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Mindless Review: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game is a downloadable title thats a love letter not only to fans of the comics, but to fans of old school beat em’ ups such as River City Ransom and Final Fight.

Based on the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World roughly follows the plot of the books.  All you get in terms of story is that Scott Pilgrim is in love with Ramona Flowers and you must defeat her seven ‘evil exes’ in order to be with her.

Thats really the only piece of exposition your given in the game, but with beat em’ ups, story isn’t really that important it’s the gameplay.  You don’t need any knowledge of the graphic novels, or the movie to follow along, but having some definitely does add some bonus enjoyment to the experience.

You have the choice of choosing between four characters to play as: Scott PilgrimRamona FlowersKim Pine and Stephen Stills.  Each character plays the same for the most part.  Each has light and strong attacks that you can string together for combos.  Each character has their own unique special attack, and the ability to call in a ‘Striker‘, or an assistant character that comes in to lend a hand.

As you fight you’ll level up and learn new moves to beef up your character.  Taking a big influence from River City Ransom you’ll also go to shops to buy food and items that will increase your base stats.

You’ll fight your way across seven stages, with the option of going solo, or fighting with three friends through local co-op.  The levels are actually quite lengthy, and they sport a lot of variation.  You’ll go from snowy Toronto streets, to fighting on top of busses, across movie sets and more.

The game isn’t to long, roughly only five hours or so.  If your a fan of the series you’ll want to play through as each character since they each have their own endings.  The fact that I’ve beaten it twice and going through it a third time is testement to not only it’s replay value, but also to how fun the game is.

The game sports a great retro 16-bit style look, that perfectly captures the look of the graphic novels in moving pixel form.  The sprites look great sporting a lot of detail, colour and personality.  Each of the main characters has their own uniques attack animations, alternate colour schemes and end stage sequence that references other classic games.  There are tons of visual nods to other classic games littered within Scott Pilgrim.  The map screen for example is a through back to the map screens of Mario Bros 3.

The best part of this game is easily the music.  Chip tune band Anamanaguhi provides the music for the game and they did an excellent job with it.  This is easily one of the best soundtracks for a game I can think of.  Sure you have all the classics like Mario and Zelda, but Scott Pilgrim is the first game I’ve played where I wanted to play just so I could listen to the music.

The biggest downside to Scott Pilgrim is that there is no online co-op.  While this doesn’t ruin the experience since you can still call three friends over and play co-op locally, it just seems like a huge misstep in this day in age not to have online co-op.

Aside from having no online co-op, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game is a great old school beat em’ up, that even people who aren’t fans of Scott Pilgrim can enjoy.  Boasting a great 16-bit look, a sold combat system and one of the greatest game soundtracks I’ve heard in recent memory, for only $10 you’d be a fool not to pick this one up.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game: 9/10

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