SCOTT PILGRIM IS DATING A HIGH SCHOOLER
So you’re planning to play Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game but you’ve never read the series of graphic novels or watched the 2010 movie adaptation? SCANDAL! Don’t worry, we have you covered. So, Scott Pilgrim is dating a high schooler. This is pretty shocking because he’s like 28 (“I’m twenty-Two! TWENTY-TWO!”), and his new flame is 17. Don’t worry too much though, they haven’t even kissed. They did ride the bus together, and had meaningful conversations about yearbook, so all-in-all it’s been going pretty well.
All of this changes when Scott meets the enigmatic Ramona Flowers, an Amazon.ca delivery driver who roller-skates into his life one fateful day. But in order to achieve eternal bliss with his (new) one true love, Scott is given the unenviable – but totally relatable – task of battling her SEVEN EVIL EXES. Cue threatening music, definitely not played by Sex Bob-omb (Scott’s band).
The comics are the brainchild of equally evil genius Bryan Lee O’Malley, who brought us the trials and tribulations of love, told through the eyes of a gormless man-child over six exciting instalments, between 2004 and 2010. Since that time, O’Malley has vanished from the public eye, but was last seen imitating Scrooge McDuck as he leapt off a diving board into his vast pit of money. Yup, that’s how important a cultural icon his creation has become, and we thank him for it to this very day.
“THEY MAKE MOVIES IN TORONTO?”
Yes. Yes, they do. One of them just so happened to be the big-screen adaptation of the Scott Pilgrim books, and was directed by Edgar Wright. It was great, so watch it.
“WHAT DO YOU PLAY?” “UH, WOW … ZELDA … TETRIS … THAT’S KIND OF A BIG QUESTION”
So now that you’re fully up to speed with the whole Scott Pilgrim Universe, it’s time to talk about the video game. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game originally appeared on the Xbox and PlayStation digital stores way back in 2010. Those of us who were lucky enough to pick up a copy, which retailed for a couple of quid, fell in love with it immediately.
The retro style mixed with legit comic book graphics were a joy to behold. If you were already in love with the characters then the whole experience became even more fun, as players spent as much time spotting their favourite background characters as they did playing the campaign. Sadly in 2014, due to licencing issues caused by people who suck, the game was delisted, but for the chosen few it remained safely stored on our hard drives, ready to play whenever we wanted.
Typically, when the Xbox One and PS4 came out, our older consoles started to gather dust, and despite it still holding a fond place in our hearts, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game became a distant memory. That was until late last year when Bryan Lee O’Malley came out of hiding to announce that it was getting an all-new makeover in time for a January 2021 release. In that moment our lives went from black and white and back into colour as joy once again filled our hearts.
SO WHAT’S NEW?
Fans of the original game may be disappointed to learn that there is not a lot new here. This is a port, not a remake or a remaster. Fortunately though, it’s been such a long period since it was so easily available that for many of us it feels new again. We’ve also forgotten about the glitches that seem to have been ported along with it, but just take a bite of your favourite garlic bread (“Bread makes you fat?!?!”) and let it all wash over your head because sometimes it’s just nice to be back with friends.
“PREPARE TO FEEL THE WRATH OF THE LEAGUE OF EVIL EX’S”
OK, so all fanboying aside, there are problems with this game and there are people out there that will want you to know about it. The online multiplayer doesn’t really work that great, and some of the controls are clunky, but this is a game we’ve been dying to see on the Nintendo Switch for years. We even wrote a number of lists about it. Convincing the publishers to push forward with a game we all thought was long-dead is a win for our community and a shining beacon that maybe some of our other favourite titles of the bygone era might see the light of day once more if only we complain loudly enough about it. And it all began a long time ago, with a video game set in a distant land, called Toronto, Canada.
Objectively, this is not a perfect 10 game – even though we really, really want to go that way. It’s not perfect but it does perfectly encapsulate the same kind of feelings we had back in 2014 as we sat playing on our Xbox 360, thinking that was the height of technological advancement.
There’s so much to enjoy here that if you come to Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game with an open mind then we’re sure you’ll find an exquisite slice of neo-retro joy that you’ll want to play with friends again and again. Yes it can be frustrating, and yes the single-player mode can be incredibly tough, but no one said the road to true love would be easy, right? At least you don’t have to battle seven evil ex’s! … oh wait.