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If you havenít read Bryan Lee OíMalleyís Scott Pilgrim books, youíre missing out. Seriously, Iím not kidding Ė theyíre that good. Iím tempted to tell you to stop reading now and check them out, but then thereís no guarantee youíll come back now, is there?

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is based off the upcoming Edgar Wright directed film of the same name. The plot of both the game and movie follow loveable loser Scott Pilgrim and his attempts to woo courier Ramona Flowers. It seems Ramona is pretty into Scott as well, but in order to win her hand, Scott must first take on the Seven Evil Exes, a Legion of Doom type group made up of Ramonaís evil exes.

Gameplay resembles something between River City Ransom and Battletoads. The sheer whiff of Battletoads-like gameplay was enough to get me interested, the fact that itís Scott Pilgrim only makes it that much better. Itís also rather fitting that the PSN adaptation would follow in the footsteps of classic brawlers considering the number of geek throwbacks found in the books.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World features four playable characters from the books: Scott and Ramona, as well as Scottís band mates Stephen Stills and Kim Pine. The game can be played either solo or four-player co-op and presents a playful approach to gameplay. Youíll spend time bashing your way through minions and taking part in wild moments ripped straight from the books. Youíll take shortcuts through subspace and even fend off hipster-chucking Evil Ex, Matthew Patel. It sounds odd, but everything fits within the Scott Pilgrim universe perfectly.

Each character has a unique set of moves to unlock as you play through the game. Adding to the RPG elements, you can also spend money on snacks to further enhance each characterís stats. There are also plenty of weapons to pick up in levels, ranging from snowballs to bats, as well as special team-up combo attacks between players. Itís an old school brawler in every way possible.

Itís unlikely Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game can live up to every expectation fans will place upon it. But, based on what Ubisoft has shown so far, theyíre headed in the right direction.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is scheduled for release this August as a PSN download.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Ubisoft Entertainment