|System: PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Genuine||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Vivendi Universal||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept 2006||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1 - 4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|Review by Mike||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Mike Chasselwaite
50 Cent: Bulletproof G Unit Edition is a serious marketing tool for Fiddy and his gang. If you love Fiddy and cant get enough of him this game really, really tries hard to ensure you get enough of him. Premise-wise its designed as a cross between GTA and a five-hour music video. Those that can get enough of Fiddy will have more a lifetime equivalent of his presence at the completion of the game.
For those that arent in awe of the profane, violence-promoting Fiddy, you will find this game to be a lot less colorful than this real life persona. Although comparisons have been made to GTA, Bulletproof is unable to rise above its style to deliver the substance. Its relatively easy to play and that should appeal to gamers that dont have all the time in the world to devote to developing a technique to play such a short game.
In this game, Fiddy is a typical New York hood just trying to make a name for himself when he is shot and left for dead after he attempts to help a friend in trouble. With the help of his posse, Fiddy sets out to find out who wants him dead and to exact revenge on the crime family that tried to do him in. This is done through a variety of missions that will have you using weapons (read: guns) and even your bare hands to neutralize the enemy. The more enemies that you destroy the more cash youll get your hands on with which to purchase new moves, weapons, ammo and superfluous things such as Fiddy tunes and videos. You can also outfit your crib or accessorize your body with bling if you choose to do so.
Unlike the PS2 version, the camera maintains a top-down view instead of a first or 3D third-person perspective. In some respects it works but there are some issues with camera control and the inability to see what lies in the distance. You can change the camera perspective but it requires that you press both the shoulder button and the D-pad which is rather awkward if youre engaged in a fight or any other activity for that matter. There is a map but it doesnt indicate all of the obstacles which may cause you to head down the wrong path only to find it blocked by something not shown on the map. Not being able to rely on the map slows you down considerably. You cant peer into the distance from the characters onscreen perspective which makes the environment feel claustrophobic. Even when you can shift the cameras perspective you cant zoom out far enough to get a birds eye view of the surroundings.
Combat is little more than button mashing. If you lock-on to your target and thrash away at the X button, youre virtually guaranteed to emerge the victor, even during boss battles. Legend has it that Fiddy was shot nine times and lived to tell the tale, but some of these enemies are desperately trying to beat that record. Some of these guys can take a serious amount of lead before they give up the ghost. Either the ghetto has spawned some superhuman mutants or the bullets are made out of aluminum. Once enemies have finally been neutralized, you go through their pockets and take their cash. You can also take away their guns by using the counter-kill move. Another move involves taking an enemy hostage and using him as a human shield. It affords you protection while allowing you to move to more strategic areas of the environment.
Variations of Capture the Flag, Oddball and Deathmatch are included in the four-player modes. You can play with as few as two players as the CPU will play along with you. These modes can be fun but there are some limitations with the ability to see the entire playfield. Fortunately all the players will have the same advantages and disadvantages so the playfield will be even.
Fiddy voices his own character and even had a hand in developing the story and dialog. Other voiceovers include Dr. Dre and member of his G Unit. Surprisingly the acting is very good. The story is also quite entertaining with a good mix of mystery and revenge. The cutscenes are great and help perpetuate the storyline which tends to get lost in the gameplay. If you like Fiddy, you cant beat the music. There are tunes from the Bulletproof movie soundtrack in addition to remixes and new songs written specifically for this game.
50 Cent: Bulletproof G Unit Edition is definitely a must-have for any Fiddy fan but if youre just concerned with the quality of the gameplay then I would recommend renting this one.
CCC Staff Writer