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50 Cent Blood on the Sand for the XBOX 360 is an action game that was developed by SwordFish Studios and was released on the 20th of February, 2009. The main character in the game is a rapper called 50 Cent. Other characters are also available like the Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, and DJ Whoo Kid. This characters can be played in the co-op player mode. All of these characters belong to the G-Unit crew.
The game is set in an urban warzone where 50 Cent and G-Unit are hired to play a rap concert. After the concert is over, the promoter refuses to pay them the $10 million that he had promised. But after being threatened he relents. But the promoter gives them a diamond and pearl encrusted human skull instead of cash. This skull is stolen from them by a paramilitary unit. 50 Cent decides to recover this skull at any cost.
The game has received a score of 70% on Metacritic and 7.1/10 on IGN.
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand was a massive surprise for me for the simple reason that it wasn't completely awful. As i'm not a fan of Mr Cent I can't compare it with his other game that was released on the PS2 and XBOX - as I haven't played it but i'm told that it's dreadful so i'm just going to trust that advice.
I was a bit confused but interested in BOTS after a string of rather good review scores so I thought i'd give it a go and if I had to, I could turn the volume down and play a bit of classical music in the background. I did this for a while, but this turned out to be a more sinister experience than I expected (give it a try) so I went back to the real thing and after a bit of time grew to quite enjoy the story and characters and had me chuckling at Fiddy's abundant use of the word 'b*tch' literally all the time. The addition of a swear button is a very juvenile but undeniably entertaining one too.
The 'story' here is loose but feels a good fit to the gameplay and surmised involves 50 Cent and a gangster friend gunning down armies of other gangsters, not because of any rival feud I should point out but to get to a priceless precious stone which some woman ran off with in the intro.
This game has been called a Gears of War clone by many people, this game sharing the very popular shooter's over the shoulder viewpoint, emphasis on teamwork and ridiculous gunplay. Not a bad thing at all, I saw more of The Club in it to be honest mainly because of the amount of enemies and silly tone of the thing if not the run and gun nature of it all.
Overall this is a really polished and pleasing gaming experience that even manages to bolt on a couple of half decent vehicle sections and it's now my favourite game in my newly coined comedy shooter genre. I didn't get a chance to try the co-op part of it but I could see it being a blast with a friend.
50 Cent in another video game?? Is this one actually good??
Straight to the point, yes it is quite good - but only because it is pretty much exactly the same as a little known game you probably haven't heard of called GEARS OF WAR 2! This game is the same as GOW2, but just in a gangsta format.
The story in this game is utterly ridiculous, 'fiddy' gets diamond encrusted skull stolen from him so he decides to crack out his guns and go searching for them... in the middle east. During this he has access to pistols, rocket launchers and a machine-gun mounted hummer. Entirely realistic as you can see... This isn't such a bad thing though, mainly because it's so bad it's actually quite funny!
The gameplay is actually fantastic, which you would expect being heavily based on Gears of War 2. The only question you need to ask yourself is do you need another Gears of War 2 and if you do, can you put up for all 'fiddy's' gangsta speak.
Overall, highly enjoyable gameplay, highly amusing story and cutscenes and easy enough gamerscore.
I'm probably the least hip person around and that goes double for hip hop. I stopped listening to music the day that the Spice Girls got to number 1 and killed Brit Pop. I have no interest in the recent explosion of the US R&B sound and its move from the harsh gangster feel of yesteryear to a more dance style. For this reason the likes of Ice T, Busta Rhymes and Xzibit are only known to me through their various film and TV roles. The swearing, obsession with violence and disrespect for woman means that I have no desire to listen to any rap album. One rapper that was successful in the recent past was 50 Cent. I would never listen to one of his albums, but offer me a co-op based game starring him for a bargain price and I will sell all my values down the river!
I was not expecting big things from '50 Cents: Blood in the Sand', therefore any type of decent gameplay would come as a surprise. 'Blood' is a very solid 'Gears of War' clone that has more of the arcade action feel of 'The Club'. One player is Fiddy the other can co-op as a member of the G Unit (I preferred the rapper who looked like Craig David on steroids). You work your way through a series of levels shooting everything that moves whilst spouting some of the coarsest language ever put to a game. In fact, the swearing is such an integral part of the game that you can click down the left joystick to hurl verbal abuse towards the enemy. I think that this feature should be in every game; imagine Marion telling Bowser exactly where he can stuff his shell!
