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Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game Review

August 19, 2010

The Scott Pilgrim Vs The World movie, based on the 6 part Scott Pilgrim comic series was released last week to theaters, to coincide with that Ubisoft made and released Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game last week as well.  I know what you’re thinking, a game based on not just a comic, but the movie the comic was based on? It can’t be good, be gone property based game be gone!!!!!

Thankfully Ubisoft did a good job and while a bit on the small side, Scott Pilgrim is a lot of fun.  For those who are unaware of the premise of Scott Pilgrim and have yet to read the comics or see the movie (you should it’s awesome), Scott Pilgrim must fight and defeat Romona Flowers’ 7 evil exs.  This in turn, leads to seven different levels to the game, each with little secrets and surprises to discover.

The game has a retro style to everything about the game.  The world map goes back to the likes of Super Mario World, while the game sports a 16 bit look, albeit a more Hdified version.  The 16 bit style works well for a game and it really helps bring the style of the comics to the game.  You’ve probably heard this in every preview or review of the game thus far but here it goes again, the game plays very much like River City Ransom.  If you’ve never played that game well here’s the explanation for you!  The player and up to three friends play through the game’s seven levels while defeating enemies on screen and collecting money.

This money can be used to buy food items that heal the characters, give experience and stats as well as specific stat building items used to buff the characters up.  The characters will level up from fighting/buying items and will eventually reach a max level of 16.  There are a few stats such as strength, willpower, speed etc that can be raised with items to the max 100 giving the player a distinct advantage.  A good amount of time can be spent maxing out the original four characters, not counting the two unlockable characters.

The fighting is pretty fun in the game, however when starting with a new character it can be a tad slow due to the low speed stat and limited number of skills, but as that character progresses it becomes much more fun to the point no matter level you play you’ll be having fun.

There are also a lot of hidden goodies like hidden shops, subspace highways that speed you through levels and little winks and nods throughout the game.

As I said before the game sports a 16 bit retro style but the true gem of the game is the music.  Composed by the chiptune band Anamanaguchi (who are awesome), the soundtrack is great to listen to and I really hope they release the Soundtrack to buy/download because it’s that great (Here’s a sample someone got from the game It’s just a youtube link)

Overall Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The game is a great game to play with friends and a lot of fun for just $10, especially if you are a fan of the comics and or movie.


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