Calling Scott Pilgrim vs. the World an indie hit would be a huge understatement. It might not have done well in theaters but it certainly developed a devoted fan base after that. Still, its indie pedigree started as a graphic novel series, then evolved into a movie and a classic video game.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game was designed as a classic beat ’em up sidescroller released in 2010, but was then delisted in 2014. It recently came back digitally with a physical release on the way from Limited Run Games. It’s a great game that’s a lot like a movie in some surprising and important ways.
Throughout the movie, there are a lot of people giving a Scott Pilgrim a hard time and rightfully so. His own sister is generally tired of his crap and is constantly trying to get him to be a better person. The only friend who always has his back is Wallace Wells.
To be fair, Wallace doesn’t really care all that much about what Scott does or doesn’t do. He just barely cares enough to get involved in Scott’s shenanigans, something that comes through in both the video game and the movie.
One of the standout features of the movie is the music. Both the original score and soundtrack are exceptional, the latter featuring performances by Brie Larson in character as Envy Adams. Beck was heavily involved in the soundtrack, as well.
The soundtrack for the game is different in many ways, but also equally exceptional. It was composed and performed by Anamanaguchi, and was virtually universally acclaimed by fans and critics alike.
After Scott’s heart was broken by Envy Adams, he reputedly went on a bit of a tear dating various women around Toronto. By the point the movie starts, he’s dating a high school girl named Knives Chau who is in awe of the older Scott.
While Knives thankfully moves on with her life, that doesn’t change the fact that she is a born and bred butt kicker. In both the movie and the game, Knives is an absolute legend, whupping anyone who gets in her way.