Lost in the Music: Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game

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Chiptunes are a rare breed of music these days in modern gaming. For the most part, games have large bombastic soundtracks utilizing full blown orchestras giving each game a grand scale. However there are times when retro is better. The simplicity of chiptunes can be a refreshing change of pace.

That is what makes Scott Pilgrim: Vs the World: The Game such a satisfying change. They could have easily made a shoddy tie-in game to match the release day, but instead they went their own route, making the game in the same vein of classic arcade beat em ups like Final Fight, using 16 bit era sprites and music, which is Anamanaguchi’s speciality This makes it ideal for becoming lost in the music.

 

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5: Bollywood:

For those unaware, Bollywood is the catch-all term for movies made in India with its action/martial arts movies being the most prominent. The music in those movies are high paced, high energy themes. So, when you are fighting Matthew Patel in Scott Pilgrim, it would be only fitting that the music would be reminiscent of Bollywood cinema.

The music has that feeling that really wants to move you. It’s energy is very infectious and has an excellent beat to it - ideal for this boss fight and an ideal piece to get cemented at the number 5 spot.

 

 

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4: Twin Dragons

If Bollywood is a take on Bollywood action flicks and music, then the Twin Dragon’s is its Hong Kong Fu counterpart. This is a song that would not seem out of place during a fight in a Hong Kong alley way. Kind of ironic seeing as the Katayanagi twins are Japanese. But that is neither here nor there.

The song itself, much like Bollywood, is capable of transporting the player - not to India but to Hong Kong. The song shares several similar elements to Fei Long’s theme from Street Fighter which, when you think about it, is kind of ironic considering that the game took several elements from Final Fight. Still, it’s an excellent track.

 

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3 Gideon Wrath Part 1 and II

Every game has a climatic fight, sometimes split into two different tracks and Gideon Wrath I and II are no different. Each track represents a different phase of the fight. One song has an epic, god-slaying feel to it; while the other has a feel that evokes that you are fighting your own personal rival.

Gideon Wrath Part 1 is the one to have the aura of a rivalry and the better of the two. It’s that feeling you get when after all has been said and done, you still have to face the last boss/villain/evil ex. He has done horrible things to you and your friends for the past year and now, finally, it is all on the line with one last confrontation.

Gideon Wrath Part II, on the other hand, has that feeling of epicness. Whereas when you first face Gideon he is but a man, he now becomes a God - possessing the spirits of the previous 6 exes. He is twisted beyond redemption; but it also exposes his more human side. He exposes his heart, only for you to strike it until he falls in defeat. Not from Scott himself, but from heartbreak. Or it could be something completely different.

 

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2: Rox 300:

Where the previous boss themes have been more balanced in presentation, Rox 300 is a crazy, unbalanced tune, perfectly reflecting Roxie Richter herself. The tune starts off high strung and fast, then immediately slows down for a few beats only for it to race once more. Despite this, the song is quite fun and one of the best songs on the album - but the best has yet to come.

 

 

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1: Another Winter:

Another Winter is the best song on the album. This is the first theme I ever heard from the game and fell in love with it - game and soundtrack. This is the song you listen to with your girlfriend while walking down the snow streets of Toronto and beating up thugs who try and rob you. Not much can be said about this tune as each person will have their own story.

This is, by far and away, the the crown jewel of the soundtrack. You can tell when a band has fun with an album because it is reflected in their works; and this song is no different. A fun, adventurous tune that set’s the stage for a great game.

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There you have it, my top 5 picks from the Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game soundtrack. The CD is an awesome buy. You can find it on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon for under 10 bucks; and it is well worth the buy. If you need some funky chiptunes, you can do no better then Anamanaguchi.

 

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