Scarface tops October

Combined, Vivendi's Xbox, PS2, and PSP adaptation of the classic crime movie sell over a half-million units; PC version bombs.

After months of anticipation by its film inspiration's myriad fans, the game adaptation of Scarface hit stores on October 8. Developed by Radical Entertainment (Simpson: Hit & Run) and published by its owner, Vivendi Games, the title came in four flavors--Scarface: The World Is Yours for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC, and Scarface: Power. Money. Respect. for the PlayStation Portable.

Though the games weren't exactly a hit with critics, they did do well with gamers. According to sales figures from the NPD Group, the combined regular and collector's editions of the PS2 Scarface made it the best-selling game in the US in October, selling more than 366,000 units and earning over $18.7 million. The Xbox version also did reasonably well, moving more than 110,000 copies and ringing up $5.4 million-plus at the cash register.

Though its strategy-based gameplay differed from its action-oriented siblings, Scarface: Power. Money. Respect. also did well enough to be the top-selling PSP title of the month, besting even Madden NFL 07. The game sold over 37,000 units, racking up just less than $1.5 million. Combined, all four Scarface games sold more than 520,000 copies.

While the above three Scarfaces sold briskly, sales of the PC version were less than impressive. It cleared just more than 9,000 units, earning just less than $450,000.

Originally, Scarface: The World Is Yours was also set to come to the Xbox 360. That version, though, was canceled in late July when the PSP game was announced.

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kaitainCPS
kaitainCPS

"The majority of reviews for this game have been very hard on Tony. If you don't believe it, go to gamerankings.com, and look at ALL of the reviews. PSM gave it a 50, as mentioned in one of my previous posts. And they weren't alone..." You are either mathematically inept, an utter lunatic or a bare-faced liar. I mean, Gamerankings even provides nice pie charts for you to see the proportions for yourself! Two thirds of the PS2 reviews score the game at 80% or above! Is that your definition of being "very hard on Tony"? The Xbox scores are even better. And contrary to Gamespot's self-aggrandizing spiel at the top of this article, the game was CLEARLY a hit with the majority of critics, unless 80% is considered a poor showing these days.

juncom1
juncom1

godovivel Wow, Where did you get sales information?

LexLas
LexLas

They should track what games get traded the most, I have bought plenty of games because of commercial and popularity and returned it in the same week plenty of times.

godovivel
godovivel

Top Software (by Revenue) 1. PS2 Scarface - 366,601 2. 360 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent - 294,907 3. PS2 Madden NFL 07 - 195,366 4. PS2 Mortal Kombat: Armageddon - 205,475 5. 360 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 - 103,548 6. PS2 NBA Live 07 - 139,249 7. XBX Scarface - 110,367 8. 360 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - 93,958 9. PS2 FIFA 07 - 132,561 10. PS2 Bully - 124,127 11. PS2 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 - 118,293 12. GBA Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red - 151,511 13. NDS Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue - 142,614 14. PS2 Guitar Hero - 61,469 15. 360 Madden NFL 07 - 69,642 16. PS2 LEGO Star Wars II - 105,342 17. 360 NBA 2K7 - 65,600 18. NDS Nintendogs - 130,777 19. 360 Saints Row - 57,185 20. GCN Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 - 72,137 21. 360 NBA Live 07 - 46,449 22. 360 Dead Rising - 48,868 23. XBX Mortal Kombat: Armageddon - 66,693 24. XBX Madden NFL 07 - 57,658 25. NDS New Super Mario Bros. - 77,037 26. GCN LEGO Star Wars II - 66,591 27. NDS Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 - 81,672 28. PS2 Justice League Heroes - 61,543 29. PS2 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - 60,736 30. NDS Mario Hoops 3-on-3 - 72,753 Hardware NDS - 360,000 PS2 - 235,000 360 - 218,000 GBA - 169,000 PSP - 130,000 GCN - 32,000 XBX - 3,500

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

hype and in-yer-face advertising are far more important to sales than gameplay could hope to be.

