Whether or not you played the game yourself, you will surely be familiar with the Scott Pilgrim name. It’s been a little over ten years since this arcade was released, combining brilliant retro visual style with simple but fun beat’em-up mechanic. It became so popular that it was turned into a movie. A phenomenon that this wave of reprints and remasters of our time in the form of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition.
If you haven’t seen the movie, which for me is one of the video game’s best adaptations to cinema, and played way better than much more popular Clunker, or the original, you should know that its boring plot is about how Pilgrim is is caught by Ramona Flowers. The grace is that there is a group in Ramona called League of Evil Exes that makes life impossible for her and prevents her from finding love. Sounds weird? Well there is more, because what looks like an adventure in Toronto turns into a journey through the strangest places, even down a subspace corridor.
The gameplay ranges from hitting and kicking with the protagonist or any other character available in classic secondary scenarios to reaching the final boss, a member of the gang. So far it’s normal for the action genre, but what today’s gamer is not used to is having to start over when you run out of lives on a screen in an area.
The fights are fun and as the game progresses you will have to make improvements in life, speed, strength or any other stats by spending the co ins the enemies use in the positions improvised by the sellers. If you don’t get into this dynamic of development the game gets very uphill because someone gives you a beating.
The topic of power ups and how they are incorporated into the game is essential. It’s the same as the 2010 version, that is, when you visit a seller, you don’t know what you’re going to buy from them, and they don’t tell you about the statistical advantages of each item, so you have no choice but to buy whatever and find out what you’ve contributed. It’s a format that stifles a bit, especially when the price hits you.
Of all, the controls in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World isn’t that good as I couldn’t always get the combination of buttons that I was expecting. The character’s movements are dry and difficult to get the full list of actions. especially with the stick of a control because it seems better suited to a keyboard or D-pad. At this point I can see that I am very unfamiliar with the old crosshead. Not that it’s a useless game system, but the fluidity isn’t ideal.
This complete edition has everything, everything. The full story mode, a range of mini-games, and all DLC, including Knives Chau and Wallace Wells as playable characters. This time around, it’s available on every living platform – PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia, and Nintendo Switch – so it’s more within reach than ever.
The mini-games are there to add a decent extra hobby to a game that is already fun. It’s not the same thing getting yourself into a dodgeball game as fighting a zombie horde, but either way they bring you something different. Plus, it’s a great way to leverage what each of the characters know for themselves. Best of all, every part of the game can be completed in local or online multiplayer.
As a remake of an old game, it is always necessary to analyze how the adaptation was. The new Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Looks Awesome and Sounds Awesome. I played it on Xbox Series X (Xbox One version technically so to speak) and it adapts wonderfully, although there is no specific optimization. The retro soundtrack is great for these battle stories.
It’s hard to believe that the Ubisoft team that did the first don’t have a free hand to do a second part. I didn’t play the original in its time, but more than 10 years later it remains very healthy and with a full edition like this there is no excuse for it not to be revived. It has its flaws and a retro touch element that can stifle you; It’s not perfect, but it has that lifelong arcade charm that invites you to play it over and over without getting bored, and not everyone can say that. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition is for having a good time with no excuses.