Week in gaming: Ghostbusters reviews, PS3 trouble, Rock Band

June 21, 2009

This week we have… well, we have many stories about Ghostbusters. That’s not surprising: the brand is still strong, the game is fun, and even the Wii version is worth checking out. In other news Prototype leaves us cold, and Rock Band makes a high-quality jump to the PSP. Let’s take a look at what the gaming world was talking about this week.

Dogs and cats, living together: Ars reviews Ghostbusters: Ghostbusters brings what we loved about the movie to video games, with some great results. This is far from a perfect title, but fans of the movie will quickly overlook the game’s few flaws.

Prototype review: One thing you can’t destroy is yourself: Prototype may look like a solid open-world game at first blush, but a nihilistic story and a bland engine keep the game from competing directly with its betters.

Ghostbusters: graphically, you’ll want to stick with the 360: Ghostbusters is a very nice-looking game, but a head-to-head comparison shows the difference between the PS3 and 360 versions. Updated with our own test.

Ars Father’s Day Gift Guide: Gamer Dad Edition: Gamers can be hard to shop for, because they always have in mind a list of games they want, and if the game you bought them isn’t on that list, it’ll get traded in for one that is. But if you’re tasked with shopping for a gamer dad this Father’s Day (or if you’re a gamer dad who’s shopping for himself), then Ars is here to help.

Dan Aykroyd calls Ghostbuster preorders, begs for trade-ins: Gamers who preordered their copy of Ghostbusters from gaming chain Game Stop received quite the surprise today, when an actual buster of ghosts called to remind them to pick up the game. Oh yeah, and to trade in some old games.

Gaming hardware, software sees slump in May: Video game sales in May slipped both month over month and year over year. The software sales top ten list has some surprises, however, as some new IP found success. We take a look at the numbers.

GameStop adds extra $5 to cost of MotionPlus: Just a quick heads up: GameStop has jacked the price of the MotionPlus standalone hardware by $5. If you’re interested in picking up a few for your extra Wiimotes, might we suggest going anywhere else?

Band on the run: Ars reviews Rock Band: Unplugged: Rock Band comes to handhelds with the release of Rock Band: Unplugged. Ars goes on tour and reports back on a really solid title with one glaring omission.

Wii Ghostbusters: cartoons get spooky: Ghostbusters for the Nintendo Wii changes enough of the game to take advantage of the system’s controls and adapts to the lower power of the hardware, while not losing the charm of the originals.

Take-2 claims 3D Realms hiding money, Duke cries in basement: 3D Realms and Take-Two are in the middle of a bitter lawsuit for control of Duke Nukem Forever, and now Take-Two is claiming 3D Realms has a large sum of money in an offshore account. Scott Miller denies this, and the court case offers no hints at a resolution.

Be sure to keep your eye on Opposable Thumbs for all your gaming needs.

This post has been written by Ben Kuchera on June 20, 2009 3:00 PM couresy of arstechnica.com.

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