Video Game: Scarface: The World is Yours
Scarface: The World Is Yours
is a Wide Open Sandbox
game based on the movie Scarface (1983)
, developed by Radical Entertainment
and published in 2006 by Vivendi Universal Games.
The game is a pseudo-sequel to the movie, and involves a What If?
scenario where Tony Montana (voiced by André Sogliuzzo) engages in the climactic shootout that ended the 1983 film, except this time
Tony survives and escapes, returning three months later to build his way back up and stop Alejandro Sosa for good.
This game contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptation Expansion: Characters who only got a brief mention and/or appearance in the movie such as Gaspar Gomez, the Diaz Brothers and Nacho Contreras feature more prominently and get a lot more lines. Most of them serve as de facto Mini Bosses standing in Tony's way on the road to Sosa.
- An Interior Designer Is You: Not only can you give your mansion different styles, but you can purchase furniture, souvenirs and other knick-knacks - even Manny and Gina's ash urns - and choose where to place them. Humorously, placing the items is done to a Muzak soundtrack - including a version of "She's On Fire".
- Anti-Hero: Specifically, Tony straddles the line between Nominal Hero and Unscrupulous Hero.
- Affably Evil: Gaspar Gomez.
- Assassin Outclassin': The prologue mission allows the player (as Tony) to turn around and kill the Skull, who shot Tony from behind in the film.
- Asshole Victim: Alejandro Sosa and Nacho Contreras.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Sosa can really take a pounding and enemy gang leaders often pack better heat than their underlings.
- Back Seats are Just for Show
- Tony. Who else? he can kill an army of henchmen, survived the shooting of his mansion, was able to deactivate three bombs on a boat, and deals with Sosa single-handedly.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Tony's Enforcer wears a suit with tie, and Tony can get various tieless suits.
- Beef Gate: You can access all areas after the first few compulsory missions. However, enemy gangs will have a clear firepower advantage.
- BFG: Not only can you use the M16+ M203 from the film, but Tony can also use a SAW (and is able to fire it while running) and a four-barreled missile launcher.
- Bland-Name Product: The cars follow this model, though the guns use their real names.
- Bond One-Liner: To Gaspar Gomez's security chief, after throwing him off the side of a tall building:
Tony: Adios, amigo.
- Book Ends: The World is Yours begins with the invasion of Tony's mansion by Sosa's men at the end of the film, and concludes with Tony invading Sosa's mansion.
- Border Patrol: Spend too long in the water, and Tony will be eaten by a shark!
- Boss in Mook Clothing: Chainsaw users.
- Bottomless Bladder: Averted in that Tony can pee behind a dumpster to regain health.
- Bottomless Magazines: In Blind Rage, as well as in the very first mission.
- Black and Grey Morality: Along with Sosa, there are drug lords who are even worse than Tony. Special mention include Nacho Contreras and the Diaz brothers.
- Bloodier and Gorier: There is much more blood than was shown in the movie, especially when an enemy is running with a chainsaw.
- Bragging Rights Reward: Getting 100% Completion gets Tony's ladies to come along as additional firepower. However, by the time they're unlocked, there is very little real opposition left, making it near-useless.
- Briefcase Full of Money: Some gangsters drop these.
- Bring It: You can hit the Taunt button to make Tony talk, and he'll often drop lines of this nature in combat. Doing this fills up your Balls meter, which allows you to enter Blind Rage... in which Tony shouts phrases of the sort automatically.
- Broken Bridge: Averted and played straight.
- You can access all of Miami as soon as the free-roaming becomes possible... but not the relevant plot missions.
- You cannot access the islands until you get the Float Plane.
- Call Back: A spectacular moment with elements of a Hannibal Lecture and Shut Up, Hannibal! culminates near the end of the game, after Tony has gunned down Sosa's men at his estate and is literally walking into Sosa's living room for the final showdown and highlights the exact moment in the film where the relationship between Tony and Sosa went irrevocably sour:
Sosa: So... how's this going to work Tony? How do we solve our problem?
Tony: You're going to die Alex, for everything you've done in your entire life.
Sosa: (Laughs) What about what you did? I told you not to fuck me, and you did Tony.
