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50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Review

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Graphics:

 

7.9

Gameplay:

 

7.9

Sound:

 

8.5

Control:

 

8.0

Replay Value:

 

6.0

Online Gameplay:

 

6.5

Overall Rating:       7.5

 

 

Publisher:

THQ

Developer:

Swordfish Studios

Number Of Players:

1-2 (2 Online Co-op)

Genre:

Genre

I never there would come a day when I sit down and write about a good 50 Cent game. Generally, hip-hop games have never turned out that great, with the exception of Def Jam, and Wu-Tang Clan: Shaolin Style. But those were fighting games, which are completely different than the run-and-gun flavor that is 50's latest outing, Blood on the Sand. And I must be honest, after experiencing this bit of fun, I have to say that Activision was foolish to auction this one off to THQ after merging with Vivendi last year.

Say what you want about 50 Cent, but you can't deny that he's here to stay. While not the first rap artist to be featured in a game, he may be the first to actually get some noteworthy sales from it. While 50 Cent: Bulletproof was nothing short of mediocrity, his adventure in a fictitious Middle Eastern country is actually quite solid.

The game opens up with a cutscene, the setting is the modern day world, and 50 and co. just played a gig in a war-torn country. Despite a sold-out show and an elated crowd, the promoter who scheduled G-Unit to play refuses to pay 50 and his boys. The promoter claims that a drug lord, named Kamal, stole the ten million dollars with 50's name on it, and he has no way to pay them. The gang threatens the promoter, and in exchange he offers them a skull encrusted with diamonds. When attempting to journey back home, G-Unit are ambushed and the skull is taken from them. Livid, 50 Cent and the rest of G-Unit vow revenge...

There's something I immediately noticed about 50 Cent, something that's beyond the obvious Gear of War-esque gameplay. Blood on the Sand also feels a lot like Sega's 2008 shooter The Club. In fact, it has a points system and kill-momentum system that is nearly identical to it (right down to the medals), on top of even featuring hanging targets up on the walls. So the best way to describe Blood on the Sand is as a fusion of Gears of War and The Club. The result is a good one, boasting fun gameplay and co-op action.

The basic gameplay elements are an over-the-shoulder camera, cover mechanic, quick-weapon selection via D-pad, complete with the option to aim, all the while being able to keep on moving. The run-and-gun gameplay of BotS should really appease fans of Gears of War, as well as help tame the cravings of PlayStation owners looking for a GoW-esque game. And because it takes the arcade elements of The Club, there's that additional factor of wanting to score the highest score, and achieve the best possible succession of kills.

You are given over 20 powerful weapons to toy around with, such as heavy machine guns, advanced guided rocket launchers, various handguns, shotguns, grenades, and other things that make a lot of noise and damage. There is also the counter-kill system that gives you the ability to finish off an enemy with your own hands, as opposed to a weapon, using a mini-game mechanic where you have to timely hit a prompted button for the execution.

It's not often that you'll put your fists to use, though, as running and gunning will continue to be the name of this game. Additionally, you'll employ a feature called "Gangsta Fire", which is just another term for a 'bullet-time' mode that slows down gameplay, allowing 50 to stack some bodies. There are over 20 missions to play through, some featuring driving and flying segments as 50 and co. will be able to pilot a military Humvee and helicopter, both of which will feature functioning mounted weapons. These vehicular segments are quite a lot of fun, allowing one person to steer, while another fires. Co-op allows a second player to choose either Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, or DJ Whoo Kid as 50's partner - Young Buck is not a playable character due to his departure from G-unit. If you don't have a buddy nearby to play co-op with you, feel free to take the adventure online and have an online buddy aid you throughout your journey. You can also play your campaign allowing any online user to jump in and out of your campaign.

Now, with the good stuff out of the way, there are some problems. The A.I. isn't that smart, and the game's total lack of online multiplayer really hurts. As nice as online co-op is, a game like this is deserving of the full online package. Additionally, the main adventure will not last you any longer than 5-6 hours, and the hidden content in the game isn't worth replaying BotS for. You will also experience some redundancy, and the general lack of innovation (considering this is a blatant rip-off of Gears and The Club) doesn't help either. Still, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand is a pretty solid game that gamers should find themselves enjoying.

Blood on the Sand presents itself very well, aesthetically. Boasting Epic's Unreal Engine III, Swordfish has pieced together a good looking game that's capable of running well and looking smooth. Character detail is largely true to form, as 50, Banks, Whoo Kid, and Yayo look very close to their real life counterparts. While environmental detail, such as textures, aren't spectacular, it's still good enough to earn a pass from me. The framerate is also smooth, for the most part, and it's rare that you'll experience anything that noticeably dampers it. I must address my biggest problem with the visuals, and it's more of an aesthetic design choice, rather than a technical issue: the on-screen HUD clutter. Where as games like Gears boast a clean HUD, BotS does not; there are far too many gauges, icons and numbers displayed. My other problem with the visuals is the camera, it's too fidgety and moves around way too much, which can cause some to feel motion sickness.

