Video Game Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition
Time to dish out some beatings.
For a while it seemed that 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World would end up a forgotten relic of the 360/PS3 era as the game was delisted not terribly long after its launch. Fans would not have it, though, and after enough virtual badgering, Ubisoft has finally brought the game to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 audiences as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition.
Scott Pilgrim has fairly simple controls, which stumble a bit because of the Xbox One’s d-pad (even on the Elite controller). It’s so shaky that we quickly abandoned it and went with the analog stick, which isn’t ideal for this style of gaming. The result was that we simply didn’t bother attempting some of the moves we unlocked as we leveled up, instead opting to go with combos we knew were both effective and consistently executable. Even with those limitations, though, there was still a solid repertoire to choose from.
Just as it did a decade ago, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World delivers quality throwback visuals. The developers clearly drew inspiration from previous eras when crafting this game as traveling across its seven levels is a nostalgia-filled romp with dozens of moments that made us think of titles we grew up playing. Each stage is wholly unique and filled with all manner of bizarre (and often comical) enemies. The OST fits like a glove as well with its fantastic pulse-pounding tunes.
Scott Pilgrim is in love with Ramona Flowers. The only problem is that to date her he’ll need to defeat her seven evil exes along with a boatload of cronies. A side-scrolling beat ’em up that borrows heavily from River City Ransom (one of our all-time favourites), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will challenge you with an onslaught of foes from start to finish while sprinkling in some memorable boss fights.
This is more than just a basic button mashing game, however, as each level contains shops in which you can spend your hard-earned money (as in real life, defeated foes drop coins) on a variety of foods, books, records and other items. Each purchase will have a positive effect on your character’s attributes, though you’ll actually need to buy them to discover what that is. You’ll also learn new moves as you gain experience, and given the game’s difficulty on even the lowest setting you’ll undoubtedly end up doing some grinding to upgrade your skills.
As you’d expect, this version includes all of the original’s post-launch DLC, which means you’ll have access to Knives Chau (via Ubisoft Connect) and Wallace Wells as playable characters as well as some secondary modes like dodge ball and survival horror. This also means online multiplayer, which was not available when the game first launched, as there’s now drop-in, drop-out available for up to four players. Couch co-op is also still a thing.
This is the preferred way to play as later levels have situations in which you can get overwhelmed by enemies that delight in unleashing cheap tactics like attacking from off screen or trapping you in a corner while pounding the crap out of you. Adding players rectifies that in many cases, and even if you do fall, they’re able to revive you. Playing co-operatively greatly reduces the number of controller wringing moments.
Given that it was a retro game when it launched, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition doesn’t suffer any adverse affects from the decade-plus between then and now. It’s still a fun, challenging beat ’em up that fans of the genre can enjoy once again.