Scarface: The World is Yours is a video game developed by Radical Entertainment and published by Vivendi Universal Games. The game is based on the 1983 motion picture Scarface film starring Al Pacino reprising his role as Tony Montana, with André Sogliuzzo providing Montana's voice. It was released on the PC, Playstation 2 and Xbox on October 8, 2006, and on the Wii on June 12, 2007. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game were unofficially cancelled.
The game begins with the movie's final scene in 1983; The Bolivian Cartel raiding Tony's Mansion. Instead of dying, Tony kills the assassin that killed him in the movie, the Skull. Tony then fights his way through his mansion, where several of his henchmen are gunned down and explosions rock around the mansion made by Antonio. Tony then fights his way through the underground to his pool to escape to his awaiting car, the Ambassador, but the exit is blown up by a bazooka. Tony fights his way around the mansion, witnessing his tiger eat Jose, and is almost killed but the police and S.W.A.T who arrive and wipe out the remaining assassins. Tony escapes, barely alive, and a surviving assassin informs Sosa that Tony's empire is destroyed over a phone call.
- The game features a Balls Meter that can be activated by shooting certain spots on the enemy's body (example: head, right shoulder, groin), after Tony kills somebody he can taunt them to increase his balls meter. This balls meter, when full, will allow you to go into Blind Rage mode, where the game temporarily shifts to a "first-person shooter" perspective. While in this mode, Tony is impervious to attack, has unlimited ammo, and every kill gives him 200 health, and the player might even wanna kill his own henchmen to add the extra meaning in "blind rage". Not only can he use any type of gun but also use melee weapons, grenade launcher, or bazooka. In addition, the balls meter can also be refilled through other means, such as hitting another car while driving and immediately taunting them, or talking in conversations with citizens and NPCs. Also, there are hidden "Sperm Banks" in the game, these look just like the "blood banks"(which are used to refill health) however, the player can sell his sperm from his balls meter for cash, the amount of cash the player receives depends on Reputation Level.
- Unlike the GTA games, it is not possible to kill innocent civilians as Tony (despite this game being even more violent than GTA when it comes to battles). In the attempt of shooting an innocent person Tony will utter words such as "I only kill people who are dumb enough to fuck me", and no rounds will be fired. In the event of running a civilian down with a car, the civilian will just get back up unharmed, or might start running away. It is however still possible to kill the police. If you play as the Chauffeur, Enforcer, or the Assassin it is possible to kill civilians, since they are not in honored bound to "...not fuck anyone who didn't already have it coming to 'em". This can lead to a bit of frustration in a gunfight, as civilians may get in Tony's way and the enemy gang members aren't subject to that rule.
- It was originally developed exclusively for the Playstation 2 but ended up being ported for the Xbox, PC, and Wii.
- The game features the voices of several cast members from Scarface (1983 film), and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas such as Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, Al Israel and Mike Torreno.
- It features a very realistic environment of Miami which includes: Little Havana, Downtown, North Beach, and South Beach.
- It also features several different locations from the movie including Lopez Motors (which has been taken over by the Diaz Brothers and renamed Diaz Motors), the Babylon Club, the Sun Ray Hotel, Freedomtown, Coconut Grove, and Tony's Mansion.
- It also features fictional locations, called "Fronts" that can be purchased to facilitate drug distribution. Some of these fronts are loosely based on real world locations or named after people. For example, the Oakley Drive-In Theater is named after a now closed theatre in Ohio of the same name, U-Gin Shotgun Bar is named and made after Yu-Jin Kim, an Asian artist in British Columbia, etc.
- The game also features a number of Islands loosely based on the smuggling trade in the Bahamas, Caymans, & Puerto Rico islands during the 1980s. There is also an UFO located in the middle of the sea.
- The deceased Manny and Gina remains are among the furniture that can be placed in Tony's Mansion. The mansion can also be customized with three distinct themes: the original one from the movie, a modern-looking one with a shark tank, and a Gothic castle-looking one.
- This game (much like in Grand Theft Auto series) features fictional Vehicles resembling real cars, such as the Lakota Fastback which is based on the Ford Mustang, the QM Convertible which resembles Tony's Cadillac with leopard skin seat covers from the movie, and Tony's Porsche 928.
- A small island in the game has characters that resemble the cast of the sitcom Gilligan's Island. These characters are the following: Carla, Frederick, Jonas, Kitty, Brenda, etc.
- While swimming, if Tony stays in the water too long while covered in blood, he will start to attract a shark, and the shark will eat Tony.
Scarface: The World is Yours has customization abilities and this can be done in various ways: changing outfits, buying vehicles, customizing the Mansion through themes and also replacing the mansion with Exotics, furniture and other rare items. By buying these exotics, the player can increase their Reputation points substantially.
Development & history
According to Game Informer and Vivendi Universal, Scarface: The World Is Yours sold over 2 million copies in North America, Europe, and Australia. The commercial for the game featured the Mötley Crüe song "Kickstart My Heart", although the song was not in the game. However, the band's drummer, Tommy Lee, played the role of the manager of Fidel's Records and Tapes, Dean.
- There is a particular graphical glitch that happens in game, it renders the game unplayable. It happens with modern versions of Windows, like Windows 7, Windows 8 (8.1) and Windows 10. Check Glitches page for a way to fix the game.
The game has received largely favorable reviews. At the time of writing, only eight of the twenty-nine reviews cited by Metacritic for the Xbox version of the game have given the game a score lower than 75%, with most reviews lying in the 80–90% range (IGN gave it a review of 8.7/10, making it an Editor's Choice game, and Game Informer awarded it 85%). However, a small number of reviews have been less favorable, with GameSpot only giving it 6.6 out of 10 and the G4 TV show X-Play giving it a 3 out of 5, and OXM giving it only 4.5/10. The PS2 reviews have been very similar to those of the Xbox, with the 80-90% range dominating but several notable sources voicing dissent. The PC version had been released with several bugs, especially in controls and map loading systems, thus giving the game mixed reviews, but with a similarly respectable average score of around 72-75% in Metacritic and GameRankings. Gamespot gave the Wii version 5.8 for what they thought was a "poor control method", while IGN gave it an 8.5, praising the new controls and saying that it was "the best version of the game available", scored slightly lower only due to its late release and nature as a last-gen port.
The game has sold over 2.5 million copies since launched.
An official strategy guide released by Prima Games provides useful tips, hints, notes, and other helpful advice for the players. The strategy guide also reveals the status of every vehicle, names & pictures of the characters encountered, and other information.
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- Scarface: Money, Power, Respect
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