Lastly, as you'd expect, Blood on the Sand is driven by the sounds of 50 Cent and G-Unit, as a total of over 40 songs have found their way into the mix, many of which have been remixed specifically for the game. You can still expect to hear 50's classic hits, in addition to 18 all new and exclusive tracks by 50 and G-Unit, made exclusively for the game. There's no denying that the soundtrack is great, and the voice acting is actually pretty decent, as well. Heck, even the miscellaneous sound effects sound good. Curiously enough, even though this is supposed to take place in a Middle Eastern country, you do hear people yelling in Russian...which is odd, albeit funny. Just figured I'd point that out.

While few would have expected a solid entry out of this followup title, the truth is that 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand is a good shooter, especially for those looking for a Gears of War-like action title. Swordfish did a pretty good job with 50's first next-gen title, and I think they've put together a great stepping stone for a potential solid franchise for THQ. For the sequel, I'd like to see a proper multiplayer mode in addition to a longer campaign and a bit more originality. But all in all, you can't deny that Blood on the Sand is a fun game with a great soundtrack. 

2/25/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (37 posts)

LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 7:06:16 PM
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50 cent ruins everything he is in, including music. I'll chalk this one up to the "mountain dew" crowd that is the very reason we still have AVP movies.

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xnonsuchx
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 4:51:21 AM

:-) When I saw the start of the review mentioning "a few shortcomings," I immediately thought, "You mean, like 50 Cent being in it?"

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PS3_Wizard
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 11:35:45 AM

Why the hell are you so negative? Don't knock the game until you play it. You probably just don't like rap. Oh yeah, I replied to your comment in the "amsterdam loses power..." article.

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dillonthebunny
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 7:08:14 PM
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youre Wrong AK...

Maxim magazine already reviewed this and they gave it a higher score than Killzone 2!!

hows does it feel to be wrong eh? ...eh? ;)


lol...

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chicko1983
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 7:10:39 PM
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To explain the Russian, even though the game is set in a fictional middle eastern country, in Afganistan there are locals who speak Russian due to the Russians occupation of their country.
Maybe the Russians also occupied this country?

Game doesn't sound as bad as I thought it would have been though.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 8:45:41 PM
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Hey, I thought I was the only one who liked that Wu-Tang game.

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ThugNificent101
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 8:49:38 PM

I love that game! used to play it with my brother and friends all the time

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Fabi
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 9:41:08 PM
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I heard Nas is the final boss of the game.

The story sounds horrible, but my lil' cousins are begging me to get it after they saw the three trailers on the PSN.

Probably wont though, just bought SF4 and we all know what's coming this week.

Maybe I'll get it from GameFly for cheap in a few months.

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Prevent
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 9:53:59 PM
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I heard X-Play gave this game a 4.5/5.0!!!!!!!!!!!!
what are they smoking!?
for those who like 1-10.........4.5=9/10

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King James
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 10:43:49 PM

X-play doesn't give half scores.

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xnonsuchx
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 4:55:08 AM

Yeah, they gave it a 4/5...not 4.5. Neither Adam nor Morgan did the video review, though...they let an 'underling' do it.

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PS3_Wizard
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 11:37:41 AM

What are they smoking? Have you played it? If not then don't make accusations and assumptions until you do.

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Cpt_Geez
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 10:12:25 PM
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The new 50 cent game sucks @$$ II heard it got a perfect 10... yeah 10 on a scale to 100 lmfao at anybody who gets this piece of $%#^ game.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 10:15:15 PM
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"quit hatin' just cuz u ain't got no game about u!"
he shouldn't have a game in the first place, but he's done pretty good since selling drugs...

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bxshotboi
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 11:57:03 PM
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man how can u give 50 cent game a good score seriously do game reviewers actually know wat they are doin i highly doubt that that game will compare to any of the crappy games that have come out so far i think i would enjoy playin assassins creed for a 100 times before that stupid game i think he should just jump off a cliff for bein in a game i think only def jam was a good artist based game

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Totalz
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 5:51:49 PM

someone needs to learn when to use full stops. And to play a game before making an idiotic comment

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 1:14:55 AM
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You people should PLAY the game first, please. I'm not the only one who says it's a fun game.

