Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game is out now for both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade and if you haven’t played it, stop reading now, play it, and then come back to this article. Finished? Wasn’t that game one of the greatest pieces of blast-from-the-past awesome?
Recently, one game’s developers posted a behind the scenes look at all of the game’s levels, some explanations of what they were trying to accomplish with certain elements, and artwork for early designs and ideas that didn’t end up making it into the finished product.
The behind the scenes look offers a number of interesting tidbits including the an abandoned idea where major characters from the graphic novel would appear as mini-bosses - on the way to each evil ex.
Getting to explore every nook and cranny of each level in full landscape mode made me appreciate Ubisoft’s game design even more. Even though the game wasn’t hyped nearly as much as the film, it's still on many gamer's must play list
For those of you unfamiliar with the title, here is a quick rundown of what you will find.
Drawing mostly from Brian Lee O’Malley’s fantastic graphic novel and a little from the recent film adaptation, the game is a send-up of the classic 16-bit beat-em-ups made popular in arcades. Choosing between four playable characters, each with their own unique special moves, gamers can take down hipsters, robots, and guys dressed as Giant Dinosaurs on the way to defeating Ramona Flowers’ evil exes.
If you are looking for a great visual and audio experience the game definitely delivers, but expect to play the title through twice, if you want to reap most of the benefits. Just like those 16-bit side-scrollers of yesteryear, the game is a challenge.
Playing with friends gives you the upper hand (with the four player co-op) but don’t expect not to die… a lot. Never the less, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game knows its audience and is well aware of the types of retro throwbacks that will put smiles on their faces. Playing through game is a one-of-a-kind experience that won’t appeal to everybody, but for those who dive in - they will find great value in it.
For those Ranters who have played this game what did you think? Does getting a larger look at what the development was working on inspire you to download the game? Let us know in the comments below.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game is available now for the PSN and XBLA.