Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is finally back after years removed from digital shelves. The 2D beat-’em-up translates the story of the graphic novels and movie well, with each stage culminating with a boss fight against one of Ramona’s evil exes. It’s a highly entertaining title, but with no real changes in this new version, some old issues rear their head.
The trouble is, you begin feeling underpowered. Even on the easiest difficulty, you’ll likely be stomped by basic enemies, because you have the most rudimentary of movesets. As you gain experience, you’ll level up and unlock extra abilities that fill out your move pool, but for the first couple of hours we definitely felt under-equipped. It means there’s an uphill battle at the beginning, but if you persevere, the combat broadens and the difficulty becomes more manageable.
As with any beat-’em-up, this is best played in co-op. Local play is the way to go if you can, but online co-op is just about serviceable. While we had pretty heavy input lag when playing online, it seems to work okay for the most part. Playing with others ups the fun factor, especially as Scott Pilgrim has such great supporting characters. The Complete Edition means you have access to Wallace Wells and Knives Chau, so there’s a good amount of fighters to choose from.
It’s really a simple little game, but it’s one so full of personality. Not only does it contain all the major beats of the story you’d expect, but there are lots of small references to other games to find in Scott’s chunky, pixelated hometown. The music adds to the effect a lot; Anamanaguchi’s chiptune soundtrack is a delight. If you enjoy a straightforward beat-’em-up, this is well worth a look, even if you’re not a fan of the source material — though it definitely helps.