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

GR: Tell us a bit about the taunts, what do they do? How did you pick them? And most importantly, can we hear some examples?

JW: You start the game with 1 taunt pack unlocked - you can buy an additional 5 packs in the shop. Each pack contains a range of taunts you trigger by pressing the left stick. Trigger a taunt at the end of a kill and you get a modifier that increases the score - if you can, it’s always a good idea to fire taunts off at the end of a kill sequence. They were scripted by our Lead Level Designer, taking inspiration from 50 cent interviews and videos, and were then edited in the studio by 50 cent and G-Unit to make sure they were totally authentic.

GR: The first 50 Cent game took place in the city. How does its story connect to that of Blood in the Sand? What is the story premise in Blood on the Sand?

JW: The two stories aren’t connected at all.  We very much wanted to position this game in a different space to the 1st game in order to reinforce the idea that this is completely new development by a new team. The story was written by Kamran Pasha (Sleeper Cell, Bionic Woman) in collaboration with the Executive team in the US, incorporating feedback from 50 Cent himself. Basically 50 and G-Unit travel to this fictional country to perform a concert - after being stiffed for their cash they’re paid in kind with a diamond encrusted skull that is subsequently stolen by the local crime-lord’s gang. Cue an all-out battle through the city and out into the heart of darkness to recover the skull.

GR: What was the motive behind this change of scenery?

JW: It was to both differentiate this title from the original Bulletproof and to make the title more appealing to a broader audience. We felt that the original setting had been done-to-death by so many titles, offering something different was essential.

GR: Did you guys listen to 50 Cent before developing the game? How about after? Are there any favorite tracks to listen to while unwinding in the break room?

JW: Of course. We’re method developers.

GR: We’ve heard there will be 42 music tracks in the game. Does that make Blood in the Sand partially a music game?

JW: No. It’s an action game with a huge amount of music content.

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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