Everyone always knew Tony Montana was one tough hombre - but strong enough to survive the famous attack on his mansion? Last time we saw the Cuban drug lord, he was knee deep in blow and bullets, and his life appeared to be finito. However, in Scarface: The World Is Yours, our antihero has emerged none the worse for wear. He's as bad-ass as ever: a coke-dealing, woman-chasing, f-bomb-dropping son of a bitch hell-bent on reclaiming what he feels is still his.
Naturally, he’s got plans to get his empire back by any means necessary. Exploiting an arsenal of guns, rockets, and assorted goodies, Tony will gladly mow down scores of enemies to claw his way to the top once again... good thing that the shooting features work superbly. Artistic annihilation increases his Balls meter (yes, you read that right) much faster. When full, it allows for the glorious Blind Rage mode. These cinematic killing sprees feature slo-mo death-dealing that fills up his health bar - and they really help out in a pinch.
His cocaine-fueled blood feud with the gangs of Miami often spills out into the busy streets of the town; while innocents can’t be shot, Mr. Montana has no problem performing grotesquely satisfying, head-dispatching executions of enemies on sunny afternoons in front of dozens of civilians. After awhile, the insanely high body counts blur together in a whirl of bloodletting on an unimaginable scale.
While carjacking about any vehicle in sight is an option, getting around Miami is best when using a Gordon Gekko-style satellite phone to summon minions that immediately show up with one of his stronger, better, faster cars in tow. For a quarter mil, he can even get a stretch limo that’ll whoosh him off to any owned properties - a nifty trick that prevents dozens of unnecessary car wrecks.
Every good coke baron knows real estate is the key to success, so buying up properties all over town to be your drug-dealing store fronts drives cash flow. Some of these missions are ferociously tough, but the payoff is a huge, money-producing distribution ring. Frequent trips to the bank to deposit your ill-gotten gains and save progress are strongly recommended, especially when you’ve got a bunch of dope and greenbacks burning a hole in your pocket.
And while it often may not seem like it, Tony’s not completely alone in his quest; at various points, you’ll need to kill time (and people) as a well-dressed enforcer or super-sexy, Catholic schoolgirl/assassin, since The Boss can’t be everywhere all the time.
Obviously, the game apes Vice City in many ways (which stole from the Scarface film, so fair's fair). The upshot: it looks better - way better. The Xbox version even supports 720p high-definition glory, if you're ramping up for next-gen with an HDTV. But even when played on a PS2 with a standard TV, it's still a fine-looking effort.
So while it doesn't break new ground, Scarface: The World Is Yours is one of the best sandbox crime games for the current generation consoles. It's a slick, well-executed and gritty title that'll keep you busy for over 20 hours. If the movie was an examination of the cost of violence and the emptiness of excess, then the video game is an unapologetic celebration of murder and revenge - and we don’t think Tony would have it any other way.