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The story of the game is a pseudo-sequel to the movie, beginning with the mansion shootout that ended it--except this time Tony knows the shotgunner Skull was behind him. Tony survives and builds his way up to taking revenge on Sosa.
This game contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptation Expansion: Characters who only got a brief mention and/or appearance in the movie such as Gaspar Gomez, the Diaz Brothers and Nacho Contreras feature more prominently and get a lot more lines in The World is Yours, most of them serving as de facto Mini Bosses standing in Tony's way on the road to Sosa.
- An Interior Designer Is You: Not only can you give your mansion different styles, but you can purchase furniture, souvenirs and other knick-knacks - even Manny and Gina's ash urns - and choose where to place them. Humorously, placing the items is done to a soundtrack of Muzak - including a version of "She's On Fire".
- Anticlimax Boss: Sheffield. Sosa if you fight him unarmed.
- Asshole Victim: Sure, Tony himself ain't a saint when he kills his enemies. But then again, you won't feel sorry for any of the other drug dealers that fall victim to said protagonist.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Sosa can really take a pounding and enemy gang leaders often pack better heat than their underlings.
- Back Seats Are Just for Show
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Tony's Enforcer wears a suit with tie and Tony can get various tieless suits.
- Beef Gate: You can access all areas after the first few compulsory missions. Enemy gangs will have a clear firepower advantage though.
- BFG: Not only can you use the film-ending M16+ M203, Tony can also fire a SAW while walking and use a four-barrelled missile launcher.
- Bland-Name Product: The cars follow this model, though the guns use their real names.
- Bond One-Liner: (To Gaspar Gomez's security chief, after throwing him off the side of a tall building) Adios, amigo.
- Border Patrol: Spend too long in the water and... suddenly, Tony-eating shark!
- Boss in Mook Clothing: Chainsaw users.
- Bottomless Bladder: Averted in that Tony can take a piss behind a dumpster to regain health.
- Bottomless Magazines: In Blind Rage, as well as in the very first mission.
- Briefcase Full of Money: Some gangsters drop these.
- Bring It: You can hit the Taunt button to make Tony talk, and he'll often drop lines of this nature in combat. Doing this fills up your Balls meter, which allows you to enter Blind Rage... in which Tony shouts phrases of the sort automatically.
- Broken Bridge: Averted, you can access all of Miami as soon as the free-roaming becomes possible... Just not the relevant plot missions yet.
- Played straight, however, with the islands. You cannot access them until you get the Float Plane.
- Call Back: A spectacular Call Back with elements of a Hannibal Lecture and Shut UP, Hannibal culminates near the end of the game, after Tony has gunned down Sosa's men at his estate and is literally walking into Sosa's living room for the final showdown and highlights the exact moment in the film where the relationship between Tony and Sosa went irrevocably sour:
Sosa: So... how's this going to work Tony? How do we solve our problem?
Tony: You're going to die Alex, for everything you've done in your entire life.
Sosa: (Laughs) What about what you did? I told you not to fuck me, and you did Tony.
Tony: There were kids in the fucking car Alex! Innocent Kids! Huh, what kind of animals you've got working for you?
Sosa: I want to clear something up with you Tony, before I kill you. When you move 400 kilos a month, it's imperative that you do kill children. That way, heroes don't get confused and go on 60 Minutes. They instead crawl back into the hole they came from.
Tony: Hey, Sosa! Maybe it's time for you to make that crawl huh?
- Canon Foreigner: Quite a few in the game who play major roles in The World is Yours. For example Felix, who is introduced as one of Tony's most loyal distributors back when the world was his and helps him in his quest to regain it all back from Sosa. Later on in the game Tony is contacted by The Sandman, a Caribbean coca grower who's shown to be a major competitor of Sosa and joins forces with Tony in his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- The Cartel: Tony breaks it apart and replaces with his own organization.
- Chainsaw Good: Chainsaws have one-hit-kill power, which works both ways.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Tony is real hard to kill, and the only explanation given for Blind Rage is sheer Balls.
- Continuity Nod: The game is full of these.
- Tony meets Coco on referral from Felix at the bar by the Grove. Coco remembers seeing Tony there a long time ago with a "tall, good looking Cuban guy", during the scene from the movie where Tony tries to show Manny how to put the moves on a woman.
