Scott Pilgrim: Yes, it will rule

I should preface by saying that, yes, Scott Pilgrim rules. If you haven’t read it then you shouldn’t even be here, unless you’ve just woke from a coma. For those of you just waking up from a coma, it’s a series penned by Canadian comic artist Brian Lee O’Malley that asks the question: “what if video game rules applied to real life?” It’s basically a combination romantic comedy, Canadian Manga, and primer on classic gaming culture, and you should already be reading it. It makes perfect sense that as it’s been adapted as a movie, the movie will have a video game tie-in. I managed to get some video and as you can see, it’s pretty cool. No surprise, since it’s been made by Ubisoft.

Below the fold, more video, plus exciting commentary!

Normally, video game movie tie-ins suck large. Aside from Goldeneye of course. Fortunately, this is a video game adaptation of a movie based on a comic that is partly about Video Games. The circle is complete. A 2.5D side scrolling beat-em-up that looks authentically 8 bit, it is fun and easy to play. You can select to play as Scott Pilgrim, Ramona, and even Steve Stills, and better still, it incorporates elements of classic fighting games like Marvel Versus Capcom, in that you can call on NPC allies to enter the game and help you. Scott calls upon Knives Chau, who attacks Scott’s enemies with the words LOVE. The emphasis is also on fun – you level up with new abilities really quickly.

I spoke to one of the game’s developers as I played, and he said something that really stuck with me: ” When I design games, it’s really easy to get caught up on errors, mistakes, bugs, and all that, so it’s really great to see people actually playing it, and enjoying the game. That kind of pure fun is why I got into games in the first place.” He made this remark because I basically made no secret of the fact that I LOVED this game. It’s gratifying to know that the people making the games sometimes get that sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with something being super fun.

In short, it is great. The game is out in July. Enjoy the cheap vids. Apologies in advance for the noise. I recommend turning the volume down before pressing play.

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