A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters are presented in revealing clothing, and a character's bare rear is shown in the background of one scene.
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While there's no real profanity in the dialogue, some scenes do occasionally show characters sticking up their middle finger.
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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."
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.
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