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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.

95%

I made this review as a tester for Movie-Moron.com. I thought I’d post it up here too. I’m probably not going to be doing this sort of this again as it took far too long and I prefer writing to narrating.

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World Review

Music doesn’t work in comics. Music-based plotlines don’t work in films. Games don’t work in comics. Games don’t work in films. Straight comic adaptations don’t work in films. With that in mind, quite how Scott Pilgrim Vs The World manages to be anything other than complete rubbish in both film and comic form is nothing short of mind-blowing.

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a twenty-something loser with a girlfriend who’s still in school, playing bass in a band that nobody cares about and sharing a mattress with a gay roommate. His boring, albeit peaceful, life is shattered one day when he dreams of and meets Ramona Flowers (who happens to look a lot like Mary Elisabeth Winstead) and begins stalking her. Upon falling head over heels in love with her, he then discovers that they can’t be together until he defeats her seven evil exes.

It’s a concept that’s completely bonkers, which plays perfectly into the hands of director Edgar Wright who has demonstrated an understanding of insanity throughout his entire career, with films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz and TV’s peerless Spaced under his belt. His passion for the source material and his love of videogame culture seep through every single frame of the film and add to the richness of the movie. It’s possibly the closest films have ever come to feeling like games, which is saying something considering how awful ninety-nine percent of all videogame movies are.

Classic songs from games of yesteryear sweep effortlessly through the film’s soundtrack, while arcade-style pixellated graphics and game scenarios are toyed with so easily you could be forgiven for accidentally trying to grab a controller.

The action crackles along with a fierce intensity that rivals most proper explosion-and-bullet movies, building in ferocity and silliness with each passing battle. Defeated enemies explode into coins and everyone in the film possesses ridiculous weapons and martial arts moves.

The cast are completely brilliant in their po-faced delivery of every line of dialogue, with great jokes, visual gags and references to classic games thrown together with incredible speed. Everything flows forward with the kind of hyperactive energy that only a person brought up on gaming could really be able to follow without getting totally lost. In fact, it’s so stylish that Zack Snyder is probably watching it crying into a semen-soaked sock.

The comic styling is wonderful throughout, managing to feel like an animated graphic novel without being soulless. The feeling that Scott Pilgrim inhabits that strange twilight zone between gaming and reality feels genuine, despite the amount of CGI on display. The film manages to bounce from one insane idea to the next with no slowdown and no need for silly explanations. One minute Chris Evans – no, not that one – is depicted as an egotistical skateboarding filmstar, the next Brandon Routh has superpowers thanks to a vegan diet. It’s tough to think of any film within the last five years that’s managed to chuck all these crazy ideas around and still made it work. This is the film that proves games can be transferred properly to the big screen, and not end up accidentally hilarious or soul-destroyingly awful. The trick is to not base it on an actual game.

If there is a problem to be had with this near-flawless film, it’s surely the age rating. Nobody under the age of twenty will understand it, which is one of the requirements. You have to be nostalgic for the theme tunes of Zelda and Final Fantasy, else you just won’t appreciate it. Scott Pilgrim is made purely for twenty-something gamers who want their own crazy adventure and are as hyperactive as the protagonist. If you understand geek culture, you’ll love Scott Pilgrim. If not, go out and play sports, you massive fanny.

5 stars.