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Inside PlayStation Network – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

The digital delights of Sony’s scrumptious PlayStation Network service know no bounds. Aside from letting punters compete in online gaming, stream films, browse the Internet and more, its premier attraction rests in the copious supply of downloadable games ripe for the picking. From PSN exclusives to PSOne Classics, minis and plain old add-on content, Sony’s online space is chock full of goodies battling it out for your hard-earned digital dollars.

Welcome back to another installment of Inside PlayStation Network, where every Monday – Friday we’ll pluck a PSN release—be it new or old—and put it in the spotlight for a thorough dissection. Fancy getting a new PSN game but don’t know what one to plump for? Perhaps this feature will help. Didn’t realize that a game was available in your region until now? We’ve got you covered. Or, perhaps you were musing over what those lucky Japanese folk were tucking into over in the Land of the Rising Sun? You can be sure our coverage will extend to those rare regional exclusives as much as those firmly embedded on the public consciousness.

Today, we shine the spotlight on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

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Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Region(s) available: North America, Europe
Players: 1-4

Based on the comic book of the same name, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World carries the distinct aroma of nostalgia about it, featuring a retro-tastic 16-bit aesthetic that wouldn’t look out of place in the early 90s. If side-scrolling beat ‘em ups are your thing, then this should be right up your street. Playing as the eponymous slacker musician, gamers have one overall objective: fight your way through seven stages to and pummel your girlfriend’s evil ex-boyfriends into submission.

The game’s concept couldn’t be simpler. Each level has you traversing a set path, duffing up countless goons along the way. Scott initially starts off as a basic brawler, though bumping off bad guys will allow him to level up, increasing his fighting prowess. Aside from your bread-and-butter punches and kicks, players can unlock a myriad of manoeuvres including flying kicks, elbow drops, sliding tackles and many more to aid you in combat.

Scott will also rake in plenty of dough from eliminating his adversaries, which can then be spent on various stat boosts via shops. Outside of your bog-standard bully boy grunts, players will face off against an array of boss characters, most of which pack a hefty punch. As such, don’t be surprised if you end up having to grind your way up to a suitable level in order to stand a chance of toppling them. You can however, bring along a mate to facilitate your efforts via the game’s co-op mode.

Aside from combining each other’s might to strategically batter your foes, co-op also allows you to rejuvenate a fallen partner by rushing to their side should they lose all their health. Or, if you’re in more of a party mood, you can bring along three other buddies to join in the fray for some four-player frolics. Conspicuous by its absence however is the lack of online co-op. Scott Pilgrim isn’t the longest game in the world, though there’s still plenty of replay value tucked away thanks to the unlockable characters, hidden shops not to mention multiple endings. Plus, there’s always reason to revisit previous levels to unearth branching pathways and pimp out your repertoire to the max.

Tune in again tomorrow as we have another poke around Inside PlayStation Network.