Tony: There were kids in the fucking car Alex! Innocent Kids! Huh, what kind of animals you've got working for you?
Tony: Hey, Sosa! Maybe it's time for you to make that crawl huh?
- Canon Foreigner: Quite a few in the game who play major roles in The World is Yours. For example Felix, who is introduced as one of Tony's most loyal distributors back when the world was his and helps him in his quest to regain it all back from Sosa. Later on in the game Tony is contacted by The Sandman, a Caribbean coca grower who's shown to be a major competitor of Sosa and joins forces with Tony in his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- The Cartel: Tony breaks it apart and replaces it with his own organization.
- Chainsaw Good: Chainsaws have one-hit-kill power, which works both ways.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Tony is real hard to kill, and the only explanation given for Blind Rage is sheer Balls.
- Checkpoint Starvation: A few missions have checkpoints, but it seems to be pretty randomly applied. In particular, getting killed at the end of some of the longer business leads and distribution runs will probably leave some players crying.
- Continuity Nod: The game is full of these.
- Tony meets Coco on referral from Felix at the bar by the Grove. Coco remembers seeing Tony there a long time ago with a "tall, good looking Cuban guy", during the scene from the movie where Tony tries to show Manny how to put the moves on a woman.
- When Tony meets the Vice squad outside the entrance to his mansion, he mentions how Mel Bernstein tried something similar before that didn't work out for him.
- When Tony talks to the manager of the Sun Ray Hotel in his bid to acquire it, he mentions how he owes it to the memory of his friend Angel to make the place better. If you've seen the movie, you'll know that this is where Angel had a rather nasty encounter with a chainsaw.
- At the end of the final mission, Tony sees one of Sosa's employees begging for his life. Tony seems ready to kill him, and then asks him if he wants a job. This is similar to what happened with Ernie, Frank's former employee after Tony killed Frank.
- Coup de Grâce: You can get Tony to carry out "Executions" by closing into melee range while having a gun out.
- Death or Glory Attack: Laundering money can be this.
- Decapitated Army: Unless you kill the gang leader, the gang in question will return.
- Dirty Cop: The two Vice cops, who in the Justified Tutorial section below imply that the whole Vice squad is corrupt as well.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Subverted, citizens will eventually come to recognize and respect Tony.
- Eats Babies: When they meet in the final mission, Tony asks Gaspar how many babies he's eaten today.
- Enemy Chatter
- Escort Mission: That VIP in the Babylon Club.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas:
- A continuation from the movie. When Tony finds out his rivals have killed his mother, he sets out to murder those responsible with a chainsaw.
- On a slightly sadder note, one of Tony's death lines is "I love you, mamá..."
- Even Evil Has Standards: Unlike most other videogames of the genre, Tony will outright refuse to shoot an innocent bystander.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: When your car gets shot up enough, it starts on fire. After a few seconds, it will blow up.
- Every Man Has His Price: Bribing gangsters or cops to lower Heat.
- Evil Pays Better: You have to deal drugs if you want to make money in any reasonable amount of time.
- Face-Heel Turn: Schefield.
- Fisticuffs Boss: Gaspar's head of security and some other characters.
- Five-Bad Band
- Fix Fic: Fits the formula; it's a "what-if" style pseudo-sequel to the movie in which Tony survives the final shootout and escapes, comes back to rebuild his empire, and exacts revenge on those who betrayed him.
- Follow the Leader: The World Is Yours features Grand Theft Auto-style sandbox play.
- For Want of a Nail: The premise of the spinoff media: Tony realized Skull was behind him.
- Forced Level Grinding: Building Reputation, money and Balls.
- Foreign Cuss Word: Often, from both Tony and his foes.
- Going Cold Turkey:
- Tony apparently quit his cocaine habit sometime after the game's opening battle:
"Yeyo - that shit make you crazy, man. Never again."
- Groin Attack: Hit locations include "Right Nut". Also the left nut. And the groin as separate region itself.
- Gunship Rescue: For the enemies.
- Hand Cannon: The venerable Desert Eagle.
- Heel-Face Turn: Sort of. Tony's still an unrepentant crook by the end of the game, but no longer qualifies as "evil".
- Hero Stole My Bike: A particularly amusing effect of having a high Reputation is that Tony can stand in front of cars and make the driver give them up willingly.
