Community Review: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game
Scott Pilgrim's world is one with power ups, collectibles, rampant easter eggs and life bars. It's essentially a licensed video game waiting to happen.
- Worth The Time?Yes
- Things LovedOld school aesthetics and style, greatly fun gameplay. Smooth controls, lots of fun with friends.
- Things HatedDoesn't cater to those who haven't read the comics, lack of direction with unlockables.
- RecommendationA great game for series fans, good fun for newcomers.
- Name: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game
- Genre: Beat 'Em Up
- Players: 1-4
- Multiplayer: Online, co-op
- Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
- Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
- Publisher: Ubisoft, Universal Studios
- Price: R90
- Reviewed On: Xbox 360
This is a Community Review by Chad Thesen.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 title made for fans and it is loosely based on the six Scott pilgrim graphic novels already released.
If you haven’t read the graphic novels (or at least watched the movie) then I don’t recommend a buy for the storyline itself.
As far as the storyline is concerned, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was created by Bryan Lee O’Malley and it’s the story of Scott Pilgrim, a 23 year old Canadian slacker and bass player, who falls for a girl by the name of Ramona Flowers. But, before Scott is able to date Ramona he must first defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends.
At first I played it with a friend, but he was confused and always asking questions. So, on stage two I turned it off, gave him the graphic novels and told him to return the next day. The game is a lot better if you are familiar with the franchise as there are confusing parts which you might not understand.
For example, one level shows “Clash at Demonhead” arrive as a group, but at the end of the level it shows Envy and Lynette fighting. Fans will know it’s cause Lynette slept with Envy’s boyfriend Todd, whereas players with no background knowledge will be wondering what all the commotion is about.
Gameplay-wise, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a Beat ‘Em Up, which is great. Fans of old-school arcade Beat ‘Em Up’s like Streets of Rage, River City Ransom, Final Fight and Double Dragon are going to love the game for the gameplay alone.
The game allows you to choose from four of the graphic novel’s main protagonists, namely: Scott Pilgrim, Stephen Stills, Kim Pine and Ramona Flowers — there’s no Wallace.
Each character offers something different to the game. Scott is all around awesome, with punches, kicks, and slide-kicks to downed enemies; he’s a favourite. Stephen Stills is more of a rough and tough brawler. Expect light punches, heavy punches, the ability to punch downed enemies, and headbutt! x13. Ramona’s feature includes the ability to summon a random weapon out of her subspace handbag, for a minor cost of Gut Points. Kim is the only character in the game who can heal herself by spending Guts Points, instead of buying an item to heal with.
When you start the game you have a set amount of everything. You buy items, and each item offers you something unique. Some items will offer an increase in stats, others will offer Guts Points or Health. Guts Points allows you to perform special moves or summon Knives Chau, a character who can help out at will.
If you die, you lose a life and come back with full health and full guts.
You can play with up to three friends, and this makes the entire screen way more chaotic and way more fun. Throw an object at an enemy, watch it bounce, fly past you, hit your friend in the face, bounce off him, and whack you in the back of the head before landing on the floor.
If you go down, a friend can run and revive you as long as they are not interrupted before the timer runs out. Whenever you have all four characters playing at once, simultaneously press and hold taunt to bust out the team attack move.
As you play through the game your character levels up and learns an arsenal of new moves, but doesn’t increase in stats. Stats are manually increased by consuming or purchasing certain items. Thing is, you’re never told what item does what. But this is one of the fun aspects of buying almost everything, to see what it does.
The graphics are pixelated, and it was made to look like an old school Beat ‘Em Up. However, the bright colours make it apparent that it’s a modern game trying to look retro. And it works.
Control-wise, the game is very smooth and enjoyable. You will only be annoyed when trying to run because you have the choice of double tap, or a fast press to the left analog stick to activate this. If you move up or down while running you begin to walk. It takes a little getting used to, but after a while you get the hang of it. Unfortunately, there is no auto-run feature for those who find walking tedious.
The game provides a nice atmosphere of retro 8-bit music which meshes perfectly with the gameplay and makes it feel like an old school arcade game you’d blow a pocket full of tokens on.
It’s a linear game with an easy path to follow. If you get lost, you’ve done the impossible. To be found, just keep travelling to the right and you ‘re going in the right direction. Simple, and fun.
The stages are unique and non-puzzle. There seven stages and each has a boss fight and great theme based expectations of things to use as beating sticks and enemies. Some stages link to the graphic novels, while others represent the bosses themselves.
Do not expect the game to be very accurate, because like I said, it’s loosely based. You will however see a lot from the novels, but not everything will be shared.
Trophies and Achievements are all offline. You don’t need an internet connection to get 100% trophies/achievements. There are only three or so trophies/achievements achieved from playing through the entire game. Most of the trophies come from certain actions in the game.
There is currently one DLC pack which adds Knives Chau as a playable character; Player-Vs-Player Arena mode; Boss Rush mode; Survival Horror mode; a Dodge ball mini-game, and 3 additional trophies.
— Chad Thesen [Community Articles: Have Your Say On Our Site]