Excerpt: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a graphic novel series recently turned into a movie and it has now made its arcade debut via Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network. Being more familiar with the movie trailers rather than the novels or the movie itself, I wasn't 100% sure what to expect from the title aside from learning that the game is an arcade style fighter with local multiplayer, and it takes place in Toronto.
Excerpt: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the rare license-based game that doesn't feel at all like the sort of project that wouldn't have been interesting without a movie and a comic to precede it. To prove that point to myself, but also because I had no money for tickets, I dove right into the game without even seeing the film that inspired it. If bills and financial reality have left you similarly encumbered, I encourage you to do the same thing.
Conclusion: Animations have many frames for added fluidity. -Soundtrack is by far one of the best I've heard in a video game. -Level up system/buying food/upgrades is a nice touch and adds tremendous depth to the gameplay. -Loads of secrets to discover. -4-player co-op (offline). -Different types of bad guys and the bosses are all fun to fight against.
Conclusion: I'm thankful to this game, because it intrigued me enough to check out the excellent movie and the even more excellent graphic novels. It opened my eyes to the works of artist Paul Robertson and the band Anamanaguchi. It's just a damn shame that the game is nothing special.
Excerpt: Sidescrolling beat-’em-ups can easily devolve into repetitive mindlessness, but Scott Pilgrim avoids the pitfalls to deliver simple, old-style fun. Based on its comic-book namesake, the game proudly wears its influences — most notably, NES classic River City Ransom — on its sleeve. Like Castle Crashers before it, Scott Pilgrim’s light dose of role-playing progression kept us hooked.
Pros: + Leveling up + great combat options = top-notch 2D action., + Absolutely gorgeous art; incredible soundtrack.
Cons: - No online multiplayer? Really?, ? No, seriously: where the hell is online multiplayer?
Excerpt: Nostalgia is a funny thing. Take the video game adaptation of Scott Pilgrim VS The World for example. Yes, it's a love letter to a video game era long gone, but at the same time - after playing it, I couldn't help but be thankful for what we have. Then...on the other hand, it's $10. Â If you've played through the 16-bit era and lived to tell about it, you're bound to get giddy with nostalgic glee, until it becomes abundantly clear what it's missing.
Excerpt: Avoiding the typical trappings of a licensed adaptation, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a stellar throwback to the 8- and 16-bit beat-em-up era that inspired both the original comic book and the recent movie.