The Tuesday before the epic Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is release in theaters, Playstation 3 gamers got the chance to get their digital hands on the downloadable Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. After reading all six volumes and waiting for the film to come out, this was just more of chance to add more Pilgrim to my life. Is the downloadable title worth the $10? Will fans of the series enjoy this? Also, will regular gamers find it entertaining? Find out after the jump!
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a straight up classic beat ’em up/brawler (River City Ransom, Streets of Rage). You’ll be going through each stage fighting minions and thugs to reach the end to face the boss, in which it’ll be one of Ramona’s evil exes. The game also has RPG elements in which you can level up your character and raise their stats. Buying items also helps your stats and experience points. There are also Subspace Highway areas that acts as a bonus area, which lets players gain extra coins.
Like any beat ’em up, the game is designed to be played with 2 or more players as it will be easier to progress through the levels to do so. Now, it’s possible to get through the game alone, but know that you will be grinding a lot to max your characters strength in order to get through it. There are some points in the game that will be frustrating to deal with but as long you grind and buy items that raise your stats, you should be okay.
You have four playable characters at the start to play as, with two hidden characters. The four you start off with are Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Stephen Stills, and Kim Pines. Each character has their own move set and fighting style thus beating the game for each character will be somewhat of a different experience and a good reason to the story over again.
Now onto graphics. The game has a retro look and feel that would have some SNES/Genesis fans nostalgic of the past. The art style itself should satify any fans of the series as they will be able to recognize characters and some of the backgrounds as well. The music is awesome as it is done by chiptune punk band, Anamanaguchi, which gives the game modern retro-esque bgm.
Unfortunately, the game does have couple problems. The game at times can be slow to load when on the map, in which it can lead to the game to freeze. I only faced this problem once but I have heard that others are running into it quite a lot. The other problem I have with the game is that it doesn’t have online multiplayer in it. Yes, for a game that should be played with others is not in the game. There are speculation that once the XBLA version is released(set for an August 25th release date), we may seen an update for it. Though, like I have said above, it is still playable alone, just have to take your time and do some grinding.
With all that said, for $10, I say the game is well worth it for. If you’ve been looking for a fun game that you could easily turn your brain off and waste time with, this will be it (especially during the time you would use to grind). While some casual gamers will find it frustrating, I would recommend them to have a friend or two over and see if the game can be fun that way, either way, this is not a bad way to get some more Scott Pilgrim in our lives.