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POSTED 8/9/10


SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD: THE GAME

Ubisoft
Xbox 360/XBLA (also on PS3/PSN)

For every atrocity credited to the 1980s – poodle perms, Top Gun, Kajagoogoo – there were good things. The Commodore 64, Pretty in Pink, New Order – plus they were the golden days of videogames.

If you don’t know Scott Pilgrim, get thee to a Wikipedia. Comic book character, movie star and now videogame star, he’s fallen hard for young Ramona Flowers (no relation, ’cos she’s plural and all), but to seal the deal he must dispose of her seven evil exes.

This videogame follows that story pretty much to a tee, but it’s how it does it that’s like all gag-me-with-a-spoon super non-grody. Like.

SPVTW:TG couldn’t be more ’80s if it donned a ‘Choose Life’ tee and crooned ‘Karma Chameleon’. Not only does it look and sound the part – chunky pixel city with awesome chiptunes – it ‘borrows’ bits from most any classic videogame your synapses could summon. It comes together in an in-joke-infused side-scrolling beat ’em up reminiscent of Double Dragon and Final Fight, with up to four player co-op like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coin-op (although there’s no online, which is totally bogus).

Adding to the faithful ’80s-ness, the game is bitch-bastard hard. Battle through wave after wave of thugs, hoods and other assorted ne’er-do-wells, kicking, punching and throwing anything not nailed down, to eventually come to the boss battle – usually one of Ramona’s exes. Then do the work-the-pattern-out grind, die, and do it all again to get back to the boss to try to work it out further.  

If you love old school gaming you’ll super-dig this, but if you can’t hack a bit of hard then you may want to wait for a Strawberry Shortcake game. Softcock!

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