50 Cent: Bulletproof G Unit Edition Preview

If you couldn't get enough of 50 Cent's gaming debut last year, now you'll be able to take it wherever you go--except that it's not the same game! We take a look at this PSP re-creation of Bulletproof.

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Big, huge, enormous rapper 50 Cent's video game debut may have received a critical drubbing last year, but that hasn't stopped Vivendi Games and new developer High Voltage from working on a new version of the game, Bulletproof, for the PlayStation Portable. But while the story is the same, the gameplay definitely isn't. We sat down with the new portable version of Bulletproof, subtitled G Unit Edition (named after the rapper's famed entourage), and found a surprisingly entertaining and reasonably deep overhead action experience that actually hearkens back to games like Champions of Norrath and even Gauntlet. (Stick with us, we'll explain.)

50 Cent hits the PSP later this month with a new overhead action game, the G Unit Edition.

So, yes, the plot in G Unit Edition is basically the same as the original Bulletproof, with 50 Cent loading up a massive arsenal to hit the streets in search of his missing compatriot K-Dog. Along the way you'll run up against rival gang members, police officers on both sides of the law, and a slowly unraveling mystery that will become more complicated with each step. All the video cutscenes we've seen so far have been taken straight from last year's console release, so we imagine the storyline is going to be the same throughout this new game. You never know when some new surprises might pop up, though.

Anyway, the big change in G Unit Edition is the new perspective. As we mentioned, this time around you'll play the game from overhead instead of third person, and the feel (as we've observed so far) is similar to any number of dungeon-crawling action role-playing games from the past few years--except you'll be crawling through the 'hood, not some rat-infested cave. The combat engine is surprisingly complex. You'll come upon a varied mixture of melee and ranged weapons as you move from area to area, from baseball bats, knives, and nightsticks to submachine guns, sawed-off shotguns, and the trusty old 9mm. Holding the right shoulder button will let you lock onto the closest enemy, and once you're locked on, a colored circle underneath his feet will go from red to green to indicate how much damage you'll do once you shoot him. You'll even get a little damage value popping up from the enemy every time you attack successfully. Hit points in a 50 Cent game? Say it ain't so.

There's a lot of depth to the melee combat, too. You can do a multi-hit combo by hammering on the attack button, but if you charge up for the right amount of time, you can deliver a more-powerful finisher that will usually take an enemy out. There's also a grapple system that lets you run right up and grab an enemy. Once you're holding him, you can use him as a human shield to block gunfire from other enemies, throw him to get him quickly out of the way, or perform a pretty brutal execution move that varies depending on the weapon you've got equipped but which will naturally get the enemy permanently out of your way with the touch of one button.

The overhead combat engine lets you pull off a brutal execution move when you grapple with an enemy.

And then there's the loot aspect. While you won't be picking up any +5 bastard swords of flaming wrath, you'll at least be able to pick up cash, bling, and the occasional weapon upgrade, body armor, or a health boost from fallen enemies, so the game definitely drives you to keep slaying and picking stuff up. Later on, you'll be able to start cashing in all that hard-earned (or, uh, stolen) loot for a number of goodies. Everything from new G Unit duds and weapon upgrades to cheats and even 50 Cent songs and videos can be purchased from several of 50's compatriots who hang out on the streets of the 'hood. The game uses a map that lets you revisit completed missions, so you can head back to previous levels later with your newly amassed arsenal and blast through again to pick up even more cash.

The levels we've seen so far have generally had a point-A-to-point-B sort of flow to them, where you need to head to a specific location on the minimap, which is denoted by a particular icon, to pick up information, kill a certain enemy, or exit to the next level. There's been some light puzzle-solving in the action, too, such as in one mansion level, which we had to access by tracking down the right police officer and obtaining the security code to the entrance. Once inside, we were blocked by another security system, and we had to kill enemies who were holding various keys in order to gain access to new rooms, each of which contained a security panel. We then had to hunt down clues to figure out the order in which to access these panels to open up the main system and proceed onward.

There's more to the combat in G Unit Edition than you might think at first glance.

Finally, G Unit Edition will feature an ad hoc wireless multiplayer mode that shoehorns deathmatch-style gameplay into the game's single-player combat engine, which seems to work reasonably well. In addition to deathmatch, there are urban-themed variants on other popular modes like capture the flag and king of the hill. Another team-based mode we saw had one team trying to protect a number of cars scattered around the map, while the other team tried to track down and demolish these cars, Final Fight style. You'll be able to select your character model before playing, from characters like 50 himself, G Unit members Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks, and Eminem (who plays the corrupt cop McVicar in the story portion of the game).

