Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game

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.

Most of the attacks are very over the top and fun to watch.

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.

Often players will have to battle against tons of enemies all at once.

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.


  1. That was an awesome game. I was surprised at how fun it was. Kind of an oldschool beat em up type game. Brought back good memories. Great to play with friends!

  2. I wouldn’t exactly call the graphics 8bit style, they look closer to 32bit 2D

  3. 32-bit definitely. Nate should (and probably does) know better. He’s been hanging around girls lately, and may have picked up some of their bad habits.

  4. Girls can recognize 8-Bit style too, you know. :) Also, I love the comics of Scott Pilgrim – does anyone know if the game lives up to it?

  5. Yes, but ALL valued readers are made honorary boys, and so can appreciate the finer detains of gaming.

  6. I’d say it’s ONLY good playing with a friend. Didn’t like it otherwise, but had a lot of fun playing with another person.

  7. I agree with Ethos. My cousin bought it, and it was awesome, but it’s not really for single-player. I approve of that hat immensely. Definitely says ‘I am an honorary gentleman!’

  8. I found it to be quite fun as a single player game. Had it been longer, I could see it getting boring, but It’s a game I felt really excited to come back home and play. Though I’d bet it’s much more fun with co-op and the lack of online is foolish in today’s world.

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