Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. As a downloadable title Scott Pilgrim is almost what everyone could want. It does nothing but pay homage to the ghosts of gaming past while it improves a long forgotten genre of gaming.
  2. Do yourself a favour (Canadian spelling) and pick up this great XBLA title and do the world a favour by supporting (thereby, showcasing) a truly outstanding Canadian production.
  3. What the developers took from the storyline, setting and combat style exhibited in the graphic novels created an amazing arcade fighter and fans of this genre should take the time to play through it.
  4. Scott Pilgrim hardly has an original idea of its own, and that's entirely the point: it's a wonderful homage to its predecessors, while still proving thoroughly enjoyable in its own right.
  5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a very fascinating game, with charismatic characters and gameplay. However it isn't for everyone: buy it only if you're looking for a difficult and demanding experience.
  6. Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game is a worthy addition to the franchise and perhaps one of the best movie video games you'll ever find, if you want to classify it as such. It's just a shame that it can be frustratingly difficult and it chose to put itself in a genre which is somewhat tired in this modern age.
  7. 83
    Scott Pilgim's real problem: the lack of any online multiplayer.
  8. Simple, intuitive and, most of all, fun: three adjectives that perfectly describe Scott Pilgrim's gaming experience. Thanks to a wonderful retro visual style and an extremely accessible gameplay, this "old school" scrolling beat'em up proves to be one of the best arcade games out there. Don't miss out, especially if you have a few friends to share the experience with.
  9. 80
    Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is really enjoyable, even if at times it can be really frustrating. The music is incredible and it has an amazing style unlike anything else out there. If only it had online co-op. But it doesn't.
  10. Putting all of that potential entertainment against the price roughly equates to something ridiculously cheap like 50p per hour of gaming.
  11. 80
    If you don't enjoy old-school looks, repetitive gaming and blips for music, then you obviously aren't the one this game is aimed at. However, if those things give you goose bumps and memories of beating up the same enemy over and over then Scott Pilgrim is your game.
  12. If you enjoy beat-em-ups or old-school gaming at all, you should definitely give it a try. It should be noted that while I completed the Xbox 360 version, I found the PS3's d-pad offered more precise control.
  13. In the end, though, for the now below-average cost of 800 Microsoft Points there is enough to love about Scott Pilgrim vs. the World to make it a worthy addition to your XBLA collection.
  14. For everyone else though, the game is a harder sell and I would recommend that you make use of Live's ability to download the trial version before dumping those 800 points into a purchase.
  15. 70
    While in no way essential, there's worse you could do with your money... [Issue#65, p.104]
  16. A knowing tribute to the games of yesteryear and a worthy counterpart to both the film and comic. [Issue#101, p.112]
  17. I'm thankful to this game, because it intrigued me enough to check out the excellent movie and the even more excellent graphic novels. It opened my eyes to the works of artist Paul Robertson and the band Anamanaguchi. It's just a damn shame that the game is nothing special.
  18. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game makes for one of the better movie-based games out there. It carries its homage to old beat 'em up games a little too far, forgoing online play and a consistent checkpoint system, especially for a game that's not meant to be played by yourself.
  19. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a fun throwback to a simpler era, but visibility issues and a lack of online co-op get in the way of your enjoyment.
  20. 65
    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is fun to play but only for a little while. The monotonous gameplay, simple graphics and bad music will make sure that you get bored very fast.
  21. There's a fairly good game here that's just marred by a terrible co-op system.
  22. It's honest fun for a while. [Nov 2010, p.121]
  23. This game could have been a lot more fun if a couple of tweaks were made in certain key areas.
  24. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a great homage to beat-em-ups of old that plays well, but is hurt by a few technical issues and gameplay missteps. No online co-op can also sour the experience.
  25. The insane difficulty feels like a horrible joke. [Issue#63, p.102]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Sep 18, 2010
    JUST Classic...any real old school gamer can enjoy this masterpiece. This game is a flashback to the 80's the music, characters, design anyway everything is a time machine to the golden years. For me this game is alot of fun. Full Review »
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    My friend was literally addicted to this game, so we played co-op...but I didn't get the hype for this game. "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" was a good movie, but the game, following with **** graphics and LINEAR hack-and-slash gameplay, was a meh. Only those who are obssessed with SP might like this game; if not, go back to COD. Full Review »
  3. Aug 28, 2010
    Heavily influenced by brawlers like Streets Of Rage and Battletoads, this is a side-scrolling beat 'em up with a 16-bit aesthetic. The character progression is satisfying, you're rewarded for replaying levels and collecting items by constantly developing new moves to use against enemies which get progressively more difficult to handle. For anyone who has read the books or seen the film there's great fun to be had interacting with some of the characters you know and love, in settings you're familiar with. Co-op is good fun if you can hook up with (up to 3) like-minded button mashers, and personally it made for good use of the arcade stick I'd had in a cupboard since Street Fighter IV. Full Review »