Did I know what Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was before I played this game? No. Have I ever played River City Ransom (This game's main inspiration)? No. Do I like beat 'em-up games? HECK YES!

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Even after playing this game, I'm not entirely sure what that is. I just know that it has something to do with beating up ex boyfriends to be with the girl I love. Beat up the bad guys and get the girl - sounds like a good video game premise to me (especially an 8-bit style game.)

In SPvsTW, you'll hit enemies with your fists, your feet, a large variety of objects (like baseball bats, trash cans, buckets, snowballs, etc.) and other enemies. YES!! Also, you'll fight a variety of enemies, but describing any of them to you would be a spoiler. You'll just have to find out for yourself.

Like I said before, I like beat 'em-up games. Some of my favorite, classic video games are brawlers like Final Fight, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time and The Simpsons Arcade Game. As much as I liked these games, there was something that was always frustrating about them - they were HARD! Before ports of these games were created for current consoles, I'd never beat an arcade brawler before (I've yet to complete Final Fight or Simpsons Arcade.) So naturally, one of my biggest concerns about this retro title was, "Will I be able to finish it?!?" Trophies and achievements are a big part of the modern gaming culture, so this is a common concern that gamers may have about any game. However, unlike the old-school beat 'em-ups, Scott Pilgrim saves after each level you complete. On top of that, it saves every time you get "Game Over" and select to continue, so anything you earn is kept so you can continue to level up. Level up?!? OH YEAH!

One of the best features of SPvsTW is the RPG element. While playing this game, you'll gain XP which will unlock new moves, and you'll collect coins which can be spent on special items that will increase your strength, defense, speed and more. This was a breath of fresh air for me, as it made the game unlike any brawler I've ever played before. Turtles in Time (my favorite, classic beat 'em-up game) had attack, dash attack and special attack, but this is just a portion of what Scott Pilgrim has to offer.



And now for the REALLY good part (I've saved the best for last!) Nostalgia. The Scott Pilgrim game is a tribute to many classic video games. From the character selection screen, to the level selection screen, to the level design and beyond... this game is sure to remind you of at least one of your favorite old-school games.

From the moment you select your character, SPvsTW pays homage to classic games, starting with Super Mario Bros. 2. Even if you're a SMB2 hater, you'll recognize the screen, and hopefully... that will put a smile on your face.

Without knowing the source material, and without seeing the movie (yet), I thoroughly enjoyed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. If this game gets online co-op, I will change my rating to a perfect 10. It's easily the most fun I've had with a downloadable title, and with the retro, 8-bit style, it's something that will have a lasting appeal. Like Turtles in Time and Final Fight, I'm confident that I'll want to play this game years after its release.