Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition is readily available today, recharged by Ubisoft after the initial variation (which launched in 2010) was delisted from digital stores numerous years back. In its lack, a type of folklore has actually risen around this 2D fighter, with fans remembering it fondly and declaring its location amongst the category’s finest. Some of that mystique might be associated with the video game’s delisting (in some cases individuals just desire what they can’t have), however after playing through the total edition, I am advised that all of the appreciation is anything however empty.

Most significantly, you don’t require to be a Scott Pilgrim fan to value this video game, or understand anything about its world. Seeing the characters and story represented is enjoyable if you’re familiar, however that tie-in is truly a peripheral part of what makes this video game noteworthy. That’s because, whether you’re speaking about the Scott Pilgrim graphic unique or the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World film from director Edgar Wright, this universe is soaked in computer game recommendations and perceptiveness, and those take spotlight for this adjustment.

Most of the nods and Easter eggs in the video game are callbacks to computer game things, instead of anything connected to the Scott Pilgrim universe. You can anticipate a parade of recommendations to things like The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more. In short, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game might be a certified item, however it is friendly for all individuals regardless.

Once you begin playing, you discover more than the standard punch-and-kick mechanics of old-school fighters. Your collection begins easy, however brand-new layers are folded in as you advance to keep the action fresh, which is eventually what makes this video game such a standout. Encounters are an amusing mix of uncomplicated brawling and numerous ecological variables. Maybe a crowd of shouting band groupies will stomp you. Maybe you require to punch a fixed vehicle to pieces. Maybe you are swarmed by ninjas, and swords are all over simply waiting to be utilized. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game injects range with entertaining one-off sectors and a myriad of weapons you can utilize to whack your opponents into submission, however it doesn’t rely exclusively on the novelty of utilizing what you discover around you.

Your characters likewise grow and enhance, giving you another satisfying avenue for progress. The game takes lessons from some of the legends in the genre, including Streets of Rage, River City Ransom, and Castle Crashers. You level up, earn money, enhance your stats, learn new moves, uncover secrets, and clash with epic bosses. You get the ability to grab, throw, and stomp, along with a handful of super-powerful techniques that really help you tear through a screen full of goons. The playable heroes (seven in total) are all different enough to reward ushering each one through the video game, but not so various that you feel like you’re starting back at square one. And, of course, this is all best experienced as part of a four-player co-op group brawling together (though it works as a single-player video game, too).

 

Another thing that blows me away (even today) about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is the presentation. From the fantastic chiptune soundtrack from Anamanaguchi to Paul Robertson’s pixel art, the whole package perfectly captures a retro aesthetic without feeling dated or archaic. It an experience that transports you back to the glory days of arcades, however from the comfort of your own home – and without that weird arcade smell.

I’m not formally reviewing this complete edition, because apart from being functional on modern consoles, it doesn’t feel significantly various from the original. But it was a great video game then, and it remains a great game now. Yes, it’s a bummer that this wonderful brawler was unavailable to players for a while. But that time away seems to have allowed the video game’s legend to grow, and this old-school throwback deserves its shot to discover an audience once again.