on 14 December 2006
This game truly is the mutt's nuts. I am a big fan of GTA, thought San Andreas set the standard for free-roaming violence and would not be beaten until the next instalment. How wrong I was. I have only completed 34% of this game so far, but wow. It has been fantastic. The whole premise is far more realistic from the start. You cannot draw weapons on the streets without attracting heat from the cops, if you wipe out gangs, you get much more heat from those remaining, making drug deals more difficult; similarly victims die in a far more convincing fashion and stay dead, so you can rob them of their weapons/ money much later, instead of the bodies vanishing after 15 seconds. And if you take a henchman on a shooting mission, he will waste many gang-members ( whereas in GTA, if a mouse farts in a field 2 miles away, your gang of 5 brothers is reduced to just you). The general flow of the game via the mobile phone, gives the feeling of being in complete control of how you build your empire. The cars handle ok, the interaction between characters realistic, the graphics good, and I am generally having a real blast. Time, where did you go? There are lots of nice touches - the taunting is a hoot, the sky-high markers make rendez-vous' and checkpoints much easier to get to, the gangs are tough and hilariously-voiced. In fact, all the voices are great. What more could you want? Most of the missions I have completed so far have not been restricted by stupid time limits, so you truly have the ability to decide where, when and how you want to strike. And if you get complacent about any of the crimes you are committing, you WILL fail; so it may appear easy when you set off, but often proves often anything but.
On the flipside, some of the missions and `side' missions can be quite tricky, especially first time out - sometimes you wonder how you will ever complete it/ them; and you are often pitched from one mission directly into the next, without a chance to save, so be prepared. I also understand that the missions get considerably more difficult after I finish this phase (Miami), so I hope I am not back here in 2 weeks moaning about impossible gameplay. We shall see.
on 28 October 2006
Have been playing this for the last 2 weeks, just completed it and reckon this game definately needs to be acknowledged. Even though I'm already a big Scarface movie fan, this game definately gives GTA a run for its money. GTA games for me are becoming too boring, jus the same old stuff, but Scarface breathes a breath of fresh air into the genre. The handling of vehicles is spot on, the selection of music is awesome, missions varied, weaponary diverse and the targeting system far more superior than GTA and the voice actor sounds more like Pacino than Pacino himself. The difficulty level is also very well set. Def recommended. Buy this and go shoot up some fockin cockroaches now you hassa!
on 18 April 2007
Well for thse of you who have played GTA particularly Vice city, this game is very similar with the business aspect and you get you own personal stash of stuff (guns, cars , boats and henchman)which you have access to at pretty much any point in the game. You may think that would make it very easy but its not, admittedly it can get frustrating when you just can't quite get past something but usually it passes. As for the life span of this game like GTA it is nearly endless, you have turf to take over, business to buy, expensive collectables to buy for mansion and women to collect by getting balls. I know there is alot of stigma attached to movie to film conversions but this one is gold. If you are even in slight doubt about this game just buy it you will not be disappointed.
on 26 October 2006
A good game. I have given it 5/5 because it is way better than the "grand theft auto" series, the graphics are great, and the game is alot like real life - you can by stuff like cars, henchmen, etc. It is a great game when you know how to play it, it is quite a hard game to get the hang of but when you do get the hang of it you will enjoy it. Its one of those games where you have one profile and have to save your progress at certain places, you can't go back to previous missions because it doesn't show the previous missions, only what part of the game you saved at last.
on 12 December 2006
Scarface I will have to say gave me months of game play this game is fantastic this is no rip off from GTA the graphics for this are better the missions is this are better and plus you are playing a well known character unlike the numerous amount of GTA characters don't get me wrong GTA is a long lasting game but Scarface came and showed them who was boss. The amount of things you can do in this game race,dance,gamble,make money, sell coke, numerous amount of cars, various vehicles,helicopter,boats,guards,mansion build up,repertation,tiger and LOADS! More. This game is I think a MUST for all ps2 gamers as you are playing as TONY MONTANA! If you have seen the movie he dies in the end :) but in this game he does not die so it is basically going on the story what if Tony Montana did not die what happened to his mansion superb!. And also the voice u can't tell from the real or the fake AT ALL. This is a MUST for all gamers believe me you will want to buy this and you will thank me. :)
on 21 October 2006
Tragically, I've never seen the Scarface movie. Now, before you dismiss this review because you yourself are an avid fan of the flick, and you can't bring yourself to trust my opinion, give me a chance.
