Though Dan Aykroyd recently said that casting was ongoing for Ghostbusters 3, the whole thing doesn’t seem real. In fact, it’s not going to seem real until he, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson put on the jump suits, proton packs and snap a picture. Then I’ll believe Ghostbusters 3 is happening.

Still, anyone who plays video games knows a third Ghostbusters story starring all four original cast members is already out there. Ghostbusters: The Video Game was released last year and was a massive hit. You played as a rookie, learning the ropes from the original Ghostbusters (who all provided their voices to the game), who had to bust a whole bunch of ghosts in their biggest case yet. The game was really short but incredibly fun – from the old school Columbia Pictures logo at the beginning, to the jokes about Walter Peck in the middle, to the epic battle at the end. (If you aren’t going to play it, read the story. It would make a great movie.)

Now, a second Ghostbusters video game will be released in the Spring called Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime. Available on X-Box Live and PlayStation Network, this sequel won’t have any of the original cast members returning and will be over head in stead of third person, but it will have local and online four player multiplayer. Read more about it and see the full size versions of the photos after the break.

USA Today’s Game Hunters got the scoop from Sony and Atari about the game. In their article they call this game “a passing of the Ghostbusters guard” because none of the original actors will return. Really, that’s just a nice way of saying “cheaper sequel.” But, isn’t that what Ghostbusters 3 is going to be too? A passing of the guard? Maybe this is just getting us ready for that.

In the game, up to four players can take control of nameless Ghostbusters to wrangle up a bunch of baddies. Plus, players will get to drive – no, not the Ecto 1, 2 or 3 – they’ll get to drive the Ecto 4WD as seen in this photo.

While regular game play will look a little something like this:

Even though it won’t have the original voice actors, since I can download the game so easily, I’ll probably pony up the $10 or $15 dollars it’s going to cost just to blast away a few ghosts. The first game was a whole bunch of fun, even when Bill Murray wasn’t talking, so maybe this will be more of the same.

Is this a game you’ll download and play or do you vehemently oppose its existence without the voices of the original Ghostbusters?

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