If you want to beat them and have been playing since the days of the PS3/Xbox 360, you’ve probably seen Scott Pilgrim Vs. Peace: Game then. If you own one, then you know it’s one of the best fighters out there and can be considered one of the defining factors of the genre. However, due to some licensing issues, the game was lost in the past. Ubisoft has just re-released the title for its 10th anniversary and developed it for modern consoles. Here’s our review of Scott Pilgrim against the world: The Game – Full Edition on PS5, where we defeat some enemies and then use them to defeat others.
Scott Pilgrim v. World: The game is based on the comic series by Brian Lee O’Malley. The game follows the story of Scott trying to score with Ramona Flowers, but before he gets a chance to do so, he has to find and defeat Ramona’s seven villains, and when you encounter them in the game, you can tell they’re really bad. The entire story consists of seven main levels where you must complete the level and then find the bad guy at the end of the level and defeat him to continue the story.
The entire level is filled with different enemies depending on the level. In a Hollywood-inspired level, for example, you have to fight people (or grandmothers) in dinosaur and alien costumes. Enemy design is really good in the game and each level brings some of the coolest enemies you can find in a fight. Each level also has a main theme, but inside you can explore different areas of the game. For example, the very first level starts outside, then goes into a subway tunnel and climbs a snowy mountain, and ends with a boss fight in a concert hall, so the levels are pretty varied.
Not only are the enemies different, but they each have their own moves and attacks. While it’s fairly easy to fight these enemies on your own, they won’t give you a gift if they manage to go up against you. If someone manages to knock you down, they jump on you and start piling bodies on you. You must escape this attack quickly or you will continue to lose health. Health is one thing to keep in mind, especially if you are a new player and have just started playing the game. Enemies hit hard, and they hit very often.
In each level there are also many different items and objects that you can find, select and use as weapons. You can collect garbage bags, bats, pointers and many other objects and use them to defeat your opponents. But your opponents can also use these items against you. If you hit an opponent on the ground, you can even pick him up and use him as a bat to hit other opponents. The fight is really fun when you look at all these things together.
We’ve seen tons of fighters and we’ve beaten them badly lately, including the already released Scott Pilgrim Vs. title. Peace: The Game – Full Edition is a unique addition to the overall formula with light role-playing mechanisms added to the game. Each character you play with earns XP, and once a certain stage is reached, the character will level up and unlock a new round to attack enemies. What’s interesting is that even if you die in the current level and have to start over, you keep with you the XP you’ve earned, the level you’ve reached, and the new moves you’ve unlocked. This means that this time you start a more powerful game and have a better chance of beating your opponents in the game. Besides defeating enemies, you can also increase your level by eating food, which gives you a small amount of XP each time.
When you kill enemies in a level, they give you coins, which are your game currency. With this currency, you can buy a variety of foods and goods in the many shops at every level. The design of the level expertly hides these stores in the background and they are not properly labeled either. They’re in the background of the level, and if you’re not careful, you’ll miss them, because they blend in very well. In these shops you can buy food to restore your health, or you can also buy many items that increase your character’s basic stats.
These fall into four different categories: Strength, defense, speed and willpower. It’s always a good idea to invest coins in better items, as the increase in your base power makes you extremely powerful in the game, and once you have enough ground, you literally become invincible in the game as incoming attacks do low-level damage that you don’t even notice. However, your health and life are limited, so you must complete the level without depleting them all, otherwise you must start the level over. Since there are only seven levels of the main story in the game, it doesn’t seem too difficult. I’m not a good player in games like Scott Pilgrim vs. Peace: The game is the complete edition and I even managed to finish the main story in a decent amount of time.
Another important mechanism of the game are the good points, which are located directly below the heart points in the game. With these good points, you can perform your super attack or use a replacement player to perform a strong attack and then leave the stage. However, these good points also serve as an additional health barrier, because if your health is at zero, instead of your remaining lives, the game uses your good remaining points first and converts them into hat points, giving you a second chance to redeem yourself. The heart points you get depend on the available gut points. It is always advantageous to use your good points, as you can use them to attack or keep them for a risky situation.
Still, the gameplay sometimes seems a bit outdated for modern consoles. One thing is for sure: there are no custom buttons, even with two blank ones for the controller. Also, the Dash is just weird, because instead of assigning the Dash to a normal button, you have to play with the left stick or D-pad for the Dash to work, and unfortunately that doesn’t always work. Despite the two different settings, the game allows you to do a Dash, both sometimes feel broken, causing a lot of confusion, especially in fights with enemies.
The sound design of the game is really good, as are the kicks and scores that come back from the original game. Music aside, the PS5 console isn’t always where it belongs. I don’t know if this is the case on all platforms, but the PS5 version has a small sound issue where the music completely drowns out the normal sounds of the game. Visually there is no difference, even in a game with retro 1080p visuals. A modern visual mode would be a nice addition to the game, but unfortunately it has the same retro look as the original. That doesn’t mean the game is bad. The visuals are great, and I loved the style and level of design of the header. Aside from the sound issues, the game seems to be in a fairly stable state, with no visual hiccups or image drops at any point in the game.
The full edition includes a full storyline and network game and support for local cooperatives with up to three other players able to join the game. Having extra players is definitely useful in the game, as you can help each other out if one of you is knocked out. In addition to the main story mode, the game features four unique modes, including Boss Rush, Battle Royal, Dodge Ball and Survival Horror. These modes aren’t as good as the game’s main story, but they’re still a nice addition to the game and can provide quite a distraction from the main game if you want to take a break from the main story for a while.
To maintain the cooperative aspect of the game, Scott Pilgrim Vs. Peace: The Game – Complete Edition is a great cooperative game that has many advantages to playing with other people. Those who play the game have seven unique players to choose from, one of which is initially locked and you must unlock. Moreover, cooperative actors can help each other in various ways. Low cash flow? A wealthy co-op player can donate money for your next purchase. Unhealthy? Your cooperative gamer friend can give you health and someone gets knocked out, you can also steal his soul and control his character if he allows it. In short, there are many advantages to getting into the game with your friends or just randomly.
Scott Pilgrim v. World: The full game brings back a lot of memories, and its arrival on current consoles is a great start for 2021. It’s a game that had little hope of a comeback, but with its release we can expect a possible sequel. It features the same classic graphics, retro soundtrack and slightly outdated controls, as well as fun and enjoyable combat and brilliant levels to explore. It’s a great game to play together and can give you and your friends hours of battles. A must-have purchase for everyone.
Overall score: 9,5/10