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Scott Pilgrim vs the World the Game is a game for the retro gamer. It comes equipped with a side-scrolling brawler style game play similar to River City Ransom or Streets of Rage mixed with an RPG leveling system. It features numerous references to classic 8-bit games such as Zelda, Mario, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It also contains a healthy dose of coins, power-ups, 1Ups, unlockables, cheat codes, and end bosses which add to its retro game feel.
The game play loosely follows the plot of Scott Pilgrim, the graphic novels created by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Up to four players can play locally (yes, on the couch next to your friends) as Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Kim Pine or Stephen Stills as well as two other unlockable characters, who must battle through seven levels in order to defeat Ramona's seven evil exes. Characters have their own individual move sets, which can be expanded upon by gaining enough experience. The Characters are also able to use weapons found in the environment such as trash cans and baseball bats. Each player has Heart Points (HP) and Guts Points (GP), the latter of which can revive players if they are knocked out, or be used to perform special moves such as summoning Knives Chau. Defeating enemies earns coins which can be spent in shops to purchase items that can replenish health or boost stats. Players can also enter bonus Subspace areas where extra coins can be earned. During co-operative play, players can revive fallen comrades, give each other health or money and simultaneously taunt for a combined attack.
The game was first announced at San Diego Comic Con 2009 on July 28, 2009. On March 26, 2010, chiptune punk band Anamanaguchi announced at PAX East that they would be performing the soundtrack for the game. It was also revealed that Paul Robertson, the creator of Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006, is handling the art direction of the game, which is based on the look of the graphic novels. Series creator Bryan Lee O'Malley and movie director Edgar Wright have also been involved in development. On June 8, 2010, GameInformer presented their first hands on, where it was revealed the game would be a timed exclusive for Playstation Network, with an Xbox Live Arcade release at a later date. The first trailer for the game was released on June 11, 2010, which showed some of the stages in the game such as inside a club, on a street and noticeably inside a Toronto Transit Commission streetcar. The game makes various references to video games and anime, such as River City Ransom, Akira, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Kirby, Mega Man, and Streets of Rage. An early pitch video was revealed on August 11, 2010, which showcased even more retro graphics and direct parodies of classic games. Scott Pilgrim themed Avatar clothes and props were released on Avatar Marketplace on August 12, 2010. The game's original soundtrack by Anamanaguchi was released by ABKCO Records on August 24, 2010.
Prior to release Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game received nominations for Best Downloadable Game of E3 2010 by both GameSpot and GameTrailers. Currently, the game has received positive reviews from critics.
Metacritic current average of 77 / 100.
IGN gave 8.0 and an Editor's Choice Award praising its style and soundtrack but criticizing its lack of online multiplayer or drop-in play.
1UP.com gave a B+. Criticizing the game's difficulty and need for grinding.
Joystiq gave 5 Stars. Saying that "they couldn't recommend it any higher, especially at 10 bucks."
Game Informer gave 9.0. Calling it "the best modern brawler since Castle Crashers."
GamesRadar gave 8/10. Calling it "a breezy blast from the past."
GameSpot gave 6.5. Saying the game is a bit too chaotic with four players on screen.
Kotaku called it "an entertaining little old-school beat-em up that becomes exponentially more entertaining the more friends you play with.