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50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Game Poster Image
Rapper's game is violent, nonsensical, potentially offensive

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game stars African American musicians as gun-toting action movie stars. The main bad guy is an ex-CIA operative. Strippers can be seen dancing suggestively in a dance club, but there is no nudity.


This game isn't too gory, but players must shoot to kill a few hundred enemies by using one of 20 weapons (machine guns, rocket launchers, pistols, etc) or melee attacks with a knife. Some battles feature closeup hand-to-hand combat. Blood can be seen on enemies, plus bonus points are awarded for skilled (quick) kills.


A strip joint has scantily-clad women who dance provocatively -- but there is no nudity.


In dialogue and lyrics, strong language can be heard including words such as "motherf--ker," f-ck," sh-t" and others. Some lyrics refer to drugs.


This is a game about rapper 50 Cent, and is the second game featuring him.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

While minor, the game makes reference to a heroin distribution center and some of the lyrics refer to crack-cocaine.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this video game is for mature players only. While not pushing the envelope, it has violence, language, excessive language, and suggestive themes. Gamers can slow down the kills for a dramatic effect and are rewarded for savvy kills. Some of these kills result from hand-to-hand violence and melee (knife) kills. The game takes you to strip clubs, and makes references to heroin and cocaine.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 year old Written bytrevor johnson October 3, 2009
Adult Written byBozzy August 17, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written bytommy18 January 23, 2010

Cent isn't much of a role model.

Its not as bad as GTA, Apart from 50 cent, It approves murdering and drugs. Which I do not like. The sexual content is quite moderate again not as bad as GTA. I... Continue reading
Kid, 1 years old March 2, 2009


50 is the best

What's it about?

One of the world's hottest rap stars is back -- inside a video game. Following the success of 2006's 50 Cent: Bulletproof, THQ's 50 CENT: BLOOD ON THE SAND once again lets players take command of "Fiddy" in an over-the-top action game, this time battling enemies in a war-torn middle-eastern country. The story is quite ridiculous, however, as the rapper performs to a sold-out crowd in this fictitious country, only to find his payment -- a diamond-encrusted skull -- has been stolen by a local crime lord (a former CIA operative, no less). And so you and your trusty G-Unit group must battle baddies to collect your payday and teach this ruthless thief a lesson.

Played from a third-person perspective, gamers -- as 50 Cent -- must run and gun through dangerous locations, find cover, and take down enemies with automatic guns or by using close-quarter knife kills. The "Mature"-rated action isn't for young eyes as enemies are slaughtered up close, with plenty of bloody scenes, and it's not for young ears either because of strong language, racy lyrics, and drug references.

Is it any good?

If you don't mind (or even enjoy) this kind of violent game, and can get past the silly premise, you'll find 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand a better game than its predecessor thanks to tight controls, vehicle-based levels (including a helicopter ride), optional co-op multiplayer, upgradeable weapons, and more than 40 hip-hop tracks (18 of which are exclusive, plus the disc also has nine classic music videos). Mature "Fiddy" fans with a yen for this kind of gun play will find this game a good all-around pick.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not this game's content is surprising. The game stars 50 Cent, a successful rap and hip-hop star who came from the streets and is known for his tough image and strong language. Would an "E"-rated 50 Cent game make sense? Do players expect a M-rated game from 50 Cent? How does this game affect 50Cent's media image?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: February 24, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes

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