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 1:50:43 AM
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Wu Tang.. taste the pants as my mates used to call it, I really enjoyed it tho.

legally it was the closet you could get to Thrill kill... as it ran on the same engine.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 2:35:54 AM
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Even if its the greatest game ever made I would rather not subject myself to anything related to 50cent. He makes me want to pour gasoline all over my body and jump into a bonfire.

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Common Cence
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 3:23:29 AM
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The sad thing is that 90% of the gamers that say this game sucks have not and will not even play the game so what right do they have to judge the game.

IGN gave it a 7, GS gave it a 7, and PSXextreme gave it a 7 this is almost the strongest average score and since its a 50 cent game people would be biased and say its not good without anything to base their judgment upon.

Before you judge the game try playing it first, try imagining it's some other guy your playing and not 50 cent, and play the game.

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Fane1024
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 5:18:36 PM

The game may have turned out decent (good for the devs!), but it should never have been made in the first place.

A crystal skull? Seriously?

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 1:54:08 AM

Just wanted to say that your obvious nod to Common is most appreciated. =)

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 3:13:54 PM
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Okay common with that logic I want you to approach your mother and give her a nice long french kiss and imagine she isn't your mother.

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Fane1024
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 5:19:24 PM

Is Common posting on here?

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Common Cence
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 4:16:17 AM

The difference is one is real and one is a videogame.

With your logic there is planet owned by glowing eyed soldiers and we better call the ISA to protect us.

Seriously you're obviously biased against rap to begin with. Let me guess you've heard Gangsta, New School, and Dance rap and never heard Lupe.

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Totalz
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 5:54:55 PM

Lol...wonder if he did it to prove his point.

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dirdiggler
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 4:21:33 PM
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Why is everyone bitchin bout fiddy? 1 of the greatest rap artist of all time an all you nerds on here dissin him. Game is real good, if u never played it stfu already.

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Fane1024
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 5:22:57 PM

While I personally agree with Vertigo (see below), I doubt even a hip-hop aficionado would rate Fiddy highly.

He's a ridiculous self-promoting blow-hard...oh, wait, I guess those are the "talents" which make a top rapper.

Does anyone else who LIKES hip-hop have an opinion?

Last edited by Fane1024 on 2/26/2009 5:26:27 PM

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SubjectiveTruth
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 9:16:48 PM

I like rap/hip hop and my genre has died. All though I mostly blame Lil' Wayne for that. Gangster rap has died.
Oh I forgot, I'm supposed to rate fifty cent. Ok well back in the day he had a couple good songs, other wise I think he started the trend that killed gangster rap. Things like "I get money" would be said once in a really good gangster song, then they started making entire songs "I get money I-I get money" all centered about that one line, because people liked it. And of course the rappers did what made money.

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SubjectiveTruth
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 9:17:33 PM

I like rap/hip hop and my genre has died. All though I mostly blame Lil' Wayne for that. Gangster rap has died.
Oh I forgot, I'm supposed to rate fifty cent. Ok well back in the day he had a couple good songs, other wise I think he started the trend that killed gangster rap. Things like "I get money" would be said once in a really good gangster song, then they started making entire songs "I get money I-I get money" all centered about that one line, because people liked it. And of course the rappers did what made money.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 4:50:25 PM
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The best rap artist is equivalent to my best turd.

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PS3_Wizard
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 11:41:35 AM

You are a stupid biased punk, if you hate rap so much, take your country listening ass to a new article. Stop stinking up the comment section.

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Randomhero1
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @ 6:03:37 PM
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I loved Bulletproof, It was Fun to play, to me anyway. I cant wait to play Blood On The Sand!

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PS3_Wizard
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 11:46:59 AM
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It seems like there is entirely too much people who don't like Rap in this comment thread. I might even consider it racist. I bet 90% of you who say "who gave a 50 Cent game that high a score? They must be stupid", have never played BoTS. Feel free to remove yourselves from this article if you are only gonna spread you're bile and feces all over the place.

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dlte
Friday, March 20, 2009 @ 12:16:24 AM

Oh, please enlighten us. Just because people don't like rap doesn't make it racist. I know it's easy to play the race card, but do you really have to???

Vertigo, what's your problem? We get it, you don't like rap, good for you.

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YashaZz
Sunday, February 13, 2011 @ 5:54:48 AM
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Bulletproof was on my PS2 collection couple of years back, it was a very fun game to play.
I guess it's just matter of taste: I've listen maybe not to all but MANY of 50's albums and back in the day he was my favorite rapper.
Seeing the score, I'm sure Blood on the Sand is a fun game too, but I just grew out of such games now, I have a more snobby'er taste, if you understand.

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TheCanadianGuy
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 3:08:08 PM
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this was a fun little guilty pleasure game. (as long as your mute button works!)

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