Once celebrated on PS3 and Xbox 360, the action game is now making a comeback with the title “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition”.
Hardly any fictional character has such a career: First staged as a comic by Bryan Lee O’Malley, later adapted as a feature film by Edgar Wright and later implemented for consoles by Ubisoft, the real idiot and beating Will Scott Pilgrim has become a cult figure again. Then it went quiet for a long time before his remaster return on PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One as well as Series X | S in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition”.
The plot is funny: loosely based on the comics, Scott takes on the fight against the seven ex-friends of his beloved and does it in the side-scrolling manner, as we know it from “Double Dragon” and Co. The comparison fits, because in contrast to newer beaters of the genre, the pace of the game is a bit more leisurely here. In addition, over time, the title also makes this a little different, subtle role-playing elements are added.
Not always the full overview
By the way, you can not only play alone, but with up to three friends who not only slip into the role of Scott, but also his cronies Ramona, Kim or Stephen. Every ex-boyfriend to be defeated can be found in their own level in the game, the design deserves a little more overview. From the middle of the game on there is sometimes so much going on on the screen between friends and enemies that you can hardly keep an eye on the most important things.
Each player character has his own set of movements and attacks, which can be gradually expanded as you collect experience points. Weapons found in the levels can also be used and deployed, and helpers can also be briefly summoned via an energy bar. The coins that can be collected when defeating opponents can also be spent in shops for status boosts or healing items. And: Secret locations can be discovered in the missions, which can grant additional bonuses.
Technology is a bit outdated
We have to complain not only about the clarity: The controls are no longer the yellow of the egg these days. Although the title is limited to a few easy-to-remember button presses, the execution sometimes causes frowns. Attacks often miss enemies who are only a few millimeters above or at an angle from the character, maneuvers such as resuscitation of co-op players are almost impossible due to the duration and the number of opponents and once lost sight of one’s own character is hardly any more to rescue.
Still, the iconic and flogger-typical elements are fun: attacks and special attacks are dealt out against hordes of enemies, a new weapon awaits at every corner to experiment with and cool maneuvers and reinforcements can be unlocked with the skills. In addition, the retro-look worlds are exciting and varied – from the film set with stunt effects to the cemetery or with a gigantic robot in the background.
Difficult, but also cult
Newbies should be warned: “Scott Pilgrim” has three levels of difficulty, of which the easiest is no picnic and the hardest is only intended for absolute professionals. The sound is great: Effects of the characters can be neglected, but there are really cool sounds of the band Anamanaguchi on the ears. And since the title is called “Complete Edition”, all extensions of the original are of course included in the game.
The game is not too long with a time of around five hours, but the different worlds and the mass pounding captivate much longer. Ten years after its original release, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition” still manages to win the hearts of side-scrolling beat-’em-up fans and has long since achieved cult status. It’s great that there is such a comeback.