Doolum
Doolum

yeah yeah,..some like it others not..i wont even consider it..so what!?

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

XanderKage "weird... GamSpot says that the game sucks, but it sells... And about GTA... It's not the fact that you can kill COPS and OLD LADIES it the fact that you CAN kill cops and old ladies that makes the brand so good, with addition of countless other stuff." Huh? Countless other stuff? Like what, car physics that makes PS1 driving games like Driver and Destruction Derby feel fast, fluid, and responsive? Driving in the GTA games is akin to driving through a pool of tar. And isn't that the biggest part of the game? The only draw I have for those games, is that they are free roaming. Unfortunately, that's not enough for me. And I like my hot coffee black, with a dollop of sugar. Lastly, Brittany Spears is a top selling recording artist. Say no more.

LexLas
LexLas

I gotta say I agree with the Gamespot scoring on the game all the way. I played it myself and thought it was good but not great.

jimbo6923
jimbo6923

Well, that's sad but it makes sence. I recently quit my job at Gamestop so I can say this from first hand experience: the majoriy of people who purchase video games are morons. My store had it's fair share of actual gamers who understand the difference between a great title and something that was spewed from a round table meeting of developers looking to make a quick buck. Video games are no longer a safe haven for nerds who just want to have fun, it has become mainstream and has become bigger than what it really should be. This is just testament to the very sad truth, the video game industry has lost it's soul.

MattF
MattF

GameSpot, for the record, is in the MINORITY in the review scoring. Take a look at some the other reviewers: IGN - 8.7 Game Informer - 8.5 CCC - 9.2 More than 80% of reviews are in the 70s or above, with the vast majority of those hitting in the 80s. It wasn't a hit with GAMESPOT critics, but was a hit with "most" other critics. Don't swallow the slant blindly...

XanderKage
XanderKage

weird... GamSpot says that the game sucks, but it sells... And about GTA... It's not the fact that you can kill COPS and OLD LADIES it the fact that you CAN kill cops and old ladies that makes the brand so good, with addition of countless other stuff.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

I totally understand the appeal of watching an anti-hero on screen, or reading about one in one of them "books". What does creep me out is that some people actually think that he's a good example of how "anybody can make it to the top"... By killing, and selling poison to the people in your community. Again, as a story, it's one thing. But some people really think that he's a hero, and damn, I can't think of anything more stupid. As for my GTA comment, it's just a gentle ribbing. ;) I don't like playing the games, because I don't find it amusing to glorify mass slaughter of innocents, for fun. But that's just me. Now killing aliens, or Nazis...sure. But I don't find it "cool" to kill little old ladies, or even cops, much as I don't really like'm. But I fear the people who do nothing but play and worship GTA. Fearing them in the way that I wouldn't want to be around them if there is a mass social breakdown, and chaos erupts. 'Cause you know at least some of those guys are going to be the first ones to go on rampages...

mikado01
mikado01

"Last time I checked he's a psychotic murdering drug dealer. He's hardly a hero or a positive example for anyone. Plus, anyone that uses a fictional character as some kind of role model has some series loose marbles rolling around in their skull." Its called an Anti-Hero. He does terrible things, but you root for him anyway. You cant deny the fact that Tony Montana is a fantastic character to watch on screen, and thats why you love him no matter what he does. I agree with what you said about reviews tho. A review is nothing more than an opinion.

orangebrat
orangebrat

>>>Sadly, it looks like a strong brand name is more important than reviews. Or, maybe consumers can think for themselves and not be swayed by a stranger's opinion. >>>So what do you consider a hero then? Tony Montana is the OG and everyone wants to be like him or be him. He's the ultimate example that you can come from nowhere and make it to the very top but be careful because you can lose everything in the blink of an eye, or the shot of a bullet. Last time I checked he's a psychotic murdering drug dealer. He's hardly a hero or a positive example for anyone. Plus, anyone that uses a fictional character as some kind of role model has some series loose marbles rolling around in their skull.

luciotss
luciotss

e ps2, eca.... your beats, ps3 men.. you now!!!

