers were decent: I like the actresses, I think the director has talent, and the action looks nice. It looks like it might be a fun romp. However I'm here to talk about something some people have been saying since the trailer appeared online:
"They should have made it a Ghostbusters 3." "We need a Ghostbusters 3." "Why a reboot? Just make a Ghostbusters 3."
Now I totally get these comments, I personally would have gone with a Ghostbusters sequel rather than a full-on reboot, or make it a soft-reboot like J.J. Abrams' Star Trek where it is part of the same universe as the originals but stands on its own. However if they did that, it technically would be a Ghostbusters 4.
Yep, you read that correctly. Now some of you might be saying, "WHAT?!? There is no Ghostbusters 3!" Is there not?
Let's rewind back to 2009 shall we? There was a Ghostbusters project written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis about a new cadet joining the team as an all-new supernatural threat hits New York City. The project also happened to star Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts.
That project was known as Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
That's right, this is not just an adaptation of the original movie into a video game form. It acts as a direct sequel to 1989's Ghostbusters II written by the original creators and starring all the stars of the original movies...except Rick Moranis unfortunately, but at least we got Annie Potts. The game takes place in 1991 and a new cadet, AKA you, The Player, has joined the Ghostbusters.
After returning to the same hotel from the first movie to round up an escaped Slimer, you and the Ghostbusters go off on an adventure to save New York from events that connect right back to the inaugural movie.
If that doesn't interest you, I don't know what will. As a fan of Ghostbusters, I was completely floored by this game. At first I was disappointed by the fact that you don't get to play as any of the four original Ghostbusters, but I soon discovered that being the new cadet was actually a better concept: he never talks so it gives you a feeling that you are this rookie and you are working and talking with these four legends.
From beginning to end, this game feels like a true Ghostbusters sequel; the opening sequence, featuring the iconic theme by Ray Parker Jr., alone got me hooked, the writing is on point, the tone is great, of course the jokes and banter are hilarious, the actors put everything into their performances, the story is very surprising, the set pieces blew my mind, the gameplay is smooth, the mechanics are fun, and the graphics are fantastic.
Not only is this a great Ghostbusters game, it is one of my favorite games ever made and I highly recommend you play.
So since this was made by the original creators, most fans assume that the game is canon. So if you want a Ghostbusters 3, I urge you to boot up your Xbox 360 or your PlayStation 3, grab your controller, heat it up, make it hard, put on your beige overalls (if you have them) and have yourself a blast with this game.