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Post by MilkyFresh on Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:46 am

I spent the last few days at a friend's house playing the Monkey Island 2 Special Edition and having a blast, we laughed a lot and decided to track down some more games by Mr Schafer. Wandered around town looking for a copy of Psychonauts with no luck, but then I found something very interesting sitting on the shelf.

It all came back to me in a flash. The best GTA clone I have ever had the good furtune to play, a game that changed the ending of a classic film but somehow failed to piss me off. Pacino doesn't even voice Montana in the game, some other chump does. Good impression or not (it is) everything about this game is a massive insult to the film. But it does it so well. If they had have made a second Scarface they couldn't possibly have done it better than TWIY. All the dialogue seems so right, and it really makes you feel like you're in the movie.
The game starts with the iconic mansion battle from the end of Scarface, with you taking control of Tony just before he is killed. Then you kill a couple of hundred goons (with a bit of help from your face-eating tiger) before escaping, your empire in ruins. Then it's basically the plot of every Grand Theft Auto game. You work your way up from the bottom, rebuilding your fortune and leaving ~5000 corpses in your wake. But TWIY differs from GTA on a few very important points. Primarily: It's violent as shit.

It uses the same aiming system that GTA IV would go on to employ, the one where you can lock on to enemies and then fine tune your shot for more efficient killing. Only that's not the idea with Scarface. You are awarded extra points for hitting certain points in the body, such as "left leg" "left kidney" "left nut" and "groin". The more horrible the murder, the more points you get. Another way to get some extra points is to taunt an enemy immediately after shooting them, causing Tony's voice actor Andre Sogliuzzo to unleash stinging barbs such as "fucking fuck" and "you stupid fuck". In fact, you don't even need to be in combat to do that. Pressing circle (PS2) at any time in the game causes Tony to shout random torrents of abuse at whoever is unfortunate to be standing next to him, making it even funnier when he occasionally interrupts his screaming match to mutter softly "I love you Elvie, and I'm going to find you". Oh my. And those points I mentioned? They come in the form of "balls". You fill up your balls meter in order to activate "blind rage" mode, causing the game to switch to first person and render you indestructable for a short period of time, gaining health for every person killed. Alternatively, you could just sell your balls to the local sperm bank for a small profit.



The combat feels brilliantly smooth, and cutting the legs off crack fiends with a chainsaw is incredibly fun. There's a nice variety of cars to buy and guns to utilise, and even pimping your mansion out is fun. I just filled it with cardboard boxes, milk crates and bongs. And while Tony himself refuses to kill civilians ("fuck no, I'm better than that man") you can switch to one of his three right-hand-goons at any time and create havoc to release a bit of stress. The game isn't without it's flaws though.
It's hard. Punishingly hard. Fucking ball-crushingly head-smashingly constipation-inducingly hard. It didn't take me long to realise why I never finished it when I was 11, the third mission in the game is easily harder than the last in any Grand Theft Auto. Easily. And in the last third of the game the amount of money you are expected to accumulate in order to progress is insane, especially considering how fucking hard it is just to survive the random gang retaliations you'll have to endure. But then again, I'm basing that on how hard it was when I was 11.
I didn't get very far in the game at my friend's house. It was too hard.
All in all it's probably my favourite sandbox game for the PS2, and there's a whole shitload of fun and hilarious things that I failed to mention. Just pick it up, it should be about 10 dollars now, but there's no shame in giving up with this one. While it's not the hardest game I've ever played it's up there, and being this fucking difficult simply isn't becoming in a GTA clone. I can't be fucked.
I'd prefer to just stroll down the street and mash the circle button.


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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by reg42 on Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:59 am

I really wish my PS2 wasn't busted right now

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by MilkyFresh on Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:00 am

Me too man, me too.

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by Katzenjammer on Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:35 am

I REMEMBER THAT FUCKING GAME

It was excellent.

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by Xandy on Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:43 am

Ah, I used to have this game. It was always fun to massacre drug dealers and steal their coke/money.

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by Furburt on Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:22 am

I remember having to choose between this and The Godfather and choosing the Godfather.

I was never sure which one was right though, and I only got sold on the Godfather when it let me throw a baker into her oven.

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by MilkyFresh on Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:04 pm

Oh boy, you made the wrong choice... Least in my opinion.

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by Furburt on Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:11 pm

BAKER IN THE OVEN SHOTGUN TO THE BALLS

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by MilkyFresh on Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:15 pm

SHOTGUN TO THE INDIVIDUAL BALLS

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by MilkyFresh on Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:15 pm

YOU GET EATEN BY A GIANT SHARK IF YOU SWIM TOO LONG

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by Xandy on Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:39 pm

YOU CAN BUY A DELOREAN

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by MilkyFresh on Sun May 08, 2011 3:49 pm

Xandus is telling the truth.

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by Unabletothinkofname on Sun May 08, 2011 4:58 pm

:O

Me and Fabian have great memories of the Godfather, we cleared it in one weekend at my house in...2005, I think.

But I definitely want to play this, too, now.

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by MilkyFresh on Mon May 09, 2011 8:59 am

Maybe I should get the Godfather...

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by Furburt on Mon May 09, 2011 11:56 am

MAYBE YOU SHOULD

Don't get the second one though. The videos make it look cooler than the first, but it's a pile of shite.

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Re: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Post by MilkyFresh on Mon May 09, 2011 12:05 pm

Okey doke, I'll bear that in mind.

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Post by Furburt on Mon May 09, 2011 12:17 pm

BACKBONE! BACKBONE!

Sing a song about fornicate!

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Post by MilkyFresh on Mon May 09, 2011 12:20 pm

Hahaha, Rich Man's Eight Track and Songs About Fucking finally came in the post. Incredible dude. I picked up At Action Park a little while ago, that's fucking brilliant too.

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