- When Tony talks to the manager of the Sun Ray Hotel in his bid to acquire it, he mentions how he owes it to the memory of his friend Angel to make the place better. If you've seen the movie, you'll know that this is where Angel had a rather nasty encounter with a chainsaw.
- Coup De Grace: You can get Tony to carry out "Executions" by closing into melee range while having a gun out.
- Death or Glory Attack: Laundering money can be this.
- Decapitated Army: Unless you kill the gang leader, the gang in question will return.
- Dirty Cop: The two Vice cops, who in the Justified Tutorial section below imply that the whole Vice squad is corrupt as well.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Subverted, citizens will eventually come to recognize and respect Tony.
- Enemy Chatter
- Escort Mission: That VIP in the Babylon Club.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: A continuation from the movie. When Tony finds out his rivals have killed his mother, he sets out to murder those responsible with a chainsaw.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Unlike most other videogames of the genre, Tony will outright refuse to shoot an innocent bystander.
- Every Car Is a Pinto
- Every Man Has His Price: Bribing gangsters or cops to lower Heat.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Swim too far out and you'll get chomped by a huge Great White. They're not completely bad, however: you kill Nacho Contreras by shooting him with a sniper rifle while he's swimming, making him bleed. Take a wild guess what happens next. But taking into account that Nacho liked to dump the bodies of local women after beating them dead to the sharks, he was also indirectly hoisted by his own petard. And amusingly, one of the design options for Tony's mansion includes a big tank containing a Great White, although it doesn't move and just swims in place.
- Evil Pays Better: You have to deal drugs if you want to make money in any reasonable amount of time.
- Face Heel Turn: Schefield
- Fisticuffs Boss: Gaspar's head of security and some other characters.
- Fix Fic
- Follow the Leader: The World Is Yours features GTA-style sandbox play.
- For Want of a Nail: Premise of spinoff media.
- Forced Level Grinding: Building Reputation, money and Balls.
- Foreign Cuss Word: You will hear a lot, from both Tony and his foes.
- Going Cold Turkey: Tony apparently quit his cocaine habit sometime after the game's opening battle:
"Yeyo - that shit make you crazy, man. Never again."
- Of course, he still has no problem selling it by the truckload.
- Groin Attack: Hit locations include "Right Nut". Also the left nut. And the groin as separate region itself.
- Gunship Rescue: For the enemies.
- Hand Cannon: The venerable Desert Eagle.
- Heel Face Turn: Sort of. Tony's still an unrepentant crook by the end of the game, but no longer qualifies as "evil".
- Hundred-Percent Completion
- Hyperactive Metabolism
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Averted. Montana may carry only three types of weapons (four with upgrade) with limited ammo. Where does he hide the bazooka or assault rifle is another matter.
- I Fought the Law and The Law Won: "You're Fucked!"
- I Have a Family: After Tony finishes slaughtering his way through Sosa's mansion, a random mook appears and begs for mercy using this. Tony offers him a job.
- I Shall Taunt You: You can do so to gain Balls.
- Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: Unlike other games of its ilk, Tony can't even jump, much less climb.
- It's Up to You
- Justified Tutorial
- The actual tutorial sequence is ostensibly a historical glimpse into Tony's Cuban army past.
- And there's also a brief tutorial on Cop Heat when Tony gets back his mansion that's skillfully portrayed as movie-style dialogue completely within the fourth wall that's also a Call Back:
Tony: The Government not paying you clowns enough?
"Crockett": Hey buddy we're Vice, not some loose knit government agency looking for handouts. You know how this is going to work from here on out, don't you?
Tony: Fuck You. Mel Bernstein tried this shit on me once, and it didn't work out so good for him you know.
"Tubbs": Mel? He wasn't a team player, Montana. You did us all a favor.
"Crockett": Look Montana, Miami is our back yard. The people pay us to make sure scumbags like you keep the economy nice and stable. We don't want to get in the way unless you force us to, understand? Our boys in the streets keep tabs on you. You start doing too many things that upset the people, then your Heat goes up. If your Heat gets too high, then we'll be forced to make a house call. So... if you want to keep it cool with us Montana, we suggest you make a donation. (Gets in the van)
Tony: Maybe you two should go home and donate a little something to your wives, you know? (Hands over a stack of $10K) Relax a little.
