Reviewed: November 4, 2006
Released: September 12, 2006
I don’t really consider myself to be a gangsta. I don’t own a “nine” and I have never “capped” someone. I go to college and play games. That’s about the extent of my life right now, but I dream of so much more. I have always had hopes though that someday I could be just like 50 Cent. I’ve never been shot, but I know a few people from where I work that could change that. I could get a “grill” and buy some rims for my ’97 F-150. I could live my dreams. I can see it happening…maybe…probably not.
Until that time I am stuck playing 50 Cent: Bulletproof G-Unit Edition for the PSP. The console versions of 50 Cent, to put it as nicely as I can, sucked. With that being said I was a little hesitant over playing this game. I figured that it had about as much chance of being a good game as I do of becoming a true gangsta. After playing through it I was surprised, I actually had a BETTER chance of becoming a true gangsta!
The game starts you off at a crime scene. Apparently someone was shot and for some reason ‘50’ is on the roof of a building overlooking the scene. These details become available later but I don’t want to ruin it for you. Well, what happens next is an absolute miracle. ‘50’ gets shot in the back by a mysterious individual multiple times. He lives, of course, and plans to get revenge on this mysterious individual. Along the way you get help from many different people including a crooked cop who is played by Eminem. It’s not exactly the most original plot.
You’re stationed in this tiny little neighborhood called the Hood. You have several friends that can sell you ammo, armor, new clothing, extra health in the form of painkillers, new attacks, new songs, new music videos, and even cheats to make the game easier. The cheats you won’t be able to afford until after you play through the game once so don’t worry about those because you won’t play through more than once, if that.
The songs and music videos are probably the best thing to buy. You can set your own soundtrack to play during the game using some of 50 Cent’s music. When you purchase music videos you can view them anytime from the main menu or during the game by hitting start and choosing that option. This just may be the best part of the game. There are quite a few videos to choose from and even more songs.
The game requires you to leave the area, via subway, and track down this man that shot you. Each new area offers new obstacles. You may be in a mansion and have to find different keys to open different doors, and of course you’ll have to ‘cap’ a few baddies along the way. You’ll find clues that will lead you to different areas until you finally track down the guy that shot you. After each area is complete then you will travel back to the Hood until you’re ready for the next area to get new advice, upgrades, heath, or whatever else you need.
The game features a ton of different weapons to use on those wannabe gangstas. Each class of weapon has quite a few different options that you will pick up throughout the game. For example, there are about 6 or 7 pistols found throughout the game, but you can only carry one at a time. Some pack more force but can only hold a few bullets at a time while others might as well be peashooters but can hold large amounts of ammo. This adds a bit of strategy to the game.
The controls are pretty easy. The game utilizes a lock on feature similar to Grand Theft Auto for the shooting and attacking. There is also a neat feature for executing someone. If you get close enough to your enemy, occasionally, you’ll be able to execute your enemy in fashion via a counter. Depending on what weapon you’re using, you will counter their attack, grab them, and perform a unique kill. This can be somewhat entertaining, although it doesn’t always work. Overall the controls handle well and can be fun at times.
There is even multiplayer support available for up to 4 players. The only problem is that you have to find four friends that actually want to play this game.
What kills this game as far as gameplay is the length and complexity of the story. The game will take you about 5 hours to beat and for most of the game you will forget about the story. Sure, it’s there, but who cares. For most of the game you will be just killing countless generic enemies. The game doesn’t really suck you into the action so most of the game feels like a chore. You go collect some clue, kill tons of generic baddies along the way, and…and…boring. This game will put you too sleep as far as the action and story are concerned. It does nothing new, and what it does well isn’t done well enough.
The in-game graphics are bad, or not good, whichever you prefer. I’m convinced that you only actually face 6 or 7 different enemies throughout the game. The hundreds of generic baddies that you come across are actually only about 3 different people. They all look the same. The other 3 or 4 are bosses. The cut-scenes are great but those are few and far between. Most of the game just isn’t pretty and again will put you to sleep.
If you love rap music and are big fan of 50 Cent then you’ll love this game’s soundtrack. It’s full of 50 Cent and G Unit music. Personally I’m not the biggest rap fan around so I found the tracks to be a little on the distracting side. The gunshots are repetitive since you kill so many people. Occasionally you’ll here one of the enemies yell something but it gets lost in the music.
The game is packed full of good voice-over work from the likes of ‘50’ himself, Eminem, and Dr. Dre. They all do great jobs lending their voices to the game and some kind of credibility to a not so credible game.
If you like 50 Cent and want to support him by purchasing his game then by all means don’t let me stand in your way. If you are just looking for a fun game to play than don’t buy this one. There are a number of PSP games that are better than this even if there is rap music in it.
After playing this game I came to the sad realization that being a gangsta isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe I don’t want to be a gangsta anymore. It looks like I have to come up with another dream. Cowboys are cool. Maybe I’ll be cowboy…yeah a cowboy!