August 27, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game Review


Ok I haven’t defeat­ed the 7th evil ex yet, but I have had plen­ty of play with this to tell you guys not to miss out on this. Recent­ly released on the Playsta­tion Net­work and Xbox Live is the new 2D side scroller arcade game based on the graph­ic nov­el and movie Scott Pil­grim vs. The World. Now let me start off by say­ing I am a fan of the comics and the the movie so this was a real treat for me. How­ev­er you don’t need to be a fan to love this game.

Scott Pil­grim is a throw back to the old school arcade style figt­ing games. Good ol’ fash­ion fight­ing in the streets, grab­bing objects for weapons, and throw­ing them at your ene­mys. Any­one who played any­thing like Final Fight or Streets of Rage will get a feel­ing of nos­tal­gia. Through­out the game you col­lect change that the bad guys drop which can be used to buy items for heal­ing or upgrad­ing your stat line. Also as you play you will see tons of lit­tle details which pay homage as well as poke fun at video games in gen­er­al. And noth­ing is more fun than expe­ri­enc­ing all of this with 3 of your friends, as the game sup­ports a 4 play­er co-op with 4 char­ac­ters to choose from.

Now while this game is real­ly fun and addict­ing it has a few annoy­ances. The big one is the fact that the co-op is not over Xbox Live or the Playsta­tion Net­work. It has to be played off one sys­tem with all your bud­dies crowd­ed around the TV (how­ev­er, it does bring out the old school feel since we did­n’t have online mul­ti­play­er for games like this in the glo­ry days). Anoth­er prob­lem we ran into was throw­ing objects. While it’s an effec­tive way to keep your ene­mys at range, it can also be your allies worst night­mare. I say this because while you can­not punch or kick your allies, you can acci­den­tal­ly chuck a base­ball bat into the back of their head caus­ing them dam­age. Or if you miss every­one com­plete­ly, you have the chance of the item hit­ting the wall and bounc­ing back at you (which hurts). Anoth­er issue is one of the moves you unlock dur­ing game­play. The grap­ple. Again effec­tive to throw ene­mies, but done wrong you can be toss­ing you friend instead.

Now hon­est­ly all those prob­lems can be fixed with a patch and I hope they do it. Online co-op would be a great move. This game brought hours of fun and laughs for me and my friends. I would high­ly rec­om­mend get­ting this. Even if you just down­load the demo (which is the entire first lev­el) you will get hooked. Even after beat­ing this I see a few trips back to try oth­er char­ac­ters and show it off to oth­er friends. So I give Scott Pil­grim vs The World Game a rat­ing of 8/10 with a mod­er­ate replay val­ue.

4 comments

  1. thsoundman - August 28, 2010 9:58 am

    Man I remem­ber play­ing so many of these side scrollers when I was younger yet for some rea­son the names of them escape me.
    You men­tioned that throw­ing objects can bounce off walls and hurt your friends and ene­mies I actu­al­ly think this is actu­al­ly more of a cool fea­tures then a bug. It makes you think about where you throw things. Now when you throw things can you throw them in 360 degrees or do you have to line up with them? I most of the old scrollers you could move up and down or you could move left and right… do you have full 360 move­ment?
    I am mild­ly con­fused why they did­n’t add the mul­ti­play­er aspect to the game. While some peo­ple still play in groups it does­n’t hap­pen near as much as it used to.

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  2. AceOfNades69 - August 29, 2010 1:00 am

    This game stays true to the 2D, so you have to be lined up (left to right or right to left) to hit your enimies.

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  3. ScrotusKilmystr - August 31, 2010 3:11 pm

    I did like the demo this is a fun game does it get easy to lose track of your char­ac­ter while play­ing with friends? I know I had a prob­lem with that in cas­tle crash­ers when play­ing co op and that game is an awsome game

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  4. AceOfNades69 - September 2, 2010 12:02 am

    You can get a lit­tle lost in the crowd of guys, but with more peo­ple play­ing you can spread your­selves out pret­ty well or you can just use your area attack and knock every­one back

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