I’m a huge Scott Pilgrim fan and brawlers are my absolute favorite classic genre, so Ubisoft had the chance to exponentially disappoint or thrill me. Fortunately, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is everything I would have wanted for game based on the franchise, and it stands on its own as a great beat ’em up.
Up to four players can team up at Scott Pilgrim, Stephen Stills, Ramona Flowers, or Kim Pine to take on Ramona’s seven evil exes and legions of hipsters, ninjas, in the Halloween party revelers. Enemy personality is important in this genre, and Pilgrim’s foes have it in spades. Emo dudes regain health if you let them fix their hair, Todd Ingram abuses his telekinetic vegan powers to great effect, and loads more excellent moments (that I will not spoil here) permeate the entire experience.
There are tons of fun cut scenes that are short and sweet, and the four player co-op mode is a blast.
While the game is great fun as a single-player experience, it truly shines when you team up with friends. Whether you’re working together to figure out a boss pattern or hogging all the Canadian coins, multiplayer is a blast. The only problem? There is absolutely no online play. How was that feature left out in this day and age? I would have gladly paid an extra $5 over the $10 asking price for this feature. Picturing my friends list full of people playing this awesome game and not being able to team up just hurts.