There is no denying that this is a solid title in terms of the game itself. The cover system works well and you can switch to various weapons that all felt powerful. However, there is adequate gameplay here, but nothing inspiring. The levels flow too quickly as you race through them dispatching enemies with far too much ease. The fact that bazooka rounds do not fell you makes you feel like 50 Cent is perhaps a demigod. Despite the many flaws the game is fun to play, especially with a co-op partner. Small nuances like having to help one another over walls or healing means that you have to work together. This is certainly a step down from the like of 'Gears', but is not much below 'Army of Two'. (3 out of 5)
The characters and story of this game are either complete genius or absolutely ridiculous - it all depends on your PoV. The game starts with Fiddy finishing a gig, but the promoter cannot afford to pay him with cash. Instead he is given a golden skull encrusted in diamonds for payment! On the way to the airport Fiddy is hijacked and the skull is stolen - now Fiddy wants vengeance and he will, "mother**** *****, ***** and ***** cat ***** ***** java beans," to get it back.
The story is so stupid as to be almost excellent, but not quite. 'Blood' shows so much contempt to narrative structure that even within the story redundant medium of games it stands out. It is there merely as an excuse to allow 50 Cent to shoot terrorist looking types and swear a lot. Personally, I like to assume that it was a post ironic gesture and for that reason it just works. (2 out of 5)
The game itself has around 10 levels and in normal circumstances this would be enough for a game. However, the nature of the gameplay is so fast that you bomb through the game so quickly that it is over in 6 hours or so. There are various achievements that can extend the game such as finding all the hidden targets and posters in the levels. This is not my idea of fun and I did not go back to playing the game a second time. (2 out of 5)
Most games based on tie ins are not very attractive affairs, but here THQ have done a good job. The sandy nature of the levels make them a little dull to look at, but at least the textures are nice. The character models are very good and special care and attention has been lavished on the main rappers. A surprisingly good looking game. (4 out of 5)
Level design is another area that 'Blood' loses a little inspiration. The best thing about the levels is that they have some elements of co-op in them. However, the vast majority of time is spent moving down linear paths and then coming across an open expanse that suddenly fills with the enemy. There are enough areas of cover and twin routes to make the game co-op friendly, but still nothing more than average at best. (3 out of 5)
Would it be wrong to say that I quite liked the sound and music in 'Blood?' I did not enjoy the sweary rap music as such, but the entire package did grow on me. The bombardment of explosions, gun fire, swearing, liberal use of racists words etc. are so much that they kind of make sense together. In terms of voice acting Fiddy plays himself pretty well and with such conviction that you have to think he is taking the Michael. I have to begrudgingly say that THQ did a very good job on the sound from and that I now have a soft spot for the track 'Gangster B***ch' - how pleasant. (4 out of 5)
'50 Cent: Blood in the Sand' is a solid game equally ruined and saved by its IP. The swearing, rap music and ultra violence is just too much and will put a lot of people off. However, it is so OTT that it actually comes out the other side into a silly place that is good fun. I'm a fan of Indie music, while my pal likes Rock. Neither of us like rap music, but we still enjoyed the game. The co-op elements save it from complete obscurity because they work well. With some decent gun action and a 'Gears' lite feel, there is plenty of fun to be found here for £10 a copy. (3 out of 5)
Maker: THQ RRP £50
Amazon uk £20.04
I rented Blood on the Sand. I'm not in any way a 50 Cent fan, but I'd heard mutterings that this game wasn't that bad, so I stuck it at the end of my rental list. To my surprise, the mutterings were right.
Blood on the Sand is certainly not the best game I've ever played. Not by any stretch of the imagination. It's not very challenging, the story is ropey and shamelessly ego-centric, the AI isn't up to much, and not one of the women featured was not insulted in some manner. But hey, it's a 50 Cent game. What do you expect?
On the plus side, it's very fun to play, and I think this game is something of a parody of itself; it knows what it is, and so it sets out to do what it does it pretty well. The weapons feel good, the upgrade system works well, combat is fluid (if unchallenging) and it's just plain fun, which is really what it's all about. So relax, put your brain aside for 6-8 hours and enjoy Fiddy as the hero of this ridiculously over the top romp.
Firstly you'll be pleased to know that this is an improvement on the broken piece of crap which 50 Cent put his name on last time around.
Blood on the Sand shocked me in that it exceeded my expectations turning out to be a competent third person shooter. The gameplay isn't the most sophisticated i've ever seen but it does the job and the kill counter, which awards higher scores for more consecutive kills, combined with the frequent target kills (which will challenge you to kill a certain amount/type of enemies within a time limit) keep the gameplay fast paced and satisfying.
The plot of the game only adds to its appeal with its seemingly tongue-in-cheek jibes at 50 Cent and the gangster rap life style. It is debatable whether or not this was intentional but works in the games favor whichever way up. The pretty much non-sensical gangster bravado one-liners had me in stitches.
This game, while it won't go down in the history books as one of the greats, nor does it have much replay value, is satisfying and a big improvement on its predecessor. Worth a play but you're probably better off renting it or buying a cheap pre-owned copy.
After performing for a sold-out crowd in a fictional war torn country, 50 Cent discovers that his payment has been stolen by the local crime baron.