Scarface: The World Is Yours

Game review by
Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
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Decent but imitative violent game – not for kids.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The hero is a homicidal drug dealer and the cops are corrupt. Women are treated as sex objects and even collected as a reward for game progress.

Violence

Tons of shooting. Players can also hack and slash enemies with machetes and chainsaws. Blood sprays. Heads and body parts can be chopped off.

Sex

No nudity, but lots of curse-laden sexual talk. The game also shows women engaged in prostitution.

Language

A contender for most cursing in any video game ever. If you can imagine it, it is probably spoken in this game.

Consumerism

Based on a movie of the same name. Includes a licensed soundtrack.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

You play as a cocaine dealer. Characters are shown smoking, drinking, and taking drugs. In-game collectables include drinking and drug paraphernalia.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this violent, profane action game is for adults only. Players control an aspiring drug kingpin, and gameplay involves buying and selling drugs and killing hundreds of people. The graphic violence frequently involves decapitation and other body mutilation. The language includes an incredible amount of swearing and plenty of coarse sexual references. The criminal world depicted in the game includes prostitution, corrupt police, and gambling.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytomarny August 21, 2011

This awesome game

I think that this game is awesome and apropriet for kids ages 9 up.
Parent of a 18+ year old Written bySircjalot September 8, 2018

Good game but like the movie, it is super violent!

Ultra super bloody. You play as Tony as he trying to regain his empire back after loosing it from the Colombian cartel. Tony will do anything to gain it back by... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillonaire July 5, 2013
Teen, 14 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

What's it about?

SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS is essentially a Grand Theft Auto (GTA) clone. Like the series it is so clearly based on, Scarface lets players indulge in heaps of antisocial violence in a large virtual world populated by hookers, hustlers, and homicidal maniacs. In the 1983 film, Tony Montana is shot to death in his mansion, a victim of the violent, druggy world he built. In the game, Tony makes a last-minute escape and loses everything except his life: Players control Tony as he tries to re-build his reputation, defeat rival gangs, and reclaim the turf he needs to begin selling massive amounts of drugs.

Is it any good?

The first few hours are a profane, bloody blast. The game world of Scarface is huge and beautiful. But as the game progresses, players will find themselves doing little else besides driving through ever-longer delivery missions and blasting through larger crowds of enemies. The environments don't provide a lot of incentive to explore.

In some ways, Scarface rises above many videogames based on movies: It looks great, has hours and hours of playtime, and the action is fast and thrilling. But unlike the GTA games, Scarface fails to create a sense of freedom or sly satire. It is a decent third-person action game with some intense shooting and fun driving challenges. However, repetitive play undermines the entertainment value.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lingering appeal of the Tony Montana character and gangsters in popular culture. Why has Scarface held the public's attention for more than 20 years? Is Tony's brand of hyper-aggressive self-actualization admirable or just antisocial? Why is it fun to play as an antihero? Families may also wish to discuss the way games are used to promote movies and vice-versa. If you like a movie, are you more likely to want a game based on the movie?

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