Everyone has one series or franchise they love to bits, more than anything else. The style or story just stick, you can become absorbed into it without trying, you love it. It’s often your guilty pleasure, the thing you love watching or reading again and again each year, because you somehow never get sick of it. Well, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is definitely my guilty pleasure. From its silly yet down to earth characters, the fantastic art style and visuals, along with a story which is so relatable with its themes of relationships, it’s a great series, which has touched people all around the world – and one I’ve been revisiting lately.
Since my Top 5 article last week, I’ve been thinking about other pop culture series that would make great single player games. Funnily enough Scott Pilgrim vs. the World came to mind. Now yes, there already is a SP vs. the W game, a side-scrolling beat ‘em up that came out back in 2010, and is a great game. Like, really good. Nominated for best downloadable game of the year good. And the original game does a great job of covering the visual style and fun of the comics. But when re-watching the movie recently (for the billionth time), enjoying the epic fights between all the characters, I couldn’t help but wish there was a 2D fighting game, based on the Scott Pilgrim universe.
The SP vs. W graphic novels and movie are filled with numerous fights between lots of different characters, featuring classic video game cliché moments. Fights are fast paced and fun to watch, with the characters featuring great looks and fighting techniques and moves that relate to their personalities. This is one of the strongest arguments for a fighter based on the game – that there is already so much content which could be used for a fighter.
There are a ton of characters who are all unique, with different fighting styles, such as Scott with his more original hand to hand combat style and maybe some bass combos, or Knives who is a fast-moving fighter using her knives and movement to her advantage. Other fighters mix up the roster like Ramona, who is a heavy hitting character with her heavier weapons including a Norse War hammer and baseball bat, or the Japanese Katayanagi twins, who in the comics use robots and twin combos to fight Scott. These four characters already show the diversity a fighting roster would have and pairing these characters up to fight in your living room would be pretty amazing.
And that’s just the characters. The graphics and effects make SP vs. W stand out from so many other franchises. This is especially true in the fights, as the characters use varied abilities and moves while fighting which look amazing. The characters and environments look strikingly different, and would add real colour and visual taste to a 2D fighter. Just imagine taking on Nega Scott in the Chaos theatre with a crowd roaring, or pulling off bass combos with Todd in the snowy streets of Toronto. It’s easy to imagine and visualize these moments without even playing a game yet, and a lot of thanks goes to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s great drawing ability for that.
Some great examples of the type of fighting game Scott Pilgrim would fit into would be the style the Persona fighting series is based around. Persona Arena and Persona Ultimax as fighters have a huge focus on the visual style from the original games, which makes the game stand out and make the gameplay all the more fun to watch. The action is fast paced with tight controls, leading to gorgeous and skillful fights any fighter fan would love to try. Another fighting franchise, Skullgirls, focuses heavily on its art style as a main point of the game, defining it in an industry filled with repetitive and lackluster releases. This is exactly the feel I would want from a Scott Pilgrim game. Beautiful combos, quick bursts of action, with interesting weapons and great controls to boot.
But let’s not forgot the story – would the game’s story follow the original story-line from the graphic novels, or the movie, or something entirely new? Personally, having a story mode that follows the original story about defeating all the evil exes to be with Ramona, sounds like a great start, but why not explore some of the events from the past, the events which happened before the main events shown in the movie. I’m sure most Scott Pilgrim fans would love to see some focus on the original stories from the graphic novels.
From a fan’s point of view, it’s easy for me to be excited for another game based on one of my most beloved franchises. But in all seriousness, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has real potential as a full-fledged fighter. The characters are funny and interesting yet have mystical powers and are some of the best fighters in the world. The locations are varied, colourful, and realistic, and are proven to be great places for fights from the movie and novels. Not to mention a great story-line with more to be explored. To me it’s the perfect fighter, and one that not only die-hard fans would enjoy, but gamers in general.
So what do you think? Are you a big Scott Pilgrim fan and would love to see another game based on the series? Let us know in the comments! Stay tuned for to OnlySP for more features about single player only games by following us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.