- 100% Completion: Acquiring everything in the game results in a special congratulatory message and the ability to bring Tony's mistresses on missions as backup.
- Hyperactive Metabolism
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Averted. Montana may carry only three types of weapons (four with upgrade) with limited ammo. Where does he hide the bazooka or assault rifle is another matter.
- I Fought the Law and the Law Won: "You're Fucked!"
- I Have a Family: After Tony finishes slaughtering his way through Sosa's mansion, a random mook appears and begs for mercy using this. Tony offers him a job.
- I Shall Taunt You: You can do so to gain Balls.
- Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: Unlike other games of its ilk, Tony can't even jump, much less climb.
- It's Up to You
- Justified Tutorial
- The actual tutorial sequence is ostensibly an historical glimpse into Tony's Cuban army past.
- And there's also a brief tutorial on Cop Heat when Tony gets back his mansion that's skillfully portrayed as movie-style dialogue completely within the fourth wall that's also a Call Back:
Tony: The Government not paying you clowns enough?
"Crockett": Hey buddy we're Vice, not some loose knit government agency looking for handouts. You know how this is going to work from here on out, don't you?
Tony: Fuck You. Mel Bernstein tried this shit on me once, and it didn't work out so good for him you know.
"Tubbs": Mel? He wasn't a team player, Montana. You did us all a favor.
"Crockett": Look Montana, Miami is our back yard. The people pay us to make sure scumbags like you keep the economy nice and stable. We don't want to get in the way unless you force us to, understand? Our boys in the streets keep tabs on you. You start doing too many things that upset the people, then your Heat goes up. If your Heat gets too high, then we'll be forced to make a house call. So... if you want to keep it cool with us Montana, we suggest you make a donation. (Gets in the van)
Tony: Maybe you two should go home and donate a little something to your wives, you know? (Hands over a stack of $10K) Relax a little.
"Tubbs": (Chuckles as the van starts up and takes off) We're watching you boy.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Subversion.
- Karma Meter: "Cop Heat" and "Gang Heat".
- Karmic Death: Sosa and his henchmen.
- Life Drain: Available in Blind Rage.
- Limit Break: Fill up your Balls Meter, and you can hold a button to enter Blind Rage, in which the game temporarily turns into a FPS with an invincible Tony completely slaughtering the enemies, gaining health with each kill.
- Ludicrous Gibs: If you have a powerful enough weapon (or just a chainsaw), you can brutally dismember legs, arms, and heads, complete with over-the-top sprays of blood.
- Marathon Level: Sosa's mansion. Drug distribution runs also get lengthy after you need to supply fronts in all four key areas.
- Mook Chivalry: The game is schizophrenic about this.
- Facing off against Tony's armored, machine-gun mounted SUV while armed only with chainsaws? Okay, sure. But if the last guy does decide to run for it and steal a car and escape, Tony better get him or there will be reinforcements.
- And yet, when Tony is set upon in the abandoned Freedom Town, the mooks gracefully wait for him to defeat the Machete Man. -Then- it's time for a mass charge. Tony has to hunt down someone with a gun and chop them so he stands a ghost of a chance.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Tony has such a moment after he escapes the mansion shootout and is laying low out in the boonies.
- Mythology Gag: In the movie, Octavo the Clown becomes an unfortunate bystander caught in the crossfire when Tony was ambushed at the Babylon Club. In The World is Yours, Octavo becomes one of the gunmen trying to take Tony out a second time at the Club.
- After acquiring the Oakley Drive-in Theater, Tony tells the manager to have a Bogart week, and start with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. This might be a reference to Paul Monette's novelization of the film, where Tony is mentioned to have watched the same movie while being held at Fort Chaffee.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: In Blind Rage.
- No-Gear Level: Freedomtown Redux starts Tony off with his weapons confiscated, while the start of Sosa's mansion has Tony with almost all of his weapons gone, save the Desert Eagle and rather little ammo.
- Nobody Poops: Averted the same way as Bottomless Bladder, above.
- No Animals Were Harmed: The final words of the instruction manual are "The makers of this interactive experience want to personally apologize to any flamingo that was personally offended or traumatized by Tony's comments referring to flamingos and 'pelicans'."
