I don’t know how many of our readers were unlucky enough to play 50 Cent: Bulletproof a couple years ago. I was one of those unfortunate souls, and I’ll say this: the game was just about unplayable, containing some of the worst shooting mechanics of any game I have ever played.
But somehow it sold a couple million copies, and Vivendi thought a sequel was in order. This one is called 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, and it features a plot that is, ah, reminiscent of one of this summer’s major blockbusters.
IGN did an interview with the game’s producer, Aaron Blean, who spilled the beans:
“50 and G-Unit are putting on a sold-out performance somewhere in a fictional Middle Eastern setting. This is where the ‘blood on the sand’ comes in. They put on the performance; the people are pleased, but the concert promoter stiffs them and doesn’t give 50 and G-Unit their payment.
So, of course, 50 isn’t going to leave until he gets paid, so he hassles the concert promoter, [saying] if he doesn’t come up with the money now, there will be consequences. And instead, the promoter offers him a very valuable gift – something that’s valuable to this particular country – a diamond encrusted skull.
So 50 gets the skull, and as he’s about to leave this war-torn country, when they’re ambushed and the skull is taken. They escape the ambush, but they’re without the skull. So 50’s motivated to get what belongs to him. So basically, throughout the game, he’s trying to track these people down and find out who they are and why he was ambushed.”
More interesting to me than the Indy similarity is the cheap and exploitative way it basically inserts 50 Cent into the Iraq War. I bet somebody at Vivendi was playing Call of Duty 4 last year and said to his buddy, “This shit is so great. Just imagine how much better this would be if you were playing as 50 Cent instead of this fucking Marine.” Blean mentioned they had “some really good writers” working on the game. He also told MTV that 50 himself helped create the story. 50 Cent clearly has his creative energies focused in the right direction.
There might be reason to look forward to this game, however. Blean says “it’s not going to be anything like the first game,” and that it “will definitely deliver the ultimate 50 Cent experience.” Thank god for that. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the ultimate 50 Cent experience for my entire life.
Those who are still reading this might interested to know the game will feature a Gears of War Marcus/Dom dynamic; the entire game will have 50 and one of members of G-Unit (your choice) fighting side by side and will also include co-op.
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand will hit the PS3 and 360 late this year. For more details and photos and shit, check out MTV and IGN.