Scott Pilgrim vs the World video game re-release brings brawling back to Toronto streets



Gamers were thrilled last year to learn that Ubisoft would re-release the video game adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs the World. 

Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game, Complete Edition is now available for Nintendo Switch, PS4/5, Stadia, Windows, and Xbox One/Series X. It includes the add-on content that lets you play as Knives Chau and Wallace Wells. 

The side-scrolling brawler’s 10th anniversary was last year, and it’s just as charming as it was back in 2010. You can battle as Scott or as other characters. These include Ramona Flowers, Kim Pine, and Stephen Stills, and each character has distinct attacks and supers. 

You can upgrade the skills of these characters as you play, and visit stores and shops in the environment to get boosts from things that you buy with money you pick up along the way. These items include all the things interesting to a twenty-something finding their way in the big city, like concert T-shirts and nachos. 

Toronto circa 2010

As with the original comic by Canadian Bryan Lee O’Malley and the film adaptation directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera, the story of Scott Pilgrim is set in Toronto. The game honestly represents the city circa 2010. Locations include TTC underground platforms and stand-ins for venues like Lee’s Palace and Sneaky Dee’s.

This game is almost as popular because of its soundtrack by Anamanaguchi. The pop band incorporates video game hardware into its instrumentation to create music that’s referred to as “chiptune” or “bitpop” because of its pixelated sound. 

Anamanaguchi’s energetic music is ideal for the game. It provides the perfect syncopation for beating up all the nasties that get in your way. 

You can play with up to three friends, locally or online. This is how the game is best enjoyed. More than a nostalgia trip, Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game, Complete Edition is twitchy brawling fun.

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