PS3 Attitude’s 20 Days of PSN – #18: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game
This is a movie tie-in game with a difference. Based off the film which was in turn, based off a series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley, you play as Scott Pilgrim, fighting for the right to date Ramona Flowers by defeating all 7 of her evil ex-boyfriends. And thats pretty much all the story you get, although that’s really all the story you need.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World is, in short, an HD retro brawler which harkens back to the NES games of old like River City Ransom and Street Fighter. I’d never played any of those games before, but it didn’t take me long to get hooked.
The main aim of the game is to fight your way through the level, battling increasingly tougher enemies in order to reach and defeat the final boss at the end. Enemies drop coins you can collect and hoard as well as weapons you can batter with or throw at your enemies. You also earn xp, which levels you up and gives you more moves to kick-ass with.
The game features up to 4 player co-op. Unfortunately, this isn’t online, but players can drop in or out during gameplay and it does set up a ‘together til the end’ feeling, which makes things all the more frantic and exciting when you have to revive your friend in a room full of enemies.
There are also other game modes to play, like “Boss-Rush”, where you fight all 7 bosses one after the other; a dodgeball game; a free-for-all arena battle and also a zombie mode if you do your research, something which people can’t seem to get enough of these days. I mean seriously, thanks guys. Its not as if I wanted to sleep tonight.
Paul Robertson, creator of Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006, provided the art direction for the game, something which works extremely well. There are a vast number of sprites both in the background and as enemies, although occasionally, you do feel like you’ve seen one a few too many times.
Animations are very smooth throughout the whole game. There are references to games and anime throughout, including Akira and Mega Man, which should trigger the ‘nostalgia’ part of your brain.
The levels themselves are also fantastically detailed. There are lots of subtle details in each area that give it personality, and you’ll be battling from the suburbs of Toronto, to Japanese gardens and a futuristic high tech base. The subspace areas with graphical ‘glitches’ are also a joy to walk through, with bricks and cubes giving coins in an homage to Super Mario Brothers.
Overall, Scott Pilgrim is worth every penny. Multiple characters with different powers and attacks, as well as secret areas and items to buy, make for good replay value, and the whole game is just a generally fun experience. Lack of online multiplayer is disappointing, but it won’t stop you if you have an extra controller, another person and a few hours to kill. It would also have been nice to see a one-on-one feature, where you could simply brawl with another person in an arena, but the epic journey you go on, the presentation, and the price make this a must-download for any gamer.
#18 in our 20 Days of PSN goes to Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game.