Pharoah6
Pharoah6

You can shoot anyone if you use Tony's agents. Tony himself is the only one with the moral rule not to shoot non-drug dealers and other bad guys.

Proman84
Proman84

Sadly, it looks like a strong brand name is more important than reviews.

andypipkin85
andypipkin85

"Maybe it's just that the GTA audience have very low expectations, slap some cursing on, let you shoot anybody, and blam, instant gratification" This is utter BS. GTA fans tend to have high expectations, and we enjoy the GTA style free-roaming experiance. FYI you cant just shoot anybody in this game either. So what do you consider a hero then? Tony Montana is the OG and everyone wants to be like him or be him. He's the ultimate example that you can come from nowhere and make it to the very top but be careful because you can lose everything in the blink of an eye, or the shot of a bullet.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

Maybe it's just that the GTA audience have very low expectations, slap some cursing on, let you shoot anybody, and blam, instant gratification for people who think a character like Tony Montana is a hero. And again, how can abody say this game sold well? Sorry, 500k across 4 platforms??? Those are not good numbers. Low selling DS games sell better than that. If it had sold 500k on each system, with a total of 2 million copies, that would be selling pretty well.

andypipkin85
andypipkin85

Grimbe: I managed to get my fingers on the collecters extras disc. It has some nice little documentaries but not really worth the extra money, not a whole £10 anyway.

GrimBee
GrimBee

Is the special edition for the ps2 worth it? I mean, are the extra features any good?

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

$ony is still making money despite there losses wow and the new psp commercials are doing the psp real justice u know i think things are looking up for sony

thomass60r
thomass60r

i knew it would sell crazy i ordered my copy as soon as possible and i love the game

jjjttthhh
jjjttthhh

Well if the price tag wasn't $49.99 I probably would've bought it....... It sounds killer but......You can't tell me it's worth the same as NWN2!!!!! If it was priced around $30 or even $39.99, it might have stood a chance.

andypipkin85
andypipkin85

This game is great. The movie was a masterpiece and alot of people know this. Thats why the game did so well. As other people have mentioned people from our generation can relate to the Scarface story. They also want to be the ultimate gangsta and Tony Montana is just that! So a game that puts you in his shoes and lets you buy all the super expensive stuff he had, build the powerful empire he had and re-gain everything he had in movie but lost at the end is what appeals to people. Its is the ultmiate underdog story. Its the "american" and sometimes ultimate dream to have unlimited riches and power, and this game gives you that in its virtual world. Critics are too stiff to realize this. They base their opinions on a game based on another game or another genre or on technical issues or whatever. Thats why i never listen to them because a review from a critic is just one persons opinion. This game is in its own genre, it cannot be compared. Yeah its gameplay mechanics are the same as GTA but no other game lets you live the ultimate, Tony Montana-style dream! THATS why it sold so well! That and its just a freaking awesome game in its own right!

GrimBee
GrimBee

Wasn't Scarface a remake of..... aaahhhhhrrhrhhahhha!! I can't take this now... Scarface, is a rags to riches story. The NEW version (made in the 80's) was updated with that generation in mind. It appealed to alot of people simply because that they can relate to it. Heck, even Steven Speilberg helped shoot a scene in Scarface! It's an iconic movie. It's not typically one of the greatest movies ever, but people relate to it. And enjoy the rise of the underdog story. The acting was somewhat overdone, but thats just how it was meant to be! Anything else and it would of been a documentary!

rctyke
rctyke

Wasn't Scarface a remake of a 1933 movie with the same name?

mikado01
mikado01

"Its one of those "gangsta" movies, and is only popular because it stars a gangster drug dealer that kills a bunch of people, and swears after every other word. ummm no thats not why. Scarface is the ultimate raggs to riches story. Its a movie about a man that worked his way to the top, got way ahead of himself, and paid the ultimate price.

nestea_king
nestea_king

I didn't like the movie, and I dont see what is so special about it either. Its one of those "gangsta" movies, and is only popular because it stars a gangster drug dealer that kills a bunch of people, and swears after every other word. But the game is better than all the GTA games.

