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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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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?
- Platforms: Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $14.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: January 14, 2021
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: T for Cartoon Violence, Language, Mild Blood, Partial Nudity
- Last updated: January 19, 2021
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