Ubisoft Montreal brings the popular Scott Pilgrim comics to video game form with the recent release of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game on the XBox 360 and Playstation 3.
Pilgrim places players in the strange world of the comic books of the same title where video game references are a normal thing. The game’s story revolves around Scott as he battles his way through his new girlfriend Ramona’s seven evil exes and the waves of troops they throw at him. The game plays much like an old-school side-scrolling brawler allowing players to learn new moves and level up with the defeated enemies. Enemies also drop money which is used to upgrade the character’s stats or buy food to recover health. Players can choose to be either Scott, Ramona, and their friends Kim and Steven. Each character has their own special move sets and special weapons to defeat the enemies.
One of the best parts of the game is the fact that it is chock full of videogame references. Veteran players will recognize lots of little nods to games of the past, such as a certain boss who grants Scott an extra life once defeated and one character owning an establishment known as “The Chaos Theater.” Not only are the graphics in the 8-bit style of classic games but the world map screen is similar to Super Mario Bros. 3 and it even recreates a few assets from the game.
The game also includes a co-op multiplayer mode, where up to four people can battle the enemies together. The only strange thing about this mode is the fact that it is only an offline mode and no online co-op modes are included. While the developers have stated in interviews that this is out of respect for the “retro” feel of the game, this reviewer feels it is a bit of laziness on the developers part to not have an online multiplayer.
Overall, Pilgrim is a great downloadable title for a great price. The old-school feel to the game and the many videogame references will keep both new and veteran players happy during their semi-difficult play through. While the offline multiplayer is still a lot of fun, it could have been so much better by simply adding the ability to play online with friends. For anyone looking for a great downloadable game, this is a perfect choice.