GrimBee
GrimBee

The scarface game appeals to the "gta generation". Alot of which admired the Scarface soundtrack inside gta3, and they revelled in the moment of Vice City, which offered more of what the scarface movie offered. The Movie gave viewers a chance to look at a "hero" in the making, and then the death of a legend. And it wasnt about saving the world, it was about ******* it! ... as Tony might say... The game continues this, and the generation IMO is quite pleased that you are able to play the role of the underdog rising to the top once more. Especially in a scenario which actually TREATS you like the lesser being (the premise appeals to alot of people because somehow they can relate to it, and its symbolisms) When you look at the Scarface game, the atmosphere is quite different to that of Vice City, or the Scarface Movie. The movie was more "in your face", it was violent but you never SAW that chainsaw scene, you saw Tony's face.. Instead of CREATING a character, you are BEING the character. This, to some people is quite a dramatic change. It takes away the element of surprise. And often treats the movie as a stereotype. For example, Tony curses alot. But for a good reason, he is angry and he is a "tiger". In the game, you can just go around and curse at nothing. This too can take away the interest in the character. And it just takes away the actual STORY element, and the EMOTIONAL elements, and just replaces them with motifs. There is no other way, imo, to do a scarface game. Tony Montana worked hard for what he had. And it is cool in a way to work for what he had in the game, and at your own pace too. But because it turns Scarface the movie into a sort of stereotype (by means of the gameplay mechanics) this can crunch down on the atmosphere of the game. The gameplay could be minimal, but if the story was perfected and had some nice touches etc... then I believe that the review scores would be greatly improved. What Im saying is, The game doesnt step into the unknown, if it had (like metal gear solid for example, a game with little gameplay compared to most, but its story gave it rave reviews etc) perfected some parts of the game.. i.e if it became a master of one trade, not a jack of all trades... then the game essentially would be a first of its kind. And usually reviewers give fresh material a higher review. Usually... But because this game uses so much from GTA etc, it seems like a jack of all trades.. and as a result it feels like an unfinished project. Had it of concentrated more on the story, it would be quite a different game indeed. But anyways, for the target audience this game is great. Because usually the target audience was hoping for a GTA experience with Tony Montana ANYWAYS. But for those hardcore gamers looking for something different, this game can feel a little stale, if not insulting to the movie (which was far better in terms of plot). Games like metal gear have a plot which can out-shine alot of big-budget movies, if it was turned into a movie it would lose alot of this because there would be a time-limit on how the story is told. There is a great distance between PLAYING and WATCHING. Scarface the game doesn't really do either perfectly well at all. Its fun for a while (imo) but I can see how GS gave it the review it had. We will just wait for Peter Jackson to make some game/movie thingies in the future. But for now I think Scarface did an excellent job in catering for the generation which likes it. Its a dying shame that it feels rushed, and that the psp verions is a complete pile of crap (imo). But the psp version goes out to create a whole different kind of immersive atmosphere of the Scarface movie. This is what I mean by doing different things with the genre. The psp version sticks to one kind of formula, and for the gamer it kind of works well. The ps2 etc version is so varied in forms of activities that it is hard to pin it all down. If the games werent rushed out to the shelves, and had some time given to the parts which work best. These games would seem much better... But... hey, its better than Jaw Unleashed right?? Right??? :P

Col_Fweekoface
Col_Fweekoface

these license shenanigans are getting out of hand.

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

The people that liked Scarface the movie expected alot from the game which drove sales.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

xXxManslayerxXx "Though the games weren't exactly a hit with critics, they did do well with gamers" " thats bs, a lot of sites gave it around 7.5 n 8.5. you arent the whole review community gs." The majority of reviews for this game have been very hard on Tony. If you don't believe it, go to gamerankings.com, and look at ALL of the reviews. PSM gave it a 50, as mentioned in one of my previous posts. And they weren't alone...

