Repost: Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game Review

Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game is the video game based off the graphic novel series written by Bryan Lee O’Malley and published by Oni Press. A companion to the movie, the video game goes back to the source material for the adaptation rather than use the movie. Interestingly enough, the original independent graphic novel series contains many video game references which help cement the presentation of the title.

Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game is a throwback to 8-bit graphics where most of the references of the series come from.

The Plot

Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game follows the same story as the graphic novels; Scott Pilgrim has to defeat Ramona Flowers’ Seven Evil Exes before he can have her as his girlfriend all to himself. These Evil Exes come from Flower’s past from grade school to her present. Pilgrim has to use his fighting skills to win against them all.

The Look

Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game is an 8-bit HD masterpiece. The visuals of the title use the 8-bit style and create a world that is an almost 100% recreation of the graphic novel. All the characters are more recognizable to their original style and it looks perfect. There aren’t any noticeable issues with the visuals, especially when there are droves of enemies on the screen.

Each area has its own theme that is attached to the Evil Ex and going through the levels is fun, especially for all the small hints back to the graphic novel.

The Sound

As well as the visuals using the 8-bit style, Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game uses the chiptune genre to provide the sound of the title. The chiptune band, Anamanaguchi, provides the soundtrack of the mixture of 8-bit sounds and full band. The style fits the title very well and there isn’t a low moment with the music; parallel the action of the title perfectly throughout every level.

Function

Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game is a side-scrolling beat-em-up providing four player local multiplayer. Characters gain money by defeating enemies and can use the funds to upgrade their stats by buying food, music, or books. With the very simple, move through the level until the end boss who is an Evil Ex; Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game does provide a lot of gameplay.

Even with most of the title spent button mashing, once players level up on of the four playable characters (Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Stephen Stills, or Kim Pine), the title does become much more strategic. The title is a reminder of what the 8-bit era offered and also shows why these past games could be so addictive.

The only real issue is that the title is strangely difficult. Not in the overall difficulty of the title, but some issues rise during playing the title like the inability to successfully block most of the time, enemies juggling players, and level design elements that simply lead to death repeatedly.

While I could consider these reminders of the old era, the title’s issues with these are sporadic so it’s not too annoying. Leveling characters is important early in the title and even going back through early levels to earn some extra funds is necessary playing solo. Even though playing solo is fun, the title is meant for four players and the lack of online multiplayer is a bit disappointing. But I can imagine playing with four players next to each other is a great experience.

Decisions

Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game is one of the best adaptations released for current generation systems. It uses the source material to present a great title and provides a lot of fun. It’s simplicity is recognized, but it provides a great experience that isn’t really present on systems.

The title is one that needs to be in the library of players because even though it can be completed solo, coming back and playing with friends will provide more hours of fun.

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