reviewed on PC
Every day above ground is a good day.
During Tony's journey to reclaim all that which is his, he will be required to call upon certain resources, namely, henchmen. As you grow in power, you get to recruit henchmen who will do your bidding for you. If you want to go out and reclaim a territory that is currently in gang control, head out with a few gunmen at your back and show them who really runs this part of the town. Don't get too carried away though, Tony Montana lives by a code. Innocent bystanders are just that, innocent bystanders. Sometimes things go wrong and people get hurt who are not involved, but not by your hand. The civilians will run for cover trying to stay out of the crossfire with a library of colorful dialog to add to the carnage going on around them.
Tony Montana's temper is well known and plays a big role in combat as well. As Tony rampages his way through rival thugs, his rage will grow. Once the meter if full, stand back and let the fireworks begin! Tony can enter a bloodrage that will render him not only invincible for a short period of time, but also become deadly accurate with his weapons.
Don't toot your own horn honey, you're not that good.
Upon initial viewing of the game graphics, it was clear that the tried and true Grand Theft Auto 3 engine was brought into game and adapted for Scarface. Everything about the playable environment looks like a GTA3 title. In a way, this is unfortunate since with graphic standards advancing in leaps and bounds, the graphics engine leaves Scarface looking a little dated compared to other action games. There are some noticeable improvements, however. The faces of the characters, for one, have been completely redone. They are far from photorealistic, but you can easily identify who the character is supposed to be and see distinguishable facial expressions. The world environment is still rich with texture and color, so despite the blockiest of structures and people, it is still pleasant to view and play in.
I got ears, ya know. I hear things.
The one thing that stands out like a diamond in the rough with this title is the voice acting. The cast of Scarface: The World is Yours is star studded! Many of the original actors returned to offer their voices to their original movie character who has an appearance in game and an impressive list of newcomers. Even though Mr. Pacino was a part of the creation of the title by offering his likeness to bring Tony to life, the voice acting for Tony Montana is actually done by Andre Sogliuzzo, but you can not tell the difference. The voice acting from the entire cast from main characters to extras is truly outstanding.
The ability to reclaim Miami for yourself will make for an extensive play period as it is, but the storyline is just that, a storyline. Though a second play-through can offer the chance to do some things differently, in the end you are still playing the same missions and making your way through the same situations of building your empire from the ground up. Eventually, replaying the same story will become stale, even if it is telling the tale of how Tony Montana returns to greatness.
Nothing exceeds like excess.
Overall, Scarface has lived up to the legacy of its namesake. Besides the questionable choice of the graphics engine, nothing was held back during the development of this title. With outstanding storytelling and amazing star studded voice acting, it delivers exactly what it said it as going to: The chance to revisit one of the Hollywood's greatest bad guys and discover the answer to "What if?"
A Rook's Warning
Some issues must be noted and brought to the attention of our readers. Scarface: The World is Yours is rated 'M' by the ESRB. This rating is not exaggerated and is very fitting to this title. Scarface: The World is Yours contains graphic language, violence, and sexual situations. It can not be stressed enough that this title is not for a minor. The Scarface movie was rated 'R' for the very same reasons and the game follows the movie in every detail. Do not make the mistake that because it is "just a game" it is going to be less graphic than the movie. If you were offended by the movie in anyway, odds are that you are going to be offended by the contents of this game.
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