Ghostbusters: Sanctum Of Slime Revives Janosz Poha
March 21, 2011
Well, now you have my attention. I've been a bit ho-hum on the imminent Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime downloadable title from Atari for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and PC due to the lack of involvement from Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, et al as we enjoyed in 2009's Ghostbusters: The Video Game, but perhaps there's something interesting going on with Sanctum after all. As the PlayStation Blog reports, the game is tied to the Ghostbusters mythology after all beyond the use of a few key weapons and a theme song. Peter Venkman and Ray Stantz may be sitting this adventure out, but guess who's back for an encore from Ghostbusters 2? As it turns out, Sanctum's storyline is kickstarted by the former head of the restoration department at the Manhattan Museum of Art: Dr. Janosz Poha.
In Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, the story begins 4000 years ago with a strange cult mourning the death of Dumazu, an ancient demon of death and destruction. Fast forward to 1989, when museum curator Janosz Poha is sent to a mental institution following the events in Ghostbusters 2. There he meets Ismael, the self-proclaimed last member of the cult of Dumazu. Ismael seeks a Shard of the Relic of Nilhe, a mystic artifact that possesses the power to bring Dumazu the Destroyer back to life, and he tasks Janosz with obtaining it. Janosz’s reward: Dana Barrett.
Some years later, following Janosz’s release from the mental institution, a wave of unusual paranormal manifestations start appearing all over New York City. The Ghostbusters can’t handle all the heat with this latest outbreak, so they recruit a young group of paranormal studies enthusiasts to lend a hand. And that’s where you come in, guiding the rookie team in their first adventure to find the truth behind Ismael, the Relic of Nilhe, and Dumazu the Destroyer!
Even if the game turns out to fall below expectations, I'm now at least interested in hearing more of the story. I have little interest in a Ghostbusters adventure that completely breaks from the characters from the films, but with Janosz featured in Sanctum in a way that ties the title to the established franchise continuity, I have to admit that I'm much more open to trying this title than I was before. Any time a new installment of a favorite franchise can answer "And then what happened?" in an entertaining form, I'm inclined to check it out.