Published on July 1st, 2013 | by Duke0912
Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
Developer(s): Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Chengdu, and Ubisoft Pune Production Studio
Publisher(s): Ubisoft and Universal Studios
System(s): PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Network), Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade)
Release Date(s): August 10, 2010 (North America, PlayStation 3), August 11, 2010 (Europe, PlayStation 3), August 25, 2010 (North America and Europe, Xbox 360), October 20, 2012 (Japan, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game is based off of the graphic novel series of the same name (minus “The Game of course). It’s a beat ’em up with a few RPG elements mixed in here and there, and follows a cast of crazy characters fighting against countless enemies in order to reach the end of a level. Sounds fun, right?
The game overall is pretty enjoyable, partly because of the character roster. You can pick from quite a few characters, and each of them bring something unique to the adventure. Scott Pilgrim, the main character, is more balanced than anyone else in the roster, while Ramona is a little more unorthodox and carries a stone mallet with her to pummel her foes. You’re sure to find someone you like, but it may take some time before you figure out which character best suits you.
Each character starts out more or less the same, but there are some RPG elements mixed into Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game to differentiate the cast. Each character can punch, jump, and block when you start out, but as you gain experience you’ll level up and learn new moves. There are also special moves and character assists, both of which require guts points in order to use. You also have four different stats that you can increase by purchasing items from shops scattered across the game. The money you earn is picked up from enemies you defeat, and though it’s small change, it can add up from finding secret areas in each level. Each stat can be maxed out to 100 (attack, defense, weapon power, speed), and trying to raise all of these stats early on will greatly soften the blow from the challenges this beat ’em up will throw at you.
The difficulty of this game; where to begin? This alone will no doubt form the basis of anyone that tries playing this game. There are three difficulty settings for you to choose from, but even easy mode, with friends playing alongside you, will be brutal. I personally enjoy difficult games, but even I will admit that my first time through, both solo and co-op, had some of the most difficult challenges of any game I played recently. A part of the challenge comes from the fact that when an enemy lands a hit on you, your character will flinch and leave you defenseless. This gives them a chance to follow up with a combo, but that’s not all. Piles of enemies can be on the screen at once, so don’t be surprised if you get attacked from out of nowhere while trying to defend yourself. This crazy difficulty is one of the things that gives this game charm, but hurts it at the same time. Even with a full group of friends, I found it to be a struggle to survive, and it would be no surprise if the challenge turned gamers away from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game.
With the recent update released in March of 2013, an online multiplayer mode, as well as Wallace Wells as a playable character, was brought into the game. It’s something that was requested when the game was originally released back in 2010, and overall it’s pretty fun in some aspects. It’s enjoyable playing with friends, and you can have a good laugh or two, but it can be a bit glitchy at times. There are times where the connection between players can be sporadic, and will just create random situations for each player. Other times you just can’t connect with others, as it can take up to half an hour to find someone. Connection problems aside, multiplayer, whether it be local or online, is where most of the fun can be had here.
Another highlight for this game is it’s overall presentation. It’s old school game design looks gorgeous, and all the characters animate fluidly. Many gamers will no doubt appreciate the many references to other games, such as the world map inspired by Super Mario World, or an item whose name is based off of Final Fantasy. The upbeat soundtrack works for what it was made to represent, but I find it hard to listen to on my own time.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game does a great job of capturing the feel of the stories, and a great nod to early 90’s gaming. The challenge that it brings though is a bit too much, so it’s actually difficult for me to recommend this to anyone unless you just love challenges. However, if you have a group of friends locally or online, it’s definitely worth checking out since it can soften the brutality.
+ Solid old school gameplay
+ Fun multiplayer
+ 90’s inspired presentation
– Incredibly difficult regardless of difficulty setting
– Online interactions aren’t consistent
Final score 3.75 out of 5