Based on the graphic novels of the same name by Bryan Lee O’Malley and released concurrently with the Edgar Wright film of the same name in August 2010, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game ”was available on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network players, but was delisted in December 2014, gaining Mythic status before its return this month for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows , Amazon Luna and Stadia in a Complete Edition of Ubisoft. The game gained cult status in part because of its downtime, but also because of the people behind it: O’Malley and Wright were involved in the development, with the author of the source even consulting on how. its story should unfold. A punk band (of course) named Anamanaguchi performed the really excellent soundtrack.
The game is a side-scrolling brawler reminiscent of the arcade games of a few generations ago. It follows the history of graphic novels in its own way but allows players to step into the shoes of Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Kim Pine or Stephen Stills (and other characters like NegaScott, Knives Chau, and Wallace Wells can be unlocked. later. ). There are seven levels to fight to take down Ramona’s seven perverted exes, and each character has different sets of moves that can be unlocked. It’s a simple game in which waves of bad guys have to be defeated, often using weapons in the environment, and it’s interrupted by larger enemies and sections of the game where people can buy items to find. health or improve their abilities. It really is. But it’s an addicting game in that its old-fashioned simplicity hides a deeper challenge, given the number of moves and characters that can be combined. It is also tough. In “Scott Pilgrim” the movements have to be mastered and the characters have to be improved to really get anywhere.
Return of the Game is a fun story in a different way. As the game’s tenth anniversary approaches unavailable, Bryan Lee O’Malley and Edgar Wright tweeted at Ubisoft and asked them to bring the game back in May 2020. Three months later, O’Malley tweeted that they had contacted him, and a remaster of the game with all DLC was announced the following month. It’s possible Ubisoft worked on it behind the scenes, but it’s better to think that the two men who started the cult of “Scott Pilgrim” brought this game back to life for its loyal fans.
And here we are, experiencing this simple and addicting beat-’em-up again on multiple consoles. On Switch, which I played, it’s a really fun game to play and play a bit when time is limited. I imagine I will be doing this for a while yet.
Ubisoft has provided a review copy of this game.