Admittedly, the Expendables isn't taking aim directly at Scott Pilgrim, it's more concerned with with the super chick flick Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts. And I don't think there's ever been so much testosterone in one flick, even with key players missing (seriously, you couldn't nab Vin Diesel or The Rock? That would've been better than UfC fighter Randy Couture or Dolph Lungren, who's entire claim to fame is Ivan Drago). But all three movies are opening this weekend, vying for top spot. Admittedly I do want to check out Expendables, but I'm pushing it just trying to catch Scott Pilgrim at midnight tonight(which if that does happen, expect a review tomorrow night), so that'll probably wait for video. What would be awesome is if Scott Pilgrim leaves these two in the dust, it would actually be a huge message to studios that there really is a big audience for something that has big game references and doesn't treat the gaming culture at large with disdain.
So if you're like me, you've watched the Scott Pilgrim trailers a bunch of times already, because they are epic, but even more epic is the trailer matched up the the graphic novel series it's based on:
And I've now played through several levels of the Scott Pilgrim game, and it's pretty sweet. If you enjoy side-scrolling brawlers, it's hard to go wrong here, especially since it's only $10. The soundtrack is extremely memorable, and the game looks fantastic, and it's really fun to go through the levels repeatedly, which is good, because one of the biggest complaints about this game is probably going to be how hard it is, especially solo. The enemies are brutal and cheap, but enough powering up through buying items and leveling balances it out. But easily the biggest sin is a lack of online play, as this game seems built for it, and it's just odd. Still this is easily one of the best downloadable games of the year even with those glaring flaws, so do yourself a favor and download it.
And as old school as the game is, the pitch goes back even further to more of an 8-bit look:
While that would've been kind of cool, I'm glad they went aimed a little bit higher with a 16-bit feel for the actual game.
Ok, that's really all I've got for today, hopefully back tomorrow with a Scott Pilgrim review and some non-Scott Pilgrim stuff. Until then, here's your TRAILER OF THE WEEK: Skyline