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Scarface: The World is Yours accomplished the impossible by making a respectful adaptation of the immortal film. It feels good to play the Cuban gangster Tony Montana, reclaiming the underworld and building a new empire. Scarface: The World is Yours innovates the genre bringing the gritty Scarface world to gamers. It's over the top, pumped full of action, and Tony isn't shy about dropping a few F*** bombs. If there is one game to own on the current gen machines before the next waves overtakes us, it's Scarface: The World is Yours.
Games based on licensed properties, especially films, have had a long and bad rap, though for a while it was for good reason. Not too many years ago it was extremely rare that you find a licensed game even bordering on being decent, though over the past few years we've seen a surprising number of great and even excellent movie-based games. With Scarface: The World is Yours, Sierra and Radical Entertainment have not only furthered the "new" expectation of licensed titles but have created one of the best so far.
There's a lot to praise, but despite being fun and interesting, the game isn't perfect. Gamers who are getting used to the next-generation of console visuals aren't going to be impressed with either the PS2 or the Xbox version of the game, although options like widescreen and progressive scan are supported on both. Past superficial faults, there are bound to be a few duller moments in the game where you need to work hard banking drug money or pumping your reputation to move on to something more interesting. Controlling your henchmen for side-missions isn't very interesting or enjoyable. The game's outrageous tone does dull a bit as you move on, and the action and dialogue eventually start to repeat themselves. Still, Scarface is a long-lasting experience that's simply a lot of fun. Part guilty pleasure, part blazingly successful experiment in game design, Scarface: The World is Yours is definitely worth a shot.
That said, Scarface is saved by satisfying shooting mechanics and a sense of taking one of the truly great film characters under your wing. Watching the empire grow, local gangs cowering in fear and owning businesses is enough to carry this title to success. The World is Yours ends up being nothing more than Miami, but there's plenty to do and most importantly, it's entertaining even with the quirks.
But as many good words as we have to say about Scarface, it is still only ever a fun, solid competent Grand Theft Also-ran and never a classic. The main story missions carry the game throughout (with the odd exception), the driving feels just the right side of exaggerated but the incessant repetition of many of the business missions feels like yet another argument for why unnecessary padding in openworld games doesn't always make for a more compelling experience - especially when (as is the case here) they're mandatory in order to even make basic progress. Also the absence of any multiplayer component feels a bit backward in this day and age. Scarface is certainly several notches above the derivative insult we expected it would be, and those who can bear to wait another year for the next GTA will be well served by its faithfulness to the popular formula. Groundbreaking it isn't, but fun it is. A seven, then.
Overall, Scarface: The World Is Yours is more a victim of some poor design choices than any glaring technical issues. The developers accomplished the task of bringing Tony Montana back to life. But by taking the focus off of the gameplay elements that you'd want in an open-city game and putting it more on the game's bland mission design and all the dull side tasks you'll have to do to earn a reputation, Scarface doesn't play to its potential strengths. The end result is a functional game that presents an interesting premise, but underneath you'll find a wholly uninteresting game.
On s'attendait tellement à une adaptation indigne de ce nom que Scarface parvient à nous surprendre. Sans prétendre au titre de meilleur GTA-like, le jeu de Radical Entertainment respecte à la lettre les codes du genre en offrant une vaste surface de jeu où vous pourrez laisser votre perversité s'exprimer. Sans atteindre la puissance évocatrice du long-métrage, ne pouvant éviter quelques écueils légitimes (faible qualité graphique, mini-jeu récurrent mal qualibré...), cette incursion dans le monde de Tony Montana a tout de même le mérite de nous confronter une nouvelle fois à une ville tombée sous la coupe du Mal. Reste à savoir si vous souhaiterez l'éradiquer ou en faire partie.