‘Scarface’ rules, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ drool

Attention all fans of gratuitous blood and profanity: You’re in for a treat with the latest video games based on movies, Scarface: The World is Yours and Reservoir Dogs.

In this latest highly enjoyable Grand Theft Auto clone, the player controls Tony Montana as he struggles to rebuild his fallen drug empire. Tony can make money and rebuild in several different ways, but during game play, the player will spend most of his or her time selling coke, picking up girls and shooting people.

But it’s a lot funnier than it sounds.

Felix, Tony’s main partner in crime, will provide missions for Tony to accomplish to earn money and respect. Missions become very redundant, but it doesn’t seem to take too much away from game play because the missions are so much fun.

Often in the game, Tony will have to bribe cops to keep them away while also laundering money. As the game progresses, doing the tasks get harder.

Taking over territory in Scarface is as simple as purchasing a gun from one of the dozens of gun vendors and picking a fight with one the local gangs; kill them all, and the territory is yours.

The game has many enjoyable upgradeable items such as cars, furniture, boats and guns. With each piece of territory Tony conquers, his reputation increases and he gets closer to ruling the drug world.

Weak-stomached players will probably not get a kick out of this game. Players will hear the “F” word used more times than they would from an all-day Pulp Fiction marathon, and the violence, although somewhat cartoonish, is startling at times.

At one point in the game, Tony has to use a chainsaw to exact revenge on a rival gang. You get the idea.

Any player looking for a guilty pleasure should pick this one up. If nothing else, it will relieve the day’s stress.

On the other side of the spectrum, Reservoir Dogs fails to be either a quality game or guilty pleasure.

Unlike well-done videogame adaptations such as the aforementioned Scarface and Godfather games, Reservoir Dogs tries to make a video game out of filling in the gaps of the crime robbery that was left out of the popular Quentin Tarantino film.

Apparently, these scenes were left out for a reason they involve being one of the six pseudo-gangsters doing tedious time trials in a car and holding hundreds of people hostage in an attempt to avoid the police.

That’s about how shallow the ideas go Reservoir Dogs falls into the same stereotypical situations that have plagued movie videogames for years due to trying to capitalize on a popular movie.

Between achieving pointless missions, gamers are subjected to digitized scenes from the film with characters who look like gelatin molds of the actual actors or, in some cases, don’t look like them at all. Voice-work, save for Michael Madsen, is just as cringe inducing, the voice actors fail miserably at mimicking the stars of the film.

As the game ends, fans or those unfamiliar with the film learn nothing new and end up wasting their time on something sure to be forgotten within the next few months.

So, while Scarface comes back to life to rebuild his empire, Reservoir Dogs should just be put to sleep.

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