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The War Crimes of 50 Cent: Thoughts on 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

In the world of film there’s good movies, bad movies, and a lot of movies that lie somewhere in between. But it’s the ‘B movies’,the special, lower budget films, that turn out to be weirdly endearing. Sure they’ve got faults, but there’s enough good things in them to make you watch them. There’s usually some wild, crazy aspect that makes you appreciate them for what they are. Good entertainment.

The 2009 video game 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand is the game that I’ve played that feels most like a  great B Movie. It’s got a silly premise, it’s over the top, offensive, partially retarded,  and it’s damn fun.

The plot of the game is basically non existent and serves only as an excuse to propel Fiddy into a series of increasingly ludicrous and violent situations.

You play as Mr. Cent, and the game begins with you performing a concert in some giant stadium in some unnamed city in some geographic area that resembles the middle east. We have to assume it’s the middle east, cause there’s lots of sand, hence the title, and everyone speaks with a bad accent. Promptly after finishing the concert, Mr. Cent tries to collect eh 10 MILLION DOLLARS that his promoter guy is supposed to owe him, but his promoter guy is broke.

He got robbed by some terrorist/gangster/warlord guy and has no cash. So when Fiddy ever so politely threatens to kill the shit outta him unless he pays, he forks over a priceless artifact, the McGuffin of the story, a diamond and jewel encrusted skull.

Which promptly is stolen by people who work for the terrorist/gangster/warlord in the next scene. Fiddy gets double crossed, tripled crossed, and I’m pretty sure at one point even quadrupple crossed by various people who either want to kill him for no reason, or steal his skull. So he sets off to shoot a ton of dudes until he can get his skull back.

And shoot a tons of dudes he does, like so many dudes I’m pretty sure Mr. Cent could rightfully be charged with war crimes of some sort. And in shooting tons of dudes there’s some blood, also hence the title.

The game plays just like Gears of War, but without the roadie run and unfortunately also without the chainsaw gun.

You run into new areas, duck behind cover, shoot terrorist henchmen and then proceed into the next area to repeat the process. It’s fun, cause it’s not especially difficult, you can pretty much run n gun most of the time. So they gameplay’s not bad, it’s just basic stop n pop, and it’s fun in a mindless sort of way, it’s just the whole game itself is kinda offensive to anyone with moral sensibilities of almost any sort.

First off lets begin with the main character 50 Cent. He’s not a soldier, he’s a rapper. He’s not fighting through the middle east in an effort to liberate some country from the throngs of terror, he’s not trying to save anyone, he’s just in this whole situation for the money.

It’s a little hard to identify with him honestly, I mean I’m just a white guy livin’ in suburbia, I’ve never performed at a concert and expected 10 million dollars, I’ve also never been shot. The biggest problem is the motivation moving the story along, Fiddy wants to get paid. That’s it, you’re killing all these guys because you want a skull covered in diamonds. There’s just not a bit of nobility there.

So all the dudes that you kill in the game, you kill in the quest for money, your own personal greed as Mr. Cent. You want your skull back, and you will murder as many people as it takes to get it.

Sure they’ve all got machine guns and bad dispositions, but when you’re raining down hellfire and machine gun bullets at them from a helicopter, killing at least a few hundred guys in one level, you can’t help but think about the cycle of violence begetting violence, is getting a priceless skull really worth having the lives of all these men on your conscience?

Should I just go cut my loses and go home, cause I think what happens in the game might be considered an international incident.

It’s something I’ve never had to ponder before in my video games. In Call of Duty, the bad guys are either nazis or terrorists and you’re a soldier in a war, so it’s ok to shoot them in their faces. In Halo you’re shooting monster aliens, so it’s not just ok, it’s required to shoot them in their alien monster faces.

But in 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, well I feel that it’s safe to say that all the people that Fiddy shoots are at least “Bad Guys“, cause they work for a terrorist/gangster/warlord, but it still seems a little bit unnecessary. Fiddy comes out of the experience looking like a monster, he can kill hundreds of men, call them all bitches, and then continue killing, all so he can get his bling.

In addition to proving to being a cold hearted, gangsta killa, Fiddy refers to all the women in the game as “Bitches”, which would be more offensive, if half the women int he game weren’t middle eastern hookers/strippers. YAY FOR MISOGYNY!

50CENT IS THE BEST ROLE MODEL EVER!

So yeah If you can get past the moral quandaries and general douchitude that Fiddy brings to the table, you’ll probably enjoy 50 Cent: Blood On The Sand.

Cause to be honest the game’s hilarious. It’s so fucking stupid, I can hardly believe it even got made.

SERIOUSLY. YOU’RE THE RAPPER 50 CENT FIGHTING TERRORIST BAD GUYS IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO GET SOME BLING.

The game even has a taunt button that you can use to say various offensive things.

I’m pretty sure if you were a dumb ass 13 year old kid into rap music this would be “The Best Game Ever Made OMG!!!

