50 Cent: Blood on the Sand review

  • Silly and relentless in a good way
  • Fast, stylish combat
  • You have a friggen swear button
  • Scenario is ludicrous
  • Most guns sound like toys
  • Action is repetitive

Blood on the Sand is a work of mad genius. It’s all about killing, smashing stuff, collecting trinkets and swearing – using a swear button – to the beat of the most aggressive rap 50 Cent has to offer. It’s silly, relentless and – in a guilty way – pretty fantastic.

The scenario is ludicrous, but totally in keeping with the rest of the game’s bullet-riddled lunacy. 50 Cent and G-Unit have just finished their gig in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, and instead of a briefcase full of dollars in payment, the shady promoter offers a skull encrusted with diamonds. This is promptly swiped as Fiddy and friends are driving out of town, and the rest of the game sees Fiddy and friends shooting up the city to take back what was rightfully theirs.

As a third-person shooter, Blood on the Sand feels rough and ready. Although it runs on the same tech as Unreal Tournament 3, it doesn’t offer the same polish or seriousness. Most guns sound like toys, generic characters are copied and pasted from firefight to firefight, and the action is repetitive. However, the true beauty of the game is in its honesty. Blood on the Sand knows it’s a cheap and cheerful arcade shooter, so all it does is chuck enemies into your line of fire and give you rewards for killing them.

Much like Sega’s flawed and ignored gem, The Club, BotS encourages you to slaughter quickly and stylishly. Kill a grunt and you get a 2x point multiplier, which disappears after a few seconds. Off someone else before your multiplier runs out, and you get a 3x multiplier, then a 4x and so on. Extra points are awarded for everything from headshots to smashing up scenery, so the more damage you cause, the higher your tally at the end.

You can play online co-op, buy new swear words (really), unlock 50’s back catalogue and learn horrific close-combat moves, including the ability to stab a man in the arse. It’s only about six hours long, too, despite the replay potential. Classy this ain’t, but fun it most definitely is.

Feb 24, 2009

More Info

Release date: Feb 24 2009 - PS3, Xbox 360 (US)
Feb 20 2009 - PS3, Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Published by: THQ
Developed by: Swordfish Studios
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:


  • dorrick - February 27, 2009 7:45 p.m.

    Wow, goldenme and rabbit sound like lonely pc fag nerd fanboys. Get over it, it's called progress. You sound like 50 year old men crying bout how things are changing like people wearing purple hair or peircing their nose. If people want to play their RTS on consoles who cares is it hurting you? An did you notice we are in a recession? So why wouldnt sonic be appealing to its main demographic kids! If you think there are more adults then kids that like sonic you are seriously mistaken. Stop crying and start enjoying ur style of games. I might try this out with some buddies, looks fun i kno if the club had a co-op it would of been way better since me an a buddy rented it. So it's cool see this game has the same set up with co-op.
  • RebornKusabi - February 26, 2009 3:48 a.m.

    I have been playing this game and I gotta be honest, I like it! It's a little rough and it lacks some of the next gen appeal but goddamnit is it fun. I would say rent it if you can though, as my expectations WERE pretty low so I don't know how you would feel about the game but it was alright in my book and a solid 7. Average, but not bad nor not good. reCAPTCHA: WNYC-AM Randall
  • GoldenMe - February 25, 2009 4:26 a.m.

    This a 7. We now live in a time where RTS are on consoles, Sega is killing their mascot with fucking Sonic Team, and this game is decent. I feel sad now. Just sad.
  • reggie2oo9 - May 16, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    borrowed it off my mate didnt like it at all couldnt get my head around the start someone owes 50 cent 10 million for something and sum guy gives him a priceless diamond skull :-S. confusing dont buy it
  • jackrabbitslims - February 26, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    I'm with GoldenMe, all of this madness yet the world keeps spinning. I'm not going to play this, not even rent it. Usually I would try anything but the plot sounds like it was written by an eight year old.
  • VinylSiding - February 25, 2009 2:55 a.m.

    might be fun but I would be embarrassed to have that game listed on my gamertag
  • Gahmah - February 25, 2009 1:41 a.m.

    heh, sounds like it'd be fun to rent on a friday night with friends

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