Battle of the GTA clones

Scarface: The World is Yours
VU Games | PS2, Xbox, PC

The setup: Tony Montana survives the destruction of his mansion at the end of Scarface, and then sets about rebuilding his empire by chasing down leads, laundering money, selling drugs, buying rococo crap for his mansion and cutting up punks with a big nasty chainsaw.

The rides: A selection of pimped-out convertibles, sports cars and boats that Tony can buy from a catalog and summon at any time, plus whatever cars he can steal off the street. Oh, and there's a seaplane as well.

The violence: Nasty, bloody and extra-visceral. Tony can carry two guns - shotguns, submachine guns, assault rifles, his "leetle friend," etc. - and one close-up weapon, and the blood sprays like crazy when he turns his arsenal on people (but not innocents - that would be un-druglordlike). The aiming system is excellent, close-up executions and a ton of obscene insults are the norm, and the developers put some extra love into the chainsaw, which can be swung around in gruesome, analog-stick-guided arcs.

Mikel Reparaz
After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.