There’s only one way to start this review right:

I was in college in 2010 when Scott Pilgrim vs. the World hit theaters. I had a good friend at the time who encouraged me to read the original comic books, so I was pretty immune to anything related to it. Without knowing it, I went to the cinema the day after its release and was instantly hooked. To this day, I refuse to give him that satisfaction.

Three days before the film’s release, Ubisoft released Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The game is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Between the movie, the comic book and a great arcade game, I was hooked. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a fun coming-of-age story of love and introspection that hides behind an abundance of nerd culture and fan service. The game doesn’t have as many themes as the movie or the books, but that was never the intention. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World manages to do exactly what it was meant to do: be the best arcade side-scroller possible. But in late 2014, it was removed from Xbox and PlayStation stores for reasons that are still unclear. The most plausible theory is that Ubisoft’s license simply expired, but in the absence of an official statement from the publisher, we have only speculation.

This week, more than a decade after the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The Wizard: The game has been re-released with the two characters Knives Chau and Wallace Wells as DLC. Scott Pilgrim against the world: The complete edition of the game makes a triumphant return to our hearts and consoles. It’s a welcome return to a great game at a time when we could all use a little positive nonsense in our lives.

Scott Pilgrim immediately brings gamers back to the golden age of NES and SNES 16-bit side-scrolling arcade games. MIDI music opens the game menu as the curtain rises and the player can choose between six different characters. From there, he heads straight for the streets of Toronto, where successive waves of pixelated enemies attack Scott and his friends.

In classic arcade mode, most of the environment can be handled. Trash cans can be picked up and thrown at enemies or used as melee weapons. It’s a bit of a mess, but secondary characters like Stephen Stills, Ramona Flowers and Scott Pilgrim aren’t as big as all their opponents, so they need all the tools at their disposal.

Scott Pilgrim against the world: The full edition game sets players on an adventure where they must defeat each of Ramona Flowers’ evil exes. However, the game is closer to the original comics than the movie. The avatars are pixelated images of the original comic book character, a pleasant change from Michael Cera’s awkwardness.

Still, there are many references to details and clues from the characters that were completely left out of the film. Todd, a telekinetic vegan, cheats on Envy with a third member of the Clash on Demonhead. The father of the knives is a ninja master who is just as angry with Scott as he is with his exes. Including these details is a fun addition for fans and a refreshing addition for everyone else, so each new scene isn’t just ex.

Scott Pilgrim is a return to classic side-scrolling arcade games like Streets of Rage. While it’s not the most original game, it’s a welcome and nostalgic return to the past days of Super Nintendo. Scott Pilgrim’s cooperative and competitive local multiplayer is a welcome change. Considering how many games I played alone in 2020, it was nice to team up with another player and enjoy a game that brings back so many memories.

Scene by scene, players make their way through hordes of hipsters, mo-cap actors, aliens and ninjas. Each character is equipped with similar basic attacks, divided into light attacks, strong attacks and combos. But everyone has special skills. For example, Scott has a spinning shovel and can briefly challenge Knives. Ramona has the same feature as Scott, but she’s waving her iconic wallet around. His ability to summon a bartender to serve Ramona a cup of coffee is much more useful. And, of course, my favorite, Wallace, will use knives to throw daggers to damage the area. He can also perform a ground attack that pulls the bad guys back from the area.

The more Canadian players participate in Curb Stomps, the more experience they gain. Unlike most games with an experience system, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World does not show the player an experience bar to indicate how close they are to the next level. As characters upgrade, they unlock new attacks and combos to avoid pixel kicks.

However, some of the unlocked moves seem to be part of the launch sequence. The ability to resist attacks is not available to players below level 3. Even when he’s awake: New Move flashes on the screen, which is not a pleasant feeling. Only at the most advanced levels does one get the impression that the extra features are sufficiently different or effective to warrant a well-deserved reward. I would prefer the leveling system to be updated for each character so that a full set of moves are available at the start, with the ability to increase passive stats such as health, strength, speed, or power.

Probably one of Scott Pilgrim’s best moments against the world: The game – Full Edition offers a greater variety of stages and opponents. The first leg takes place on the snowy streets of Toronto on the way to RockIt to face Matthew Patel. At first, most of the enemies are just a bunch of hipsters and emo kids from Toronto. What follows is a series of soundscapes in which players chase Lucas Lee and battle stuntmen, skateboarders, and fire-breathing actors in fake Godzilla costumes.

At each level there are all kinds of new villains to defeat and obstacles to avoid. Most of the time it’s funny, but sometimes it’s just boring. On the film set, paparazzi chase the players and stun them with a camera flash. With a photographer, it’s just boring. With two or three, it can be almost impossible to answer. Players lie on the ground, stunned, unable to recover quickly, and become easy targets for the weakest of enemies. In the worst case scenario, the stun may end the game and force the player to return to the beginning of the level.

As happy as I am to be back in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The game shows his age. In the ten years since the release of the first version, games have become faster and more responsive. Scott Pilgrim’s slow response makes him feel as old as he is. There was a real chance to improve the original game, but it was almost entirely wasted in favor of preserving the original game.

Summary: Scott Pilgrim against the world: The full game was not what I had hoped for. It’s still a fun game and a good deal for $15. The music is fun, the story and animation are offbeat, and there are lots of memories with friends playing on the couch club. But his nostalgia clouded our memories of Scott Pilgrim against the world: The game was, and we don’t need it anymore. If I’ve learned anything from this experience, it’s that hipsters, nostalgia and emo kids are the real bad guys.

Pixel art immediately takes players back to the past of slot machines. The variety of characters, plots and bosses ensures that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World isn’t too repetitive, and offers players a wide variety of levels and mini-games to immerse themselves in the adventure.
The classic MIDI sound accompanies this retro-arcade adventure exceptionally well, but none of the songs are distinct enough to be hummable later on. This is unfortunately another case of nostalgia reminding us that our memories of the game are better than the game itself. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is always a fun game, but it’s far more finicky and far less fun than the hype surrounding the return claims.
Last block: 7,5

Scott Pilgrim against the world: The full edition is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia and PC.

Scott Pilgrim’s copy of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The full edition of the game was provided by the publisher.


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