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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.
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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?
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