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50 Cent's Game Director raps about crystal skulls, big-ass guns

GR: Which members of G-unit will you team up with and what are their different strengths and weaknesses?

JW: Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, and DJ Whoo Kid all feature in the game. We decided quite early on in development to have AI and characteristic parity between the different members of G-Unit. There’s always that danger that if you build different strengths and weaknesses into your in-game characters players can feel like they’ve made a bad choice if they find a specific section more challenging than they’re comfortable with. That wouldn’t have been appropriate for this title.

GR: Did 50 have much involvement with the game’s development? Or is that being left to the professionals?

JW: One of the great things about working with 50 Cent is that he is involved, he cares about what you do with his brand and his people, and in return makes sure you get support as and when he and his team can spare the time. The man’s a professional and I respect that. He met with our LA team on a couple of occasions, looked at the game, gave feedback and made some requests - he also allowed us to take a wealth of reference photographs to build their in-game equivalents, and worked like a Trojan in the recording studio.

GR: What is a “Brutal Counterkill System” and why is it awesome?

JW: These are the game’s martial moves, if you like the street combat.  With 50 Cent you have this super-physical guy - he’s built like a boxer - and so having him take everyone down exclusively with rocket launchers and machine guns felt a little cheap.  We really wanted 50 to get up-close and personal with the enemies and this system allowed us to do this. There are 15 different moves, 5 that you start the game with and another 10 that you buy from the in-game shop.  Each move was choreographed by an ex-special forces martial arts expert and as such are the real-deal: Muay-Thai, Silat, MMA, street combat attacks.

If you get close enough to an enemy unit all you have to do is press a controller button to initiate the move, and then the same button between 3 and 6 times to continue the move when you see the on-screen radial indicator. If you pull the move off the enemy is taken-down immediately - if you fail, you get knocked back giving the enemy the advantage. More than anything this system is about the feel - it’s tactile and feels really rewarding to use. You’ll love it.

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15 comments

  • fergfighter - January 30, 2009 10:08 p.m.

    fail game is fail. end of.
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - January 29, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    We need more games starring musical artists. How about a Modest Mouse platformer or a Death Cab For Cutie driving game? OOOh, i know, a game where Jessica Simpson goes to Iran and bores everyone into committing suicide.
  • GodlikeApe - January 29, 2009 12:11 p.m.

    It's clearly got the potential to be a fun game, moronic hero or not. Though I agree that slaughtering to rap music isn't ideal. But you people saying that it's going to be rubbish because it's a game about fiddy and the graphics aren't incredible. Ergh. When did people stop playing games for fun?!
  • Akiira - January 28, 2009 7:25 p.m.

    shitty game is shitty
  • Xplosive59 - January 28, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    You cant slaughter to RAP MUSIC and 50 cent can go suck on a turd for all i care thinking that this is a game for the hardcore genre we all Know and love its rediculous
  • nebnamlessac - January 28, 2009 5:07 p.m.

    wow this is probably going to be just as bad as the last game, anything including 50 cent is bound to suck. I've seen a few video's and it doesn't look like anything, special, the graphics definately not as good as the dev's are saying.
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - January 28, 2009 3:31 a.m.

    So it's Gears + The Club with a counter kill system..? Cool I guess? And what rapper gets paid $10,000,000 to perform a show in a foreign country? So the story line is just him being a greedy bastard and killing people because he didn't get his money..
  • skyguy343 - January 28, 2009 2:32 a.m.

    most identifiable rap icon my ass. im pretty sure Tupac already has that entire area tagged
  • lava_lamp - January 28, 2009 12:46 a.m.

    patriotism fail
  • Dr.Mr.Gamer - January 27, 2009 11:35 p.m.

    this has got to be one of the worlds weirdest concepts...
  • scbyfn4evr - January 28, 2009 5:04 p.m.

    Hilarious. Watching the guy try and defend this game and it's awful concept, wtatching him pretend that there's some nobility in the plot, watching him act like he gives a shit about "Fiddy".... Many lawlz to be had.
  • Fionn1 - January 28, 2009 12:49 p.m.

    Its a bizarre premise...I grant ya...but it looks really good, and I doubt they would, even though it is odd, get away with a rapper/special ops/ get me money for me gig/ murderathon with any other rapper....however.. Vanilla ice..with no weapons stuck in iraq being shot alot would be interesting...lol
  • CH3BURASHKA - January 28, 2009 4:51 a.m.

    I first thought this game was badass stupid, but the trailers look pretty damn cool. To quote IGN's 'preview', it's the game you'll play just for the ll of it (that's not a real quote). reCaptcha: outdown firemen
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - January 28, 2009 3:28 a.m.

    So it's Gears + The Club with a counter kill system..? Cool I guess?
  • iKOemos - January 27, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    50 cent fighting terrorists 4 the good of America??? Whatever...

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