REVIEW : Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition (XBOX Series X)
The story of the video game adaptation of Scott Pilgrim VS. The World, the film inspired by the famous comic by Bryan Lee O’Malley, is certainly one of the most particular that we have the opportunity to tell you. This title, in fact, originally came out ten years ago, during a historical phase in which the tie-ins inspired by the films began to no longer be so profitable for the gaming market.
Ubisoft Montreal, the team responsible for creating Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game, decided to provide their interpretation of the comic, completely ignoring what the film was making and providing, for all intents and purposes, a unique adaptation of the work. Considering that the original comics include lots of videogame quotes, and are therefore able to be particularly appreciated by gamers all over the world, we considered this title to be a winning operation.
You may be wondering why you should remember the fact that this game was the tie-in to a movie, which perhaps initially deserved more attention. The reason is soon said since it was thanks to this indissoluble bond that an unpleasant situation was created, but common to all products similar to this: due to the termination of the license established with Universal, which Ubisoft chose not to renew, the game it was removed entirely from stores more than five years ago.
Born as a niche project, Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game, however, managed over the years to conquer a real devoted fanbase, who did not take the decision to remove him from stores and online at all well and who continued to plead with Ubisoft over the years. , through social media, to find a new agreement to publish the title and not to abandon it to a sad fate. Bryan Lee O’Malley himself, who on more than one occasion has had the opportunity to tweet his appreciation for the original title – in his way, of course, was also helping the movement.
Probably not even the software house expected so much “posthumous” attention, given that it should be remembered that at the launch, thanks to a digital market that was still taking its first steps, the game was not bought by so many people. The tenth anniversary of the film – and consequently of the video game – however, represented the perfect opportunity for Ubisoft to contact Universal again and find an agreement.
For those who have never had the opportunity to see the film or the comic from which it is based, do not be afraid because the original story is just a pretext for you to enjoy the reckless action of this game. The protagonist of our story, Scott Pilgrim, falls in love with the beautiful Ramona Flowers. The seven evil exes of the girl, headed by the evil Gideon Graves, however, want to prevent her from having a further romantic relationship. Scott will therefore have to defeat all her ex-boyfriends, to have the opportunity to finally be with her.
We, therefore, feel we must make a very important premise: do not expect any new content on this edition. Scott Pilgrim vs The World Complete Edition is nothing more than a re-release of the original video game and a second chance to play it, this time on current consoles – obviously hoping that, for this time, sad licensing issues won’t arise.
As an added incentive, know that each character has their final scene, although to see the “canonical” one you will have to finish the game using Ramona Flowers, Scott Pilgrim’s sweetheart. It is no coincidence that his final scene is the only one not only showcasing exclusive music but also congratulating the player. Consider both of our observations as little tips to start enjoying your adventure to the fullest.
Scott Pilgrim VS. The World is a 2D scrolling fighting game, inspired by such historical series as Streets of Rage and Final Fight. Scott Pilgrim VS. The World: The Game is a real love letter to hard and pure gamers, with lots of videogame quotes that we would struggle to quote one by one. We will pass from references from Super Mario Bros. to those from Mega Man, passing through Golden Ax, Final Fantasy and Sonic the Hedgehog, finding the time even to insert a wink at Marvel vs Capcom and many other videogames and pop culture series in general.
The 16-bit graphic style was a pearl ten years ago and continues to be highly appreciated even today, with colourful and inspired worlds, each different from the other, and sprites full of life. The Complete Edition also makes some nice extra modes available right away, without the need to unlock them via cheat code or by purchasing separate DLCs, as was the case for the original release. The Assault Against Bosses is exactly what you might expect: a race against time that will test you against all the bosses in the game and with only one life available. Survival Horror will have you face an endless series of Zombies, in the play area inspired by the graveyard, trying to defeat as many as possible before being defeated. The Total Battle is a mode that can only be faced in multiplayer and is in effect the versus mode of the game, where two or more players will have to fight each other to determine the winner of the duel.