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

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Cult classic love letter to old-school beat-'em-ups returns.

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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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