Scarface the World is Yours
There is a common
consensus in the gaming world that games based on movies or television
series are generally poor quality and are usually cashing in on the
franchise with only a few breaking this stereotype. Scarface the World
is Yours, is one of those titles that although based in the "Scarface"
universe, it delivers a strong plot, competent gameplay and highly
detailed graphics to give the player a real feel of the underworld.
But wait! Isn't Tony
Montana dead? Killed in a deadly shootout by Sosa at his mansion? That's
right, however developers Radical Entertainment have given players an
alternate ending where Tony survives and now he must reclaim his empire
and best of all... get revenge on Sosa!
They thought you were dead but Tony Montana don't die so easy. Sosa took
everything you had. Now you've got nothing but that never stopped you
before. You're back with a vengeance ready to reclaim your turf and
rebuild your empire. All you've got are your balls and your word.
Live the turbulent life of the infamous Cuban drug lord who redefined
the American Dream in an original explosive script by famed screenwriter
David McKenna (Blow American History X). Wheel deal and climb your way
back to the top. First you get the money then you get the power then you
Beat down blow away or run over your enemies with Tony's signature style
and flair Bury those cock-a-roaches in Blind Rage Mode Insult intimidate
and impress the way only Tony can Become the kingpin of a thriving
underworld economy Experience the lavish lifestyle of a crime boss Hire
henchmen to do your dirty work The open world of Miami and the Islands
is yours no load times no limits.
Explore vast environments. Players will
travel through the steamy violent streets of Miami and surrounding
islands, smuggling drugs and avoiding rivals and the DEA as they
rebuild their fallen empire.
Mix your own music. Gamers can play
with an immersive soundtrack of music from the film's time period,
or take control by choosing from a play list including hot new
All-Star cast of characters. The game's
roster of voice actors includes original Scarface cast members
Steven Bauer and Robert Loggia (who played Manny Ray and Frank Lopez
respectively), comedians Jay Mohr and Cheech Marin, and actors James
Woods, Miguel Sandoval, Robert Davi, Michael Rappaport and Michael
The gameplay of Scarface is your
traditional arcade/adventure where the player must embark on a variety
of missions such as selling cocaine, purchasing business to increase
your empire and eventually challenge your rivals in become the most
power Cuban drug lord. The game is also set in Miami whi8ch is broken
down into four turfs that include Little Havana, Downtown, South and
North Beach. You’ll begin the game in Little Havana but as an open world
environment, you can travel throughout Miami wherever and whenever you
want. With that said, you may only conduct business in Little Havana
until you’ve purchased all the store fronts within that area.
The game also makes use of a gang heat
meter that increases after you have completed a mission or a rival gang
member. This leads for some adrenaline pumping missions because the
higher your meter goes, the more trouble you'll have with rival gangs
that will endeavor to destroy your empire and to make matters worse, you
also have to deal with the local Miami police. Fortunately you can pay
off the cops to reduce your gang heat meters to make things a little
more easier budding cocaine barons. What does Tony Montana do in his
down time? Well... "say hello to my little friend", Tony also has the
ability to seduce women and entice them to come back to his apartment
from a little downtime.
The game itself is extremely reminiscent of
the Grand Theft Auto series where you must interact with the gaming
environment from buildings to people. There are also a variety of
vehicles that you can purchase and you also have the option of
controlling your henchmen which is insidiously fun on those
assassination missions. When it comes to saving, Scarface is your
traditional console game where you can only save your game inside a bank
but it's also a great time to launder your money there, so it's a win
win situation in little Cuba. Unfortunately the driving engine of
Scarface is a little simplistic at the best of times but needless to
say, it's still a great drive through Miami.
The developers have also done a great job
with the combat engine that gives Tony access to a variety of weaponry
from his legendary chainsaw to more powerful weapons such as rocket
launchers. Gamers also have the ability to target certain parts of their
opponents in gun fights such as their face or for those wanting to exact
a little more revenge, even their enemies testicles. With that said,
Tony also has a "balls meter" that once it fills up, Tony goes into a
blind rage that changes the gameplay from third person to first person.
Graphically, Scarface is a visual treat on
the XBox that contains high resolutions backgrounds and gaming
environments, match that with realistic character models and you have
one good looking title. The only downside to the engine is the limited
draw distance that really only comes into effect when you are driving.
However, just like all good Grand Theft Auto style of games, the player
can virtually do just about anything in the gaming world from stealing
peoples cars to running pedestrians down. I should also add that the
opening movie of the title is brilliant and really draws you into the
Scarface universe. The developers have also made Tony Montana look
identical to Al Pacino and one could be forgiven that they are watching
the 1983 film when playing this title.
The musical score of the game is perfect
and has an amazing soundtrack that features the original music score
plus a variety of tunes from the 1980's. All the sound effects have been
professionally implemented into the title, unfortunately Tony Montana
sounds a little different in the game, mainly being to the fact that Al
Pacino is not in the game. However the other stars that were available
include greats such as James wood and Jay Mohy who really give this
In conclusion, Scarface the World is Yours
is a brilliant romp down memory lane that truly pays homage to the
original movie that features just enough subtle differences to put this
title apart from the Grand Theft Auto series. A great storyline,
stunning graphics and an extremely sturdy gaming engine, there is little
to complain about Scarface. Strictly recommended for adults only!