Scarface: The World is Yours Wii
Published by: Sierra
Developed by: Radical Entertainment
Release Date: Out Now
If you've seen the Scarface movie that was released back in the early 1980s you'll know that the main character, Tony Montana, was actually killed at the end of the film. Scarface: The World is Yours rewinds the action and rewrites it to provide an alternate scenario. In The World is Yours, with your help, Montana will escape and live to fight for revenge. It's certainly a novel approach for the use of a movie licence and in a way it's quite refreshing. The quest for revenge provides a solid reason for the developers to give gamers a Grand Theft Auto III like experience and also allows fans of the movie to indulge themselves in a 'what if' scenario.
Montana begins his quest for revenge on the bottom rung of the ladder. He'll have to rebuild his drug empire from scratch and take retribution on those who were responsible for his downfall (in other words you have to kill them). Essentially he'll have to regain control of Miami's four main turfs: Little Havana, Downtown, South Beach and North Beach. There's a lot of Grand Theft Auto style action here with missions to complete and completing these will move the game's storyline forward. Of course the game allows you to do your own thing too and you can explore Miami at your leisure. The missions are a mixture of being appropriate and inappropriate to the storyline but on the whole they are fairly enjoyable. You'll have to complete missions in order to buy businesses (that allow you to peddle drugs) but tasks such as increasing your reputation and earning money can be done in a variety of ways which is good as you'll need to have plenty of both to progress in the game.
The game offers four different levels of sensitivity to select from ranging from one that provides a slow turning speed to one that provides a fast turning speed. The Wii remote is used for both camera control and for aiming with the nunchuk analogue stick being used to move Montana and to steer the vehicles he'll drive. It's easy to aim with the Wii remote although it's a little too easy to rotate your view should the cross hair go toward the edge of the screen. Thankfully you can lock-on to your targets using the Z button and using this lock-on feature makes aiming a much simpler task. To be completely honest the controls do feel strange at first but after an hour or so they do begin to feel quite comfortable. I suppose the one drawback is that you constantly need to point the Wii remote at the screen which will tire your arm more quickly than a conventional control scheme but it's not really a major problem. Trying to drive and shoot at the same time can feel very fiddly though, which is unfortunate. It's also unfortunate that no support for the classic or GameCube controller has been included to provide a more traditional control option for those that wanted it.
For the most part, there's nothing in Scarface: The World is Yours that you won't have seen before. As we've already mentioned, there's a strong Grand Theft Auto feel to the game but you'll also notice a bullet-time style ability known as Blind Rage. Montana has a Balls Meter that can be filled by skilful shooting or successful taunts. Once this meter has been filled you can shake your nunchuk to enter Blind Rage mode where the action slows right down and Montana will become temporarily invincible allowing him to take out many enemies which in normal circumstances would simply be impossible. The Blind Rage ability is actually very useful, although you'll want to keep it for those moments when you're really up against it.
Most of the Wii games we've reviewed so far have tended to be disappointing in terms of their graphical quality. Scarface: The World is Yours can only be classified as a slight disappointment however. In terms of graphical quality the game is about what you would expect from an Xbox title. The game doesn't appear to take advantage of the extra graphical power that the Wii has. Whilst this is disappointing it has to be said that there are no real performance issues here. The load times are quite speedy and the frame rate holds quite nicely during moments of intense action.
Support for deaf gamers is a bit of a mixed bag. When you first load the game you'll go straight into the combat tutorial. The tutorial is subtitled and you'll have no problem in completing it. You're then shown a few sequences from the movie that aren't subtitled. If you pop into the options menu you can enable subtitles (called captions here) and this will allow you to follow the game's storyline. All mission objectives you are given are shown in text and can be recalled at any time. The dialogue in the game doesn't have any character portraits or names placed alongside the text and occasionally you'll have difficulty understanding who is saying what. During a battle Montana can taunt his enemies by shaking the nunchuk. These taunts aren't subtitled. We should also mention that the game is choc-full of profanity (at times overly so) and the bulk of this profanity isn't subtitled.
Scarface: The World is Yours is certainly a game you should consider if you're a fan of the Grand Theft Auto games and are looking for a game in a similar vein to play on your Nintendo Wii. For the most part the game is enjoyable. The control system does take some getting used to and it's a shame support for the classic or GameCube controller hadn't been included to cater for those who just can't get to grips with the controls. In fact the controls are going to make or break this game for many. Those who spend time to get used to the control system will enjoy the game for the fairly enjoyable experience that it is. The rest will simply find the controls too awkward and conclude that what we have here is a game that wasn't designed for the Wii and doesn't take advantage of its unique controls.
Scarface: The World is Yours provides Wii gamers with a solid GTA-like experience. The controls do take some getting used to however.