Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game – Complete Edition

It’s Ezio again cosplay, Wii with Mario Galaxy 2 or plastic Rock band knick knacks because we are back in 2010! After ten years, the remaster release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Out. And even though the title has only gotten longer because it concerns the complete edition, the game is certainly not. How does this compare beat-em-up occurring in the current year 2021?

The year is 20XX …

Perhaps it would be helpful to give a brief introduction to the best man Scott for the ignorant. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a comic book series by Canadian writer Bryan Lee O’Malley. The story is set in Toronto, Canada and is about the title character Scott Pilgrim. Scott is a gamer and loser in his early twenties. He doesn’t do that well. When it comes to love, he is quite a freak and he quickly ignores his most recent flame for the “exotic” American Ramona Flowers. To fully conquer her heart, he must give all her evil ex-lovers on their thunder. Scott, of course, takes up the challenge. What follows is a story full of drama, comedy and lots of references to games, anime and other pop culture. For example, it is not surprising in the world of Scott Pilgrim that characters have a Hadoken throwing or performing other known techniques from video games. In addition to the comic book series and this game, there is also a film adaptation of the story that loosely continues throughout the story. Definitely recommended unless you don’t like Michael Cera.

Mythical mats

Now about the game. Thanks to the complete reissue of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game is finally available for purchase and download again. That may sound a bit strange. However, publisher Ubisoft has pulled the game that originally came out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from digital stores and unfortunately the game never had a physical release. Even if you bought the game on the older consoles, this means you will lose it as soon as you ever remove it. For me this unfortunately means that my old PlayStation 3 has suddenly decreased in value since I still have it on it. Unfortunately for me, but on the other hand, the game is finally available to the general public again! Considering the quality of this game, I can’t be salty about that.

Like the good beat-em-up befitting you can play Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition play with four players. This re-release contains, as you can conclude from the title, all the content that has ever been released for the game. That means you have two extra characters on top of the standard cast and also access to the online modes. In total you can choose from seven characters who each play the same basically, but have small nuances to distinguish themselves. Those small differences are mainly noticeable once you have reached the higher levels with a character.

By playing through the game you gain levels, your character becomes stronger and you can give every boss a beating to your heart’s content. What is striking is that the game is also full of references to other games, as is the case with the source material. This manifests itself in sounds, backgrounds, objects or, for example, attacks. For example, Scott can create a Tatsumaki Senpukyaku (Hurricane Kick for the plebs) from Street Fighter and after completing a level, Kim runs off on a Warp Star just like Kirby. The whole is very charming and gives the game its own identity despite the loan. All this also under the legendary chiptune music by Anamanaguchi!

Break the bank

As usual with games in beat-em-up genre, the combat system is quite simple. You can walk in four directions and standard attacks are done with two buttons. Your average moves consist mainly of simple hits and kicks and over time you will unlock new techniques. Some characters can then, for example, carry out attacks with a button combination or kick down enemies with a floor. In addition, there are the shoulder buttons that have a different effect for each character. Everyone has access to calling a so-called striker and everyone also has a move to knock off groups of enemies if you are surrounded. Using these moves is not free as it costs you Guts Points. In this game Guts Points act as MP as is often the case in these types of games. As soon as you run out of Guts Points you can no longer use these techniques.

You don’t only have to rely on your own strength, because in addition to your moves, you can also find weapons everywhere on the ground to pick up and use. Be careful, because not only you can do that. Enemies are also more than happy to grab and use the bats or swords lying around. Your health points can disappear through the hordes of enemies at a glance. If that happens, you can first claim your remaining Guts Points. These will restore you to a small extent and bring you back up again. However, if they also run out, you lose a life. Originally you start with three and you will need these until you are a bit stronger. Lives can sometimes be found if you are lucky but can also be bought in some stores. If you have lost them all you have to do the level again. That is not a problem because you keep all your progression normal.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition: Electric Boogaloo 2: The Reckoning: Reloaded has a total of seven levels. There are not that many and if you know what you are doing you can be ready from start to finish in two hours. That is a different story for beginners. In order to play through levels in the normal way, it is necessary that you sometimes return to previous levels to gather some money or become stronger. I already wrote about shops in the previous paragraph. You have to collect money in this game to spend in shops. Each defeated enemy will drop a few bucks and with enough money you can buy food to heal yourself or items that will make you permanently stronger. All in all, that adds some extra time to the whole and you are done with all levels in about three to four hours.

Of course, four hours doesn’t sound like much. And if you do some research you can find methods to fully strengthen your character from the first level to the maximum. This way, if you are fast, you can even play through everything within an hour and a half. In fact, that’s one achievement. However, the real fun doesn’t come from playing the game once. Each character has its own ending, there are a total of three levels of difficulty and of course there is also multiplayer. Especially the latter is essential to get the most out of this game. You get the most fun by playing all levels with friends (or strangers online). Not only are there more enemies, you can also hit each other so it takes a bit more strategy if you play at a more difficult level. There are also some small activities within the game such as Battle Royale, Volleyball, Boss Rush and Survival Horror. Each game mode is similar to a minigame and especially fun with others. You can play together online or on the couch. Should have more games, although that is of course a bit difficult at the moment.

Beyond the border

Scott’s game with the long name is great for what it is. Unfortunately, there is a dislike against this release. Besides the better resolution and new availability, there is nothing new about this game. There is no additional content than what was already available in the days of the previous generation. Everyone who played this game at the time has also played this release. That is simply a missed opportunity and a pity.

In my time with the game, I’ve also encountered some glitches that I don’t remember from the original. They are certainly not breaking glitches, but they can be annoying because they can strike quite frequently. An example of this is that you can sometimes walk outside the boundaries of the game. Suddenly the wall that you should stop at the top disappears and you can walk over the top of the game. By walking back you simply solve this. I mainly encountered another glitch online. Sometimes a player is denied access to a door while the other can. This is especially annoying if you have to advance in the level or want to enter a store. After some troubleshooting the solution was to deliberately use up my health points. It doesn’t break the game, but it does cause frustration.

Online functionality seems to be a coin toss for some. I myself had no problems except for a small delay here and there, but I have also read other stories. This version was played on a PlayStation 4 with wired internet.

Conclusion

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game – Complete Edition is for what it is definitely recommended as one of the better of its kind. The entry-level price is about the same as it was before, but it is now much more widely available. While it is certainly silly that almost nothing new has been added to this release, the world can at least buy the game again. This game is actually fun for fans as well as people who don’t know Scott Pilgrim. The humor in the game can feel a bit dated, but that shouldn’t spoil the fun. Please note that these types of games are best enjoyed with friends.

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