The likenesses with GTA in this game are obvious (although anything these days that is free roam is automatically labelled as a "GTA copier/beater/underling). Essentially, you are free to cruise the streets of Miami, and whilst the map is no where near as vast as GTA: SA, it's big enough. People who simply draw the comparisons between the two games, and decide that GTA is better have clearly either not played the game fully, or are just plain refusing to see the truth. Scarface may not have the size of GTA's map, but it makes up for it with a brilliant drugs distribution network.
Very basically, you complete missions to unlock a supplier, these can range from small suppliers, to massive ones (which we'll get to later). Early on, you'll just be getting small suppliers that will give you a small amount of coke. However, you simply cannot just "click X to buy coke!". Instead, it involves a mini-game. You have to hold down circle up to a point on a meter. If you hit the end, you get the best deal. If you hit the middle, it'll on be average. And if you go over the top and go past the end of the meter, you'll have a little trouble on your hands, as your supplier won't be best pleased that you aren't paying. This coke can now be sold for money, either by using street dealers (selling coke uses the same mini game as the suppliers), or by providing your purchased fronts with the white stuff.
So we move onto the fronts; the drug area of the game is most likely the most fun, and it also makes most of your cash, but in order to progress in the game, you need to take over Miami, and to do this, you need fronts. At the beginning of the game, after the movie's story is rewritten, and you survive the mansion attack, you have nothing. Therefore, you need to start making money and buying up fronts to expand your business. There are a set number of fronts in each area of Miami (four areas in total), and you have to buy each one before you can progress onto the next area. Once you have all the fronts, you will need to "acquire" the storehouse. From this storehouse, using the large suppliers you will unlock, you can distribute "keys" (very large amounts of cocaine), to your fronts.
Story missions kick in when you achieve necessary "Reputation" points. These missions can be fun, but there is also a HUGE difficulty curve once you conquer the first area of Miami. I haven't played the whole game yet, but when you get onto some of the missions around that point, they can be incredibly hard. With few checkpoints, and tough enemies, without the right guns and the necessary skill, you'll be dead before you know it.
To make things easier, as your reputation as a druglord increases, you'll unlock new weapons and "exotics". These exotics range from new cars, boats and henchmen, to new styles for your mansion, investments, and furniture to pimp your home. Undoubtedly, some of the coolest exotics are the henchmen. You can purchase a Driver, Boat Pilot, Enforcer, Assassin, and Weapons Dealer. I won't spoil all the things that these guys do, but you can probably guess. If you are a fan of the movies, you'll love being able to call up your driver after a couple of drinks at the Babylon club, and have your sexy sleek sports car pull up in front of you.
I don't know about the PC version, but the PS2's graphics are just fine. They surpass GTA's blocky hands and etc, and the Miami's buildings and exteriors look good. Interiors (such as your fronts, which incidently you don't need loading times to get into), look just good too. So the graphics are nothing to be awed at, but nor are they generations behind as someone suggested before.
So the negatives are simply the steep difficulty curve, and sometimes the cars handling, which can feel heavy and make cornering with power slides tough. However the positives run far too long for me to list, and I wouldn't want to spoil half of them for you. Great game, and with it's huge drug dealing lifespan, great gameplay, and music not only from modern era's, but also the origian Scarface OST, whether or not you have seen or are a fan of the movie, this is a great purchase.
Graphics - 7. Good, but not superb
Gameplay - 9. Great drug dealing, amongst other things.
Sound - 9. Brilliant music. Scarface OST included.
Lifespan - 9. What did you do when GTA got boring? Shoot gangsters? Why not distribute drugs instead?