"Tubbs": (Chuckles as the van starts up and takes off) We're watching you boy.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Subversion.
- Karma Meter: "Cop Heat" and "Gang Heat".
- Karmic Death: Sosa and his henchmen.
- Life Drain: Available in Blind Rage.
- Limit Break: Fill up your Balls Meter, and you can hold a button to enter Blind Rage, in which the game temporarily turns into a FPS with an invincible Tony completely slaughtering the enemies, gaining health with each kill.
- Ludicrous Gibs: If you have a powerful enough weapon (or just a chainsaw), you can brutally dismember legs, arms, and heads, complete with over-the-top sprays of blood.
- Marathon Level: Sosa's mansion. Drug distribution runs also get lengthy after you need to supply fronts in all four key areas.
- Mook Chivalry: Is schizophrenic about this.
- Mother-Daughter Threesome: Have Tony talk to one of the pimps. Sooner or later the topic arises. It's called 'Chicken and the egg' in street slang.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Tony has such a moment after he escapes the mansion shootout and is laying low out in the boonies.
- Mythology Gag: In the movie, Octavo the Clown becomes an unfortunate bystander caught in the crossfire when Tony was ambushed at the Babylon Club. In The World is Yours, Octavo becomes one of the gunmen trying to take Tony out a second time at the Club.
- Nigh Invulnerability: In Blind Rage.
- Nobody Poops: Averted the same way as Bottomless Bladder, above.
- No-Gear Level: Freedomtown Redux starts Tony off with his weapons confiscated, while the start of Sosa's mansion has Tony with almost all of his weapons gone, save the Desert Eagle and rather little ammo.
- One Bullet Clips: Played straight on foot, subverted in a driveby-capable vehicle.
- One-Man Army: Shit, man! After losing all his friends in the movie out of his stupidity Tony is all fuckin' alone now~!
- Player Mooks/PersonalMook: The Assassin, Enforcer and Driver. The Assassin is featured in one of Tony's Story Missions (U-Gin Shotgun Bar) but otherwise they are each intended for a specific purpose.
- Psycho Strings: The creepy tune that played whenever Tony noticed a guy hovering around Gina in the movie now plays when Tony goes into his Limit Break.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The song in the opening credits is a remix of Ministry's "Burning Inside".
- Redemption Equals Life, directly contrasting Redemption Equals Death in the movie, as by sheer luck Tony survives the final fight in the movie with lots of bitter lessons in his head.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Tony's attack on the Diaz Brothers in response to their killing of his mother.
- Simultaneous Warning and Action
- Slo-Mo Big Air: Sometimes crops up before large "Air Time Bonus".
- Sociopathic Hero: Tony, more so in the game than in the movie.
- Sorting Algorithm of Weapon Effectiveness
- Super Mode: Blind Rage, need to fill up meter leads to overlap with Limit Break.
- Take Cover
- Talking the Monster to Death: Inverted; you talk to women to recruit them and gain benefits from doing so.
- A Taste of Power: The first mission, being the film-ending shootout, lets you use Tony's trademark M16+ M203.
- Trash Talk: Tony can taunt his enemies to gain Balls towards powering up his Blind Rage. In addition, each time Tony gains a Reputation Level after the first- by which point he's stolen Gaspar's satellite phone- he'll get a call from Sosa taunting and/or threatening him. Taunting after crashing into another driver will also fill up the balls meter.
- Universal Driver's License: In addition to cars, Tony also knows how to fly boats and planes.
- Unstoppable Rage: Played straight in the mansion siege, and then transformed into the Limit Break.
- The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Sosa's mansion.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: While you're playing as Tony, he will refuse to shoot any innocents due to his strong (if twisted) moral code. However, once you've bought one of his henchman (Driver, Enforcer and Assassin), there's nothing stopping you from taking control of them and going on a killing spree. Also, the chainsaw lets you cut off specific limbs, so you can either end it quickly with a decapitation or chop off their arms and legs, letting them suffer.
- Villain Protagonist: 'Nuff said...
- Villain with Good Publicity: Anti-hero, technically, but whatever.
- What If: The whole premise of the game.
- Wide Open Sandbox