Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World Review
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Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World box art
System: PS3, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft Chengdu 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Aug. 10, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

As far as technicalities are concerned, Scott Pilgrim has some extremely high production values despite its retro design. The game’s visuals are pixel-based, but the game uses its high-definition capabilities to make its retro-inspired visuals nicely detailed with smooth animations and plenty of interesting level designs. The retro design feels natural for the game and never hinder’s the game’s ability to present a fantastic world with memorable (if muted) characters.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World screenshot

Scott Pilgrim’s soundtrack also takes the same approach as the visuals and has a “retro-cool” feel to it while maintaining high definition specs. The audio has been custom-scored for the game by chiptunes composer Anamanaguchi, and features plenty of memorable, high-energy tunes and sound effects. The score in the game may not be that complex, but it adds that little bit of extra oomph to an already-strong title, and makes it that much more memorable.

All told, you’ll probably only glean between five and seven hours from Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, depending on how many friends you play with. The game does not adjust difficulty based on the number of characters, and you can blow through the game rather quickly if you have filled up all of your co-op slots. Playing the game solo does require some effort, and you will have to replay some levels to succeed at higher chapters. I actually enjoyed the single-player experience more than the co-op experience, but if you are looking for a fun Super Mario-style co-op game that will keep you and your friends busy for a few hours, Scott Pilgrim will fit the bill nicely.

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Playable licensed games seem to be rare these days, and even when you have a good game based on existing material, it usually doesn’t stay relevant for long. What sets Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World apart is that it forgets it is based on a movie/comic and, much like this year’s 3D Dot Game Heroes, plays like a love letter to all your favorite games from the past. At ten dollars, this game is a steal, and is well worth the price of entry. Between the single-player RPG-like experience and the frenzied co-op mode, there is something for everyone in Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Though I can’t vouch for the quality of the upcoming movie, the game is solid and its players can count on having some fun with this one.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

The pixel-based graphics look great in high-definition and sport a great amount of detail.
The controls are simple, easy to learn, and effective.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
One of the most memorable facets of retro gaming is the chiptune-based soundtrack, and Scott Pilgrim’s audio does not disappoint.
Play Value
Though a playthrough won’t take you more than five to seven hours (depending on how many people you have on your team), some decent replay value comes from maxing out your favorite characters.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Fight as Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Stephen Stills, and Kim Pine or as one surprise character, each with their own signature moves and attacks.
  • Team up with up to three of your friends on the same console and combine your skills in over-the-top super co-op attacks for more devastation.
  • Not only can you help your friends by reviving their characters or sharing health and coins, but you can also compete with them in subspace mini-games to earn more experience, coins, and lives.
  • Summon for a limited time an A.I. ally, such as the deadly Knives Chau, to help you strike your enemies.

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