Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - Complete Edition

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Cult classic love letter to old-school beat-'em-ups returns.

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Positive Messages

The game encourages teamwork, whether it's calling in help from an AI support or joining with a couple of friends in multiplayer co-op. In co-op mode, players can help each other by reviving downed teammates or "lending money" earned during play to teammates so they can upgrade their character stats.

Positive Role Models

Though each playable character comes with their own unique looks, animations, and attacks, they're relatively interchangeable with each other in the main game. In the story, the characters are motivated to work to defeat Ramona's evil exes, but the deeper story elements form the comics/film are generally glossed over.

Ease of Play

The side-scrolling, beat 'em up controls are generally easy to pick up and play. Some moves in co-op require coordination between teammates. The game also includes selectable difficulty levels, which give players options for increasing or decreasing the overall challenge.

Violence

This is a classic, arcade-style beat 'em up game, so violence is constant. Players use a variety of weapons (baseball bats, swords, hockey sticks, etc.) and special abilities to fight through waves of enemy humans, robots, and monsters. The retro style and cartoonish nature doesn't show any graphic depictions of violence, with defeated enemies simply flashing and disappearing from the screen.

Sex

Some female characters are presented in revealing clothing, and a character's bare rear is shown in the background of one scene.

Language

While there's no real profanity in the dialogue, some scenes do occasionally show characters sticking up their middle finger.

Consumerism

This is an expanded re-release of 2010's original Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: The Game and is based on the popular movie and comic. This new release also includes content that was originally available only as downloadable content in the original release.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: The Game - Complete Edition is a side-scrolling action "beat 'em up" game available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Stadia, Amazon Luna, and Windows based PC. Players use a variety of melee and weapon attacks, as well as special abilities, to fight their way through waves of enemy minions, culminating in battles against Ramona Flowers' seven evil exes. While combat is a core part of the game, its over-the-top cartoonish style keeps the violence from being graphic or even realistic. Parents should also be aware that some characters are occasionally shown in revealing outfits and appear sticking up their middle fingers to "flip a bird."

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Teen, 14 years old Written bynoahguy526 January 16, 2021

Scott Pilgrim the game returns!

I love this game so much and I really think a 13+ rating is pushing it. The only thing about the violence is that it’s fist fighting. There’s no blood and enemi... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old May 18, 2021

underrated game

scott pilgrim vs the world is a great novel movie and game. the game is very fun to play. violence 2/5 very little if your just playing the story mode. you pret... Continue reading

What's it about?

After ten years, it's time to battle once again in the name of love with SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD: THE GAME – COMPLETE EDITION. If you ever thought your dating life was difficult, it's nothing compared to the love life of lovable slacker, Scott Pilgrim, and his enigmatic girlfriend, Ramona Flowers. For this relationship to work, Scott and his friends must take to the streets and fight back against the forces of Ramona's former flame, Gideon Graves, and his League of Evil Exes. You can play solo or get the band back together in drop-in/drop-out local and online multiplayer matches. The Complete Edition includes a remastered version of the original 2010 release, as well as the Knives Chau and Wallace Wells add-on packs, previously available only as downloadable content. The game also includes instant access to all four minigame modes: Survival Horror, Battle Royale, Boss Rush, and Dodgeball. Players can relive all their favorite moments from the iconic comic book series and the cult classic film, and rediscover all the fun that made the original Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: The Game an underground hit.

Is it any good?

To anyone that's read the Bryan Lee O'Malley comics on which the film was based, a video game adaptation didn't just seem to be inevitable, but it was almost an obligation. The whole story of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: The Game - Complete Edition was pretty much one big video game already. Back in 2010, Ubisoft gave the fans what they wanted, in the form of an old school, side-scrolling beat 'em up game. While it wasn't perfect, it did a great job of faithfully recreating the look and feel of the cult classics, earning a fan following of its own, right up until it vanished from store listings without explanation.

The Complete Edition does more than just bring Scott and his friends back from Subspace after a decade long hiatus. While the addition of the two DLC character packs is appreciated, what really makes this remaster stand out are the little tweaks and changes that shore up some of the minor gripes of the original release. The biggest of these is the addition of drop-in/drop-out local co-op, as well as online multiplayer. This alone makes the Complete Edition of the game stand out above the original release. Just like the classic games that have influenced the Scott Pilgrim franchise, this game's side scrolling action is so much more fun with friends and these additions make it much easier to enjoy the arcade-like experience. It's still not the deepest beat 'em up in the genre, but it's a great love letter to fans of old school games like River City Ransom and Double Dragon, wrapped up in the quirky and colorful personality that has made Scott Pilgrim's adrenaline fueled love story such a hit in comics and film.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in media. Is the impact of the violence in Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: The Game - Complete Edition affected by the cartoonish nature of the gameplay? Would the impact of the violence be intensified if the visuals were more realistic?

  • How can books, movies, games, etc., provide creative new ways to adapt material? How do the different types of media borrow from one another and what can they uniquely offer?

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