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

I'd also like to mention, without trying to sound like I'm bashing on the game or the people who do in fact like it, that a game selling 500k across 4 platforms seems really unimpressive. And it also seems downright odd that a PSP version would be released in favor of a 360 version. Maybe there was a good reason for it, but it seems like it wouldn't have been much of an effort to port it to the 360, and I'd think the sales on it would have pushed the overall sales line up a good chunk more.

xXxManslayerxXx
xXxManslayerxXx

"Though the games weren't exactly a hit with critics, they did do well with gamers" thats bs, a lot of sites gave it around 7.5 n 8.5. you arent the whole review community gs.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

I don't know how a Scarface fan could like the idea that Tony is still alive. It kind of negates the movie, which seems kind of dumb to me. Rockin_MixMasta "I don't know why reviews matter so much. Whether or not a game is any good is up to the developers/publishers, not someone who sits in a chair and plays the game and then gossips about what they liked/didnt like. It will always be bias because everyone has had different experiences with games. I don't like Final Fantasy. Should I review a Final Fantasy game?" No, you shouldn't review a game if you can't look past your bias. You SHOULD be able to tell if a game is good, great, or horrible, whether it appeals to you or not. That is what a critic does, analyze the pros and cons of the structure of a thing. Often game critics, even here at GS, will say that a game may appeal to a certain kind of player, even though they may give it a low score, or just didn't personally enjoy it. Just saying you don't like something, because it doesn't appeal to specifically you, is not giving a reasonable or critical account. It's not much different than asking somebody to listen to a piece of music that's really different from what they usually listen to, but instead of them giving it a fair chance, they create an interiour monologue with themselves about how much they hate what they are hearing...and in fact, they aren't really hearing anything other than themselves. "BigJ411 The overall rating on Gamerankings.com is sitting at about 77% for the console versions of the game. Which means gamers are not stupid Gamespot was just biased in its review of the game. I played it and while not great it was still a solid title." So the average score is 7.7, compared to GS's 6.7...that's a ten percent difference, and it's out of an average, so there had to be a number of scores close to GS's 6.7, am I right? After checking, yes, I am right. Three reviews around 80, two 70's and the rest are all 65 or below. Averages are a fun thing... PSM- 50 Official Playstation Magazine- 70. I kind of doubt they're "biased".

GrimBee
GrimBee

The psp version is just a giant cockaroach! Scarface is a really fun game. Its really annoying at times, but alot of the things it's meant to do; it does well. I like the soundtrack inside it, and its nice to be able to free-roam. Also its really cool how the interior and exteriors are rendered without loading. I think, if this game had another year in development it could be so much better. If it wasn;t for Tony Montana, this game would suck and it wouldnt appeal to me as it doesnt really make it different from the rest. But because you have the Tony Montana plot, its nice to play through the story in this way.

timbjr
timbjr

The PSP version sucked more than anything, how could it beat madden?

gagan21
gagan21

SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND :lol:

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Guess the PC sale prove PC gamers are utterly sick of lazy console ports.

madden07playa41
madden07playa41

scarface rocks i have no clue how it may have gotten a 6.7

ChucklesMginty
ChucklesMginty

Well 6.7 isn't that bad and IGN gave quite a good review. I guess it's just all the scarface fans who have like video games.

LuffyTubby
LuffyTubby

scarface is one of the most awesome movies of all time. the fact that they butchered its ending in this game is enough reason for me not to buy it... youtube.com has some great clips of scarface if you havent seen it yet!

Rockin_MixMasta
Rockin_MixMasta

I don't know why reviews matter so much. Whether or not a game is any good is up to the developers/publishers, not someone who sits in a chair and plays the game and then gossips about what they liked/didnt like. It will always be bias because everyone has had different experiences with games. I don't like Final Fantasy. Should I review a Final Fantasy game?