50 Cent: Bulletproof

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50 Cent: Bulletproof
50 Cent Bulletproof.jpg
Developer(s) Genuine Games
Interscope
High Voltage Software (PSP)
Publisher(s) Sierra Entertainment
Vivendi Games (PSP)
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox
Release date(s)
  • NA November 17, 2005
  • EU November 25, 2005

PSP:

  • NA August 29, 2006
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player, ad hoc multiplayer (PSP)
Distribution DVD, UMD

50 Cent: Bulletproof is a video game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles. 50 Cent: Bulletproof was reworked into a PlayStation Portable version and titled 50 Cent: Bulletproof G Unit Edition, with a top-down perspective. A sequel, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, was released on February 24, 2009 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The story revolves around protagonist hip hop musician 50 Cent's search for vengeance against the hitmen who attempted to murder him. The game features members of the G-Unit rap crew as a gang. Dr. Dre plays an arms dealer, Eminem plays a corrupt police officer, and DJ Whoo Kid plays himself as a person selling "bootlegged" music (of the G-Unit camp) out of his trunk. A soundtrack album titled, Bulletproof, was released by DJ Red Heat's Shadyville Entertainment. It won "Best Original Song" in the 2005 Spike TV Video Game Awards.

G-Unit edition[edit]

On August 29, 2006, Vivendi Games released a G-Unit edition for the PlayStation Portable. While the story and cut-scenes are the same as the console counterpart, the game eschews the third-person perspective game-play for a top-down, isometric viewpoint. Also added is multiplayer game-play through ad hoc wireless connectivity. The PlayStation Portable version featured a "Vitamin Water" mini-game in which you play as 50-Cent at the apex of his business endeavors.

Plot[edit]

The game takes place in modern day New York City. Approximately 1 hour before the opening incident, 50 Cent receives a dire page from his old cell mate K-Dog, begging him for help. He quickly agrees to help K-Dog and moves to the planned meeting location. This leads to an ambush where 50 is shot several times in the back, by a masked stranger and is left for dead. Upon receiving shoddy medical treatment, 50 gathers his fellow G-Unit soldiers Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and Tony Yayo to exact revenge on his enemies. He quickly finds himself being dragged back into the criminal underworld, where he must battle powerful gangs and crime syndicates that have taken over the streets of New York. In the end, this all largely leads to a major, criminal conspiracy with international implications.

Fellow Rappers including Eminem (as Detective McVicar) and Dr.Dre (as street-wise war veteran 'Grizz') will aid 50 Cent in this (approximately) 8 hour, action-packed adventure.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 47.38% (PS2)[2]
51.75% (Xbox)[3]
53.56% (PSP)[4]
Metacritic 47/100 (PS2)[5]
50/100 (Xbox)[6]
52/100 (PSP)[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com D+ (PSP)[8]
AllGame 3.5/5 stars (PS2, Xbox)[9]
2.5/5 stars (PSP)[10]
Computer and Video Games 7/10 (PS2, PSP)[11][12]
Edge 2/10 (PS2, Xbox)[13]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 3.3/10 (PS2, Xbox)[5][6]
4.5/10 (PSP)[14]
Eurogamer 4/10 (PS2)[15]
5/10 (PSP)[16]
Game Informer 6/10 (PS2, Xbox)[17]
6.25/10 (PSP)[18]
GamePro 2/5 stars (PS2)[19]
GamesRadar 2.5/5 stars (PS2, Xbox)[20]
2/5 stars (PSP)[21]
GameSpot 4.8/10 (PS2, Xbox)[22]
5.1/10 (PSP)[23]
GameSpy 1.5/5 stars (PS2, Xbox)[24]
GameTrailers 5.2/10 (PSP)[25]
GameZone 5/10 (PSP)[26]
IGN 6.5/10 (PS2, Xbox)[27]
5/10 (PSP)[28]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3/10 (PS2)[5]
Official Xbox Magazine 5/10 (Xbox)[29]
Official Xbox Magazine UK 4/10 (Xbox)[30]
PlayStation Magazine 4/10 (PS2)[31]
5.5/10 (PSP)[32]
PlayStation 3 Magazine 4.8/10 (PS2)[33] 4.7/10 (PSP)[34]
TeamXbox 6.8/10 (Xbox)[35]
X-Play 1/5 stars (PS2, Xbox)[36]
2/5 stars (PSP)[37]
USA Today 3/5 stars (PS2, Xbox)[38]

50 Cent Bulletproof received generally mixed reviews due to poor game-play mechanics, but it was praised for its solid story line. It received 1 out of 5 and a Golden Mullet from X-Play.[36] In spite of this, it received a positive rating of 8/10 from Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine.

The PlayStation Portable G-Unit Edition was also received by mostly mixed reviews from critics. GameSpot's Alex Navarro did, however, say that it was a better game than the PS2 or Xbox versions."[23]

References[edit]

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