Ubisoft’s ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Game: You Had Us At ‘Playable Kim Pine’
There are few things I love in this world more than Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" and awesome video games, so as you might expect, today's GameInformer article on Ubisoft's Scott Pilgrim game has me pretty darn excited, because this thing looks awesome:
Every single new piece of information that comes out about this game is something to be excited about: A side-scrolling beat-em-up with at least four playable characters (Scott, Stephen Stills, Ramona Flowers and Kim Pine) with hints at more being unlocked through gameplay? Yes. River City Ransom-style mechanics that mimic the River City Ransom-style mechanics of the actual comic? Yes. Soundtrack by chiptune band Anamanaguchi? Yes.
For me, though, probably the most exciting news (well, aside from a playable Kim Pine) was the involvement of machinima creator Paul Robertson, whose amazing videos -- "Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006" and "Kings of Power 4 Billion %" -- were the most insanely, mind-blowingly over-the-top sidescrollers that never happened. They are ultraviolent video game madness in its purest form, and finally getting his design sense blended with Scott Pilgrim in a playable format is genuinely thrilling.
And then there's this paragraph:
After beating down loads of goons, we finally make it up to the stage to fight the band and drummer Lynette Guycott comes out swinging with her deadly bionic arm. After some punishment, she tags in lead singer Envy Adams, Scott's ex-girlfriend. Once they're both down for the count, Ramona's third evil ex-boyfriend, Todd Ingram, summons his magical vegan powers and chases us through the backstage area. We have to bash down 10 walls in a row while running as fast as possible or else the angry vegan will crush us. Once we make it to a dead end, Todd challenges us to a quick Guitar Hero-style bass-off, and then we blast into a full on boss fight. We beat on him for a bit until he unleashes screen-filling veggie attacks that can only be contained by the Vegan Police. One he's stunned we take him down for the count and catch a glance of the comic book-style cutscenes.
There's nothing about that that isn't awesome.
"Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe" hits the PlayStation Network in August, and while the PlayStation 3 gets it early, an XBox Live version should be hitting sometime after that.