31 August 2014 | WakenPayne
How do you make a video game sequel to Scarface?
Okay, if you can get over that they changed the ending to the movie, you'll probably enjoy this game. It does have some things going for it but I don't know whether it's because of it's age (although to be fair some of my favourite games are 12 years old) but there is a lot of things in this game that make it just plain boring.
Okay, after the events of the movie, Tony Montana returns in an attempt to regain his empire he had at the end of the movie. The way he does this is through odd-jobs from other people, eliminating other gangs and stealing ammo and weapons that way or if there are any other ways I didn't play the game that far.
Well, it might sound fun, dominating an entire city to your control but it's not. The game-play is pretty much find money, go to the closest bank, work out interest with a mini-game and use that money to buy stuff like a chauffeur, cars and other luxuries that become unlockable over time... OVER and OVER! It's really repetitive. One of the novelties is you can switch characters between Tony and whoever he hires, however they botch this up too. Lets just say you're a henchman and you empty all your guns ammo on this gang hypothetically, then you switch to Tony - he will have no ammunition to his guns... the guns that he's carrying will have no ammo because you as a henchman somehow used the ammunition on the gang from the other side of town. In what way does this make sense? It doesn't.
Then there's one other major problem with choosing characters. The chauffeur, do you think there will be one of Tony's cars anywhere near where you select him? No there isn't. What? You think that because you drive Tony around that you have his cars there with you? Of course not.
But in terms of game-play, you might think - well how's the free-roam? Boring. You run into gangs but you have nowhere near the firepower to kill every single one you pass and if your driver dies you have to hire another one - again. Driving around warrants if you drive stupidly like barely missing cars or driving on the wrong side of the road then you get rewarded with "balls" - It pretty much gets Tony a bezerker mode, however in my experience this only works when the game wants it to work. I remember nearly hitting countless cars for it to even register. Oh and as a side-note - don't bother stealing cars like you'd do in open-world games because unlike something like the Mafia games where you can use them again - here if you leave it or lose track of where it is - say "goodbye".
Okay, so if you want a gangster video game with a free-roam mode, please - play Mafia: City Of Lost Heaven instead. That game was brilliant. This game just feels like a cheap clone of the counterparts which are (even though I have NEVER played Grand Theft Auto) so much better and more fun to play. I'd say if you're curious as to how a sequel of Scarface is feasible then I'd say this might be worth playing for the curious type. Me personally, I want to stick with the good open-world games.