After film critic Leonard Maltin wrote his scathing review of the film Scarface in 1983, he came back with an addendum that expressed how surprised he was that the "skewed American dream" film, known for its gory violence and offensive language, became a cult classic.
Maltin must also be surprised that Scarface has sparked off two sequels in the form of video games in 2006.
It has been nine years since the Scarface franchise released a third video game, so CineFix, a popular YouTube channel, decided it's time to fill in the nine-year-old gaping hole with its own rendition of what Scarface would have been if it were made into a video game for the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
CineFix is best known for its 8-Bit Cinema series of three-minute video renditions of what popular films such as The Hobbit, Godzilla, and Sin City would have looked like as video games.
CineFix's version of Scarface is a side-scrolling combat game filled with pixelated tributes to the Brian De Palma classic, including references to memorable moments such as the savage dismemberment scene, "Say hello to my little friend," and the scene where Al Pacino's Tony Montana tried to seduce his boss's girlfriend, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, with his tongue.
Of course, the video game isn't as loyal to the film and looks entirely different from what CineFix imagines. Scarface: The World is Yours by Sierra Entertainment, now Vivendi Universal, debuted for the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and PC in July 2006 and the Wii in May 2007. The game picks up from where the movie left off, but Tony Montana isn't dead. Instead, he kills his assassin and plots to recover the massive drug business he lost because of his addiction to cocaine.
At the time of its release, the game commanded a price of $40 for PC and $50 for the PS 2 and Xbox 360. There was also the option of purchasing a Collector's Edition, which included a map of the in-game world, a metal case, and a behind-the-scenes documentary. On Amazon, Scarface: The World is Yours, now published by Vivendi Universal, costs anywhere from $9 to $15. However, the last remaining copy of the game for the Xbox 360 is $110.
Back in 2006, the game was received well enough that it inspired another Scarface game. However, Scarface: Money. Power. Respect. garnered mixed to negative reviews and did not enjoy as much praise as Scarface: The World is Yours.