Whatever you thought of Bulletproof on the consoles last year, it looks like High Voltage is taking the PSP iteration in a fairly interesting, different direction that seems more suited for a handheld and may breathe new life into the franchise. G Unit Edition is due out at the end of August, so look for a full review around that time.

Discussion

66 comments
acetheman15
acetheman15

First off I have to say I am a gamer, and this is a gaming site, second off I have to say that I like g-unit and they do drop good records (if u dont beleave me check the record sells that s*** does not lie) and third, is it not funny that all you (well not nesseccerlly all of you) who do not like Curtis "Interscope" Jackson (aka 50 Cent) bought his 1st album (get rich or die tryin') I think it is funny how people can turn on something/someone so quickly for all you haters who said get rich was a classic how come u bump'n the massacre, and the hunger for more, and stright outta chasville, and thoughts of a predicate felon, and so on....where is it in rap culture that a person turns on someone within a matter of time? Where im from we call that a punk or if they yapping at the mouth a snitch-that's the art of hatin' so if you like his undergorund b4 get rich then dont listen to anything he puts out-it really doesnt matter cuz he has more money than anyone out now-take for example Jadakiss he is so hood, and so respected in da rap game, but he aint got over 12million reocods sold does he? (thats all g-unti combined in case someone wants to get smart) so talk what cha know and stop d***riding

donmega1
donmega1

no wounder psp might have a price drop!

Ocram_Zepol
Ocram_Zepol

Haha $10 says that this game is going to be WORSE than the console versions.

allknowingamer
allknowingamer

OK first of all this game was trash on the ps2 and xbox. and now this snitch's game is coming to psp. who cares if 50 has lots of money. his more of a pop artist than a rapper. 50 cent or Curtis Jackson or Boo Boo or Chicken Little (HAHAHA) sucks at rapping and thinks he's a legend. His new album will stink anyways. 50 dissed Ja Rule for singing in his songs. Look who's talking 50 cent YOur now a singer. 50 wasn't shot 9 times, only 3 bullets hit him. I liked 50 cent before on Power of the Dollar but now he stinks. The Doctor's Advocate is going to bring back hip-hop from the dead. Everybody will know what i mean when they hear 100 bars, 200 bars, 120 bars, 240 bars, 300 bars and 360 bars. G-unit sucks any ways. All their rappers suck . Mobb Deep, heck they suck now. Mase or Murda Mase lost all of his cred. M.O.P. who heard of that. Young Buck whatev. Tony Yayo , opera singer. Lloyd Banks , Oscar the grouch. Olivia, the man. 50 the snitch. So anyways, there are better rappers and rap groups out there such as Beastie Boys, Run DMC, A Tribe called Quest or N.W.A. Don't buy this game . GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG-UNOT!

Matthew-first
Matthew-first

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Matthew-first
Matthew-first

Just Go Get'N'Buy Def Jam Fight For NY :The Takeover .... but i didn't say this game can be bad ;D xP

squirlnuts2005
squirlnuts2005

OK.....who in the right mind will bring this game to psp after wat happened to it on the ps2....if the ps2 couldnt handle it how will the psp handle it. I would have thought the ppl that made the game would have stopped because of the failure of it....make better games for the psp....dont make bad ones let alone bring bad games too it.

HK-Ghost
HK-Ghost

50 cent(s)....the budget amount that should be assigned to this piece of software... -Ghost

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

This is just a total marketing scam from 50-Cent. DO NOT buy this game, it is horrible, and chances are, it'll be even worse on PSP.

Drt888
Drt888

This game is going to be awful like his last game. 50 cent knows nothing about gaming he just has pointless flashy junk and aimless violence. Copying gta and violent games/movies does not make it a good game 50 youve gotta learn that.

francyx
francyx

G'z Up, 50 cent?? Who? yeaa thats right who is 50 cent got shot 9 times ohh pleaseeee no one gets shot 9 times, except you h8ters the so called G unots, if you dont know who 50 cent iz then you betta start living the reality 50 got more money then a whole family put 2gether so, if you think u got skills to make it on the street'z then go ahead and stop living your life dissing 50 all the time grown upppp, and ya i rock g unit sneakers, GgGGgGggG Unit. Ps. h8 