Platform(s): PSN/XBLA (PSN Reviewed)
Things You Might Like:
- Beautiful sprites designed by Paul Robertson
- Classic gameplay
- Awesome music by Anamanaguchi
- Level-Up system that provides timely combination unlocks
- 4 Player Co-op
- Several hours long
- Tacked on ‘Survival Horror Mode’
Things You Might Not Like:
- Multiple Playstation3 profile logins are tricky to maneuver
- No tutorial at all. READ THE MANUAL (Digital)
- Co-op is local only (same system)
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game provides hours of enjoyment for fans of beat ‘em ups, regardless of your opinion of the books and movies.
4 out of 5 River Cities Ransomed
There are a lot of videogames created as movie tie-ins. We all, okay, those of us over 25, remember a time when videogames were cranked out with every major movie release. Movies like Toys, starring Robin Williams, even had videogame counterparts on the major consoles. Some of them were excellent (though remembering one seems oddly tough right now) and most were abysmal. With the increase in popularity of services like XBOX Live Arcade (XBLA) and Playstation Network (PSN), it was only a matter of time before we would see their resurgence.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game is a game built to please fans of the books and movies, as well as fans of classic beat’em ups. Brian Lee O’Malley, author of the comic series, knew his audience well when he wrote them. The books and the movie are packed full of nerd culture, so the transition to videogame is actually pretty natural. Now, you have to remember that the point of this game is not to impart narrative. It’s to take the fun elements of the books and layer them over a classic beat ‘em up framework.
The gameplay is akin to River City Ransom (referenced in the books). Your characters walk around horizontal levels, as per all games in this genre, and fight wave after wave of enemies. Every enemy drops money (Canadian coins to be precise) which can be spent to upgrade your characters stats. All the characters (Scott, Ramona, Steven Stills, and Kim Pine) have similar attacks. You’ve got the classic Heavy/Light attack scenario coupled with character specific special moves as well as another, that summons Knives Chau in most cases. The unique addition here is the ‘Taunt’ which, when used in tandem with the other players, kicks off a super attack that damages all enemies on screen.
The mechanics at work here are executed well, though they still suffer from the standard hiccups common to this genre. Lining up your characters with the enemies on screen can be troublesome at times, and getting ganged up on by a group of enemies can be tough to handle. Also, the game will occasionally spawn enemies in areas that take them a while to get to you. This can lead to a minute or two of waiting, wondering if the game has frozen.
Also of concern, as I mentioned in the bullet points above, is the Playstation3′s handling of multiple user account sign-ons. Unless the second, third, fourth players sign in through a complicated ritual before the game starts, they may lose their saves. This happened to a friend of mine. Fortunately, we were able to grind some XP in the ‘Horror Survival Mode’, which feature endless waves of the undead.
While it has its flaws, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game is pure fanservice to devotees of old school games and it delivers fun in large amounts.