27 July 2009 | The_Light_Triton
Seen one GTA Rip-off, you seen them all.
but you never saw Scarface: the world is yours.
S:TWIY picks up where the movie left off IF the ending was different (i wouldn't reveal the end of scarface now, wouldn't i?) and tony escapes his mansion, only to have to rebuild his empire from the ground up. along the way, he deals drugs, kills his enemies, breaks up gangs through street shootings, buys fronts, launders dirty cash, does everything the emperor of a criminal empire would do.
First off, the Sounds. They're good. The soundtrack is a mixed bag of classics and songs you've probably never heard of, but they're there anyways. you have the whole scarface soundtrack (featuring songs that didn't make it into the movie) and you have modern metal wonders like Senor Peligro by Ministry. then you have a bunch of reggae that you'll probably never listen to, but it's there.
The graphics...a little bit under par for the PS2, but remember, graphics do not make a game. if graphics made a game, then superman 64 would be a lot better than Super Mario bros...which is not true, cause superman 64 is the worst video game of all time and SMB is near the best.
Finally, the gameplay...the most important element. it pretty much takes everything away from grand theft auto, and adds little things, like manual taunting and the "balls" feature where tony goes nuts after he's killed and taunted a bunch of bad guys. once tony activates his balls, he becomes invincible for a few short seconds and gains health for every kill he performs. the camera goes to a temporary 1st person view and the aiming is manual, but it's easy. all in all, the gameplay is a little better than par.
the only Con i can lay on the game, is that the farther you get into the game, the more frustrating it gets. for example, dealing 100 grams of coke to a coke dealer is easy, and it turns a hefty profit early in the game, but then when you unlock the big suppliers, you'll eventually have to sail between Miami and the islands. when you've made the deal, getting back to Miami takes a lot of patience. initially, you have to avoid pirates hoping to score a quick 10 Keys of coke, and if you manage to avoid them, then once you're within reach of Miami, the DEA will be on patrol. once they see you, it's game over. getting even further in the game, eventually you will have to get past the dealer's enforcer. if you can't, no deal. and if you screw up 3 deals in a row, the dealer and his posse will beat the crap out of you, and the dealer will take a pee on you. fun times.
Bottom line, if you're a scarface fan, buy it cause it will not disappoint. if you're a GTA fan, buy it. if you're more of a simple gamer, i don't recommend it because the game is vastly complicated. fun, but vastly complicated.