But the problem is that the game plays well enough that all the stupid shit manages to become just part of the charm. It’s like Army of Two but even less serious, it’s like the short bus version of Gears of War.

I’m pretty sure that the people who made the game did so with tongues firmly planted in their cheeks. There’s no way to go about this material without a sense of humor. Which is the reason that the game gets a pass, because to be offended by something this retarded would be stupid.

Nothing this dumb should be taken seriously, and because the game is so silly it somehow manages to work.

There’s an undeniable charm to shooting a ton of faceless terrorist bad guys, hearing Fiddy yell something about getting his skull back, all while listening to really classy lyrics like these:

Nigga, it?s not a war when there’s casualties on one side, I ride
Turn it up on you niggas after Jay ride by
I click-clack, that?s that, I don’t flash, I mash
I wave the Uzi at ?em, I make a movie out ?em

Nigga, my gun go off
You see the barrell turnin’, you feel the hollows burnin’
Nigga, now you learnin’, nigga, my gun go off
Call it attempted murder, nigga, I’m tryin? to merk you
When I come back bustin’, nigga, my gun go off

The Games I Finished This Past Week pt1

Ok so my video game playing habits aren’t exactly timely.

I usually buy a game when I see it on sale, play the first few hours, and then let it sit on a shlef for a few year before picking it up again.

So as I’m currently single, and not really in the mood to pursue anything beside laziness, I’ve decided to make up for some lost time and actually beat some of the games that I started back in the day.

CONDEMNED 2: BLOODSHOT

So back in the day there was an Xbox 360 launch title “Condemned: Criminal Origins”. It was a first person shooter where you play as a detective in a spooky, dark city and you go around in dark, spooky places looking for clues and stuff relating to some horrible murders. There’s a conspiracy plot of some sort, and all sorts of creepy homeless thugs try to kill you.

Now calling the game a shooter is kinda a misnomer, as you spend most of the game hitting bad dudes, who are probably angry crackheads or something, with various blunt or sharp objects that you pull from the environment. Some things are better than others, axes hurt more than pipes for example, but mostly you just beat crackheads and sometimes ghostly crackheads to death with whatever is lying around. The game was scary as shit, cause everything is dark and spooky, and Monolith, the guys who made the game are seasoned pros at the scary game business.

I enjoyed the game a whole ton, cause it pretty much plays like this:

Walking through dark, spooky, burnt out building/subway/school/library. Lots of freaky shadows. Hey I found some evidence for that crime type thing we’re investigating! Hey now I’m walking through this even spookier section of this burnt out, dark building. OOOHHH SHIT THIS FUCKIN CRACKHEAD GUY JUST JUMPED OUT AT ME. HE’S ALL FREAKY AND SHIT!!!

SPOOKY CRACKHEADS!!!

Proceed to taser and then beat crackhead(s) till they stop attacking you.

Repeat.

Now I know my description doesn’t really do the game justice, but It’s the scariest game on the Xbox 360.

But unfortunately I wasn’t finishing up the first game I was finishing up the sequel. For some reason your detective character from the first game has turned into a dark, sinister, alcoholic version of himself; who looks almost as menacing as your average video game bad guy. You look freaky as fuck, and kinda snarl at just about everything. Your partner lady named Rosa from the first game also returns, but now she’s changed ethnicity.

The game starts out alright, with you goin’ through spooky places beatin’ spooky crackhead guys to death, but now there’s a full fledged fighting system with all sorts of annoyed moves and button pressing. You no longer are just beatin’ crackheads to death in self defense, you’re performing combos and finishing moves! It feels unnecessarily complex at times, and at other times can be kinda annoying.

Then the plot kicks in, and the conspiracy gets much wackier, with you traveling through a doll factory full of creepy toys, a mountain lodge, a magic theatre, and all sorts of gross burnt out places. There’s all sorts of blood and grue, and all manner of unspeakable nastiness. The game as a whole seems to have just gotten dirtier for the sake of being gross. That’s not a huge qualm for me, but it is noticable.

The thing is the last portion of the game just gets silly, with mercenaries trying to kill you, the evil conspiracy gets dumber, and you get the magic power to explode people’s heads by yelling at them. The whole thing just gets more and more ludicrous, I honestly had to use Wikipedia to figure out was supposed to be going on.

For the most part, the biggest flaws are in the second half of the game, the game ends up relying too much on guns, and that kills the atmosphere. You get a magic head exploding power, which is just dumb, and the plot turns retarded.

The graphics are much improved, and the game is still quite scary at many parts, just overall I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the first, it just felt like the developers were trying to hard to be gritty and dark and disturbing and cool this time around and they lost track of what made the first game so enjoyable.

The bottom line is that you can pick up the first game for about 8 bucks used and the sequel for about 10 bucks. So for less than 20 dollars you can get one great survival horror shooter/crackhead beating simulation, and its sequel full of wacky plot developments. I recommend the first game as one of my favorites on the Xbox 360, and I figure if you like the first one you could do a lot worse for 10 bucks.