- Nonstandard Game Over: Believe it or not, you can still let Skull kill you at the start of the game, causing a cutscene which replicated the end of the movie.
- One Bullet Clips: Played straight on foot, subverted in a driveby-capable vehicle.
- One-Man Army: Tony, naturally.
- Player/Personal Mook: The Assassin, Enforcer and Driver. The Assassin is featured in one of Tony's Story Missions (U-Gin Shotgun Bar) but otherwise they are each intended for a specific purpose.
- The Assassin can reduce Tony's Cop Heat by pulling off a hit and getting away in time.
- The Enforcer lowers Tony's Gang Heat similarly.
- The Driver's primary job is to make money through Grand Theft Auto and taking the cars to a designated chopshop.
- Psycho Strings: The creepy tune that played whenever Tony noticed a guy hovering around Gina in the movie now plays when Tony goes into his Limit Break.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The song in the opening credits is a remix of Ministry's "Burning Inside".
- Redemption Equals Life, directly contrasting Redemption Equals Death in the movie, as Tony survives the final fight in the movie with lots of bitter lessons in his head.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
- Shout-Out: The two Vice cops Tony has to bribe to get his mansion back look an awful lot like Crockett and Tubbs, especially the 2006 versions.
- Simultaneous Warning And Action
- Slo-Mo Big Air: Sometimes crops up before large "Air Time Bonus".
- Sociopathic Hero: Tony, more so in the game than in the movie.
- Sorting Algorithm of Weapon Effectiveness
- Story-Driven Invulnerability: When you finally fight Gaspar in the final mission, he can take any number of shots as you chase after him until you finally corner him in a certain room.
- Super Cell Reception: Having one of the very first satellite phones ever, stolen from a rival crimelord, is vital to the plot and many of the gameplay mechanics. It always works, from inside any building to remote island dirt roads. Possibly handwaved in that if you're a millionaire drug kingpin, you can afford the best.
- Super Mode: Blind Rage, need to fill up meter leads to overlap with Limit Break.
- Take Cover
- Talking the Monster to Death: Inverted; you talk to women to recruit them and gain benefits from doing so.
- A Taste of Power: The first mission, being the film-ending shootout, lets you use Tony's trademark M16+ M203.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: If you shoot Sheffield in the final mission a cutscene will show Tony blowing him away. If you put your weapon away and hit him, Tony will break his neck instead.
- Threatening Shark: Swim too far out and you'll get chomped by a huge Great White. They're not completely bad, however: you kill Nacho Contreras by shooting him with a sniper rifle while he's swimming, making him bleed. Take a wild guess what happens next. But taking into account that Nacho liked to dump the bodies of local women after beating them dead to the sharks, he was also indirectly hoisted by his own petard.
- Trash Talk: Tony can taunt his enemies to gain Balls towards powering up his Blind Rage. In addition, each time Tony gains a Reputation Level after the first- by which point he's stolen Gaspar's satellite phone- he'll get a call from Sosa taunting and/or threatening him. Taunting after crashing into another driver (or even being hit while on foot) will also fill up the balls meter.
- Universal Driver's License: In addition to cars, Tony also knows how to drive boats and fly planes.
- Unstoppable Rage: Played straight in the mansion siege, and then transformed into the Limit Break.
- The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Sosa's mansion.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: While you're playing as Tony, he will refuse to shoot any innocents due to his strong (if twisted) moral code. However, once you've bought one of his henchman (Driver, Enforcer and Assassin), there's nothing stopping you from taking control of them and going on a killing spree. Also, the chainsaw lets you cut off specific limbs, so you can either end it quickly with a decapitation or chop off their arms and legs, letting them suffer.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Anti-hero, technically, but whatever.
- Villain Protagonist
- What If?: The whole premise of the game: What if Tony realized Skull was behind him, killed the assassin first and managed to escape?
- Wide Open Sandbox
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: Unlike other games in the genre, you're not allowed to shoot at bystanders. "Accidentally" running over them or catching them in the blast radius of AOE weapons is another thing though. It's also worth noting that the "no bystanders" rule only applies to Tony - switch to his driver, assassin or enforcer, and they're fair game.