We wouldn't usually recommend this, but when you're finished with this issue of ONM - just this once - cut these two pages out, fold them up and keep them in your pocket. Then, whenever anyone argues in the future that Nintendo games are for kids, proudly plunge your hand into said pocket and pull out this review.
Forget your Grand Theft Autos, forget your Godfathers, even forget your Manhunts - when all's said and done, Scarface is one of the most adult games we've ever played, and for it to appear on a Nintendo console is a real turning point.
For a game based on a film which contains 207 occurrences of the F-word, it should come as no surprise to find that almost every line of dialogue in the game contains an f-bomb or two. This being a magazine for all ages we can't go into too much detail, but let's just say when it comes to the colourful language, references to family members and animals are thrown into the mix with startling regularity.
Swear It Again
As controversial as it is to say that this makes the game more fun, the harsh reality is
that it does. The movie is notorious for its language and violence, so had Montana been walking about saying "Damn you" or "I'll blow you all to heck" then the game wouldn't be making proper use of the licence. The fact his mouth's dirtier than a mud-wrestling tramp adds so much to the immersion - you are the arrogant, aggressive character Al Pacino portrays. The fact is that without the excessive language Scarface would feel hollow.
Montana (voiced not by Pacino, but by an impressive soundalike) aside, the rest of the voice acting is similarly fantastic. With a cast of over 50 professional actors and celebrities including the likes of James Woods, Ice T, Tommy Lee, Ricky Gervais and Bam Margera, never do you suddenly think "that's terrible acting". Add to that more than 120 licensed music tracks and you've got one hell of a well-presented game.
Please Sir, I Want Some Gore
The Remote helps improve the game's controls considerably, especially when you're trying to raise your 'Balls' meter by shooting enemies without locking on. This was tricky using an analogue stick in other versions of the game, but now it's much simpler. The various execution moves you can perform are particularly grim, and the ability to easily target specific body parts by simply pointing makes gunplay great fun.
Scarface all comes together extremely well and would be approaching Star Game territory were it not for one annoying flaw - it looks awful. There has clearly been no attempt to make the Wii version look even remotely better than the PS2 game, and as a result the graphics are some of the worst we've seen on Nintendo's console. Had the same amount of effort gone in here as clearly went into the controls, we'd be looking at an essential title. If you can accept the poor visuals though, this is well worth grabbing hold of. We'd swear by it (ho ho ho).