Archive for March 21, 2011

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game Review

Having made the greatest comic series ever and one of the best films of all time, there’s only one medium left for Scott Pilgrim to conquer: gaming. And if this XBLA title is anything to go by, there’s a new gold standard for movie tie-in games.

Despite being made to promote the film, Scott Pilgrim The Game actually runs closer to the plot of the comic, thanks no doubt to the involvement of both creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and film director Edgar Wright, as well as the creative efforts of a team that clearly cares about the source material. You can play as Scott, Kim, Stephen Stills or Ramona across seven worlds that divide into two or three distinct sections in an attempt to defeat each of the seven evil exes and a mountain of unfortunate goons. You can play it solo or team up with up to three friends for some organised chaos.

Essentially it’s a classic side-scrolling beat-‘em-up in the vein of Streets of Rage, but what makes this so much better than it sounds is the masses of depth that have been added to the game. Each character can level up sixteen times, earning new moves and gaining increases to their health bars every time. There’s also the addition of a ‘Gut Points’ metre, which serves the duel purpose of summoning your special Striker (Knives Chau, as well as some unlockable characters) and resurrecting you when your health slips to zero, giving you around three chances with each life.

As well as this, each character has their own stats for strength, defence and speed, which can only be upgraded by purchasing items from the many shops located in each level. Once you successfully manage to upgrade a character fully, they become damn near unstoppable, allowing you to eek out the game’s many secrets in relative peace.

The game’s simplistic visuals and music add an enormous amount to the experience. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking that the characters had wandered straight off the comic pages and somehow come to life. The attention to detail is simply stunning, as tiny references to the comics litter each and every level and there are even a few cameo appearances from some of the characters who didn’t make it into the film, like Mobile, Joseph, Sandra and Monique.

In short, Scott Pilgrim The Game is perhaps the best film tie-in since GoldenEye itself, with masses of depth, replayability and a hell of a lot of fun. For the low price of five pounds, you could do a heck of a lot worse than taking another step into the wonderful world of Scott Pilgrim.

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