Scarface: The World Is Yours

Scarface: The World Is Yours
Game: Scarface: The World Is Yours
Platform: Xbox
Studio: Vivendi
Rating: 9/10

GAME DESCRIPTION: Scarface: The World Is Yours takes you into a complicated world of excess and greed. You’ll become Tony Montana, one of the most ruthless gangsters ever depicted on film. The original screenwriter has created an all-new storyline that authentically recreates the historical time period of the film, and gives you the chance to live out the events of the film — or change them and create a new life story for the famous gangster.

PLAY: Scarface takes liberally from Grand Theft Auto. As with The Godfather, Scarface does a good job of fixing some of the issues in Grand Theft Auto. The biggest problem has been shooting guns in GTA and Scarface gets it right.

Scarface doesn’t do everything that GTA does—the biggest differences being the theme. You play as the cinematic icon Tony Montana. Montana has one goal—being the King of Miami. There are plot lines that seem to deviate from the theme—but it all figures in the equation. Montana seeks power, especially after the siege at his mansion. You might find yourself lost if you haven’t seen the movie; the entire game is based upon everything that happened in the movie, Scarface.

One nice feature of Scarface is the ability to fight in first person mode. Not a lot of games have thought to incorporate this with the free flowing Grand Theft Auto style. The makers of Scarface also made life easier by adding an auto lock. Even when walking the street you can lock onto enemies—it definitely makes the game much easier. You aren’t rewarded nearly as much for autolock.

The ability to sell drugs, manage a crew of thugs, and buy property makes Scarface more than a shooter. It adds a rich element and makes the game come alive. It makes you even hungrier as a gamer to attempt to take over the city. You also have to deal with police. An interesting system tells you how easy the police can track you in a certain area.
GRAPHICS: The city looks great and captures a lot of nuisances from the movie. Tony looks like Al Pacino and the animation is spot on.

SOUND: The voiceover work is brilliant. It’s not Al Pacino and it doesn’t really matter. Video game Tony sounds a lot like movie Tony. The soundtrack is brilliant and stays true to the movie. The sound effects are cinematic.

FRANKLY: Scarface: The World Is Yours is better than The Godfather. It’s based on a similar set up and yet Scarface takes a lot of the elements of GTA to another level. Scarface doesn’t rely on a set script from a movie and that’s a major plus because the ending is up to you.

+ Richie Wright

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