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This review is from: Scarface: The World is Yours (PS2) (Video Game)
The first thing you notice about this game are the graphics. It makes the GTA games on PS2 look like PS1 games. Of course there are similarities between this and the GTA games but there are many gameplay innovations which actually surpass Rockstar's efforts.
Pressing L2 enables Tony to access the menu on his satellite phone. From here Tony can access missions, call a car or a boat and reduce the heat he gets from gangs or the cops. There are eight different reputation levels and each one enables Tony to further his missions, access new weapons and purchase new exotics from the exotics catalogue. Once the rage meter is full Tony can enter blind rage mode. The game switches to first-person mode and Tony is invincible until the rage meter goes down. Five Henchmen can be purchased and some have their own missions. The Arms Dealer will supply weapons to the locker of any car in Tony's garage. The Assassin and Enforcer are excellent for taking out problem gangs. Any money that Tony makes must be laundered at the nearest Bank. This is also where the game is saved. When he is not busy, Tony can walk up to almost any passer-by and enter into a converstion.
Weapons range from pistols to the missile launcher. The AK-47 can be upgraded with a shotgun attachment. The Carbine Assault Rifle can be upgraded with a grenade launcher. There are many cars and boats for Tony to purchase as his reputation increases. The Bacinari is a Lamborghini in all but name. The Fellini is a Ferrari in all but name. The Ariel is a single-seater sports car with the very best overall performance - ideal for the many races on the islands. Tony also has access to Armoured Cars, Trucks and even a Bulldozer. There are no aircraft to fly in this game.
For me the best part of the game are the distribution missions. After buying drugs from a large supplier, Tony needs to drive to each of his fronts to make pick-ups and then finish at a Bank. The problem is Tony is pursued all over the island by rival gangs in cars and his fronts are most likely to be attacked at this time. Tony must eliminate all the attacking gang members and repair his damaged fronts.
When I first started playing this game I thought it was tedious but after getting used to the controls and gaemplay it became highly enjoyable. It would not surprise me if Rockstar "borrow" some of the ideas in the game. Recommended? Yes.