|Scarface: The World Is Yours|
|Developer: Radical Entertainment
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Release Date: Out Now
Generally games based on popular films end up an unfinished pile of mainstream averageness, but as Scarface was one of the main influences on GTA III & Vice City I had high hopes for this one…
The game strangely doesn’t follow the plot of the movie storyline; you start at the final shootout at Tony Montana’s mansion and escape rather than go out in a hail of bullets and F-words. The game then carves out a totally different story as you start from the bottom again, re-taking Miami back, turf by turf and business by business. The main characters from the film are around for you to take sweet bloody revenge upon and the more prominent locales are also available for you to take a peek around.
The soundtrack is also top-notch ‘80s and feels like a b-side to the Vice city album. As well as featuring the entire Scarface soundtrack (which will sound familiar because much of which was used in GTA III and Vice City) it also has classics like: “Breakin’ The Law” by Judas Priest, “Don’t Believe The Hype” by Public Enemy and “Super Freak” by Rick James. There’s a pretty big library of tracks and with the option to create your own playlist there should be enough to keep any fan of eighties cheese happy!
On-foot the combat is a lot less complicated than GTA and a lot more fun! The biggest new thing for Scarface is the “Balls-meter”: this fills when you perform acts that Tony Montana would have the balls to do. This could be powersliding, shouting at other drivers, intimidating drug dealers/hookers or just killing loads of bad guys. When your “balls-meter” is full you can hold the ‘B’ button down and go on a first-person rampage! You’re invincible and for the time all of the enemies are automatically locked on, giving you health back for every enemy you kill. This makes it a vital element in surviving the tougher missions and it’s also fun to hear Tony rant and rave in the background while he’s on a rampage!
Most of the action takes place on-foot and the missions involve buying properties for your front, with some story missions in-between. After you’ve acquired storefronts and a warehouse you can undertake the drug smuggling missions! You firstly have to complete an easy mission to get access to the contact and then negotiate the sale of coke from the supplier. This can range from 1kg to huge 20kg deals in “the islands”! You can also do smaller drug deals which you sell to dealers personally rather than distribute among your businesses.
By accident once I didn’t reduce my gang heat and went to do a drug deal that normally gave me 3kg. This time I first had to lose a tail before I could meet with the dealer. When I met with the dealer I was only offered 1kg for an inflated price and instead of getting it straight after the deal I had to drive across town and collect it from a car in a parking lot! This is what elevated the little touches in Scarface from more than just gimmicks: they actually had an effect on the missions that I did!
Any money you get from drug deals or make from missions is carried on you as “dirty money”, which will disappear if you die. In Scarface you have to go to the bank and “launder” your money, which is something that should be in every gangster game but isn’t! There are so many little touches like this in Scarface that to explain them all would take just as long as listing the cars in Gran Turismo 4!
Nevertheless I don’t think I’ve laughed so much running through a crowd of gangsters with a chainsaw, screaming “I KILL ALL YOU COCK-A-ROACHES!” with DECAPITATE! Flashing on the screen. And getting 1000 balls for doing so!
Scarface: The World Is Yours is my guilty pleasure. Although it’s a little rough around the edges (the Xbox version looks minimally better than the PS2 game) and the missions eventually tend to meld into each other I’ve not had as much fun playing a game in a long time. There’s definitely enough innovation and Scarface “class” to make this a worthy purchase, even if you’ve completed Vice City five times… “JUST F*&$ING BUY IT YOU DIRTY F£$KS!”
PS: This game isn’t suitable for kids, grandmothers with heart conditions or if the inlaws are coming round for a visit.
- Great Scarface feel
- Top-notch voice acting
- Smooth controls
- Good soundtrack
- You can intimidate prostitutes!
- Your friends won’t like your new “vocabulary”…
- Side-games and missions get too similar after a while