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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Scott Pilgrim: Ubisoft’s Favorite Brawler

Scott Pilgrim, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series, remains iconic. Does Ubisoft’s adaptation of it live up? Pilgrim is a complicated character with a slacker outlook. He punches people and robots. He also plays bass guitar in a band. 

What if the character’s history and build-up are taken away from him? What would be left? Just another guy who brawls with other people, and at times, robots. He swings at them so hard that they explode. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game is all about that. 

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game

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The game was launched back in 2010 after the film adaptation was released. Due to Ubisoft’s expiry of the license, the game was eventually taken down in 2014. Anything that is deleted in the digital world sparks widespread curiosity. And so has happened with the game. 

The game seems like a “what if” version of the original comic’s storyline. Scott Pilgrim remains somewhat douchey and swingy, saving his love interest, Ramona Flowers. The game stands like a collage of random fights Pilgrim has had throughout the novels. He faces up against a few of his nemeses like Lucas Lee, Todd, and Matthew Patel. While all of them come as bosses, there are several minion plays put in action between these fights. 

While the game definitely remains enjoyable- fans of the character or the novels would find it still entertaining. The Scott Pilgrim, the player chooses to play with, remains an older version of the graphic novels, the one every reader read in the beginning. It’s like an alternate universe, where he is only there for some fresh ass-kicking action. There seems to be a lack of character-storyline to build him up and fall in love.

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