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March 22, 2005
50 Cent: Bulletproof - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
6/4/2006VivendiGenuine Games1$79.95

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50 Cent looks very realistic.
50 Cent has nothing to do with your wallet. Well actually it does but the 50 Cent in this game refers to the American rapper. As is the case with anything hugely popular the marketing machine is in motion and Vivendi snapped up the rights to make a game starring the rapper who has in real life survived being shot nine times - adding to his notoriety. 50 Cent: Bulletproof isn't actually based on 50's real life experience but rather is a fictional story made up for the game. I mean 50 Cent may appear to be a bad boy in real life, but he certainly doesn't run around shooting people with submachine guns!

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Battle on the streets.
In 50 Cent's video game 50 Cent: Bulletproof, 50 Cent gets caught in a web of corruption, double-crosses and shady deals that lead him on a bloody path through New York's drug underworld. Teaming up with his G Unit crew, 50 Cent takes on the most dangerous crime families in the city, uncovering an international conspiracy with devastating implications.

The storyline may not sound too original however the script is being written by Sopranos executive producer Terry Winter, who is also writing 50 Cent's big screen biopic, Get Rich or Die Tryin', a movie which will be released in late 2005 - the same time as this game, somewhat unsurprisingly.

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To kill, or not to kill.
50 Cent: Bulletproof is a third person shooter. While we haven't seen a lot of the game in action yet 50 will be able to perform all of the typical moves such as jumping, diving, shooting, using objects (such as large bins) as shields while firing weapons, taking enemies hostage, and performing special takedown moves. 50 Cent will be able to interact with a wide variety of people in the city including weapons dealers, bootlegger, informants and pawnbrokers. As the game progresses 50 will also be able to recruit members of G-Unit including Lloyd Banks (who specialises in break-ins), Young Buck (who specialises in weapons) and Tony Yayo (who specialises in "fucking niggas up" according to the trailer) on various missions.

Perhaps even cooler is the news from Vivendi that both Eminem and Dr Dre will be appearing in the game as well. Both have provided their voices and likenesses to the game and will play characters named McVicar and Grizz respectively. I'm sure that made a lot more of you sit up now didn't it!

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At gunpoint.
Graphics in 50 Cent: Bulletproof looks quite impressive. We'll admit we've only seen a short trailer and these few screens but the game certainly looks like pushing the PS2 pretty hard. The trailer shows a wide range of moves available with suitable animations. When you get bored of all the action the developers are including around a dozen of 50 Cent and G-Units music video clips to keep you occupied.

As you could expect from a game featuring one of the worlds most popular musicians, and his G-Unit crew there is going to be plenty of terrific audio from those performers. In fact 50 Cent has even recorded original songs for the game and several hours of dialogue including plenty of obscenities. Apparently the game will even feature a section where you can remix tracks yourself - although we're unsure if this will make it into the game given the PS2's limited (memory card) storage.

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50 Cent and his crew.
We have to say that we're still not convinced either way about this title. It really could be a spectacular action game or a dismal failure. Vivendi are spending big bucks on the game (or was it big bucks on signing 50 Cent?), but it's the developer Genuine Games that we're most concerned about. Their previous, and only, title was Fight Club - a title widely regarded as one of the worst ever on PS2.

As many of you will be aware the game was originally set to be released in late 2005, however the OFLC, despite originally rating the game MA15+ reviewed the title and re-classified it to Refused Classification, essentially banning it here. Vivendi have subsequently submitted a revised edition which we are getting here. From what we've been led to believe the arcade mode has been removed leaving the story mode in the game. It's not a massive loss, and to compensate Vivendi are releasing the game at only $79.95.

Still, 50 Cent: Bulletproof looks quite special so if the gameplay can match then this could be a big surprise when it releases in April. If rumours are to be believed Vivendi are already planning a sequel which shows their faith in the title at the very least - and indeed it has already amassed over a million sales around the world.