Blood on the Sand: good lookin' out
Blood on the Sand puts a heavy emphasis on teamwork with Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and DJ Whoo Kid all at your disposal, and while drop-in/drop-out online co-op is available I was a bit shocked to find a complete lack of local multiplayer - and only two-player online available at that. While going back with a buddy to rack up points on previous missions is always a blast, I can't help but think of how much the game would have benefited from a few more multiplayer modes, or even a simple split-screen.
Blood on the Sand also faults a bit on its lack of variety, as you'll find yourself blowing away the umpteenth wave of the same guys with the same weapons that you just killed on a very similar map in a previous mission.
While the vehicle-based rail-shooter levels are few and far between breaths of fresh air, the lack of diversity is sure to alienate gamers from all camps. Throw in the fact that all of the game's unlockables are either tracks from previous 50 Cent albums or 50 Cent music videos, and you might start to wonder if this is a game made solely for hardcore fans or a game made solely for 50 Cent.
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Blood on the Sand: or die tryin'
All things considered, I won't lie: I'm nowhere near above an old fashioned trigger-happy bloodbath, and Blood on the Sand lives up to its name in that respect. If you want variety, depth, and a story you can really sink your teeth into, look elsewhere. If you're in dire need of a mindless gold and platinum coated shoot-em-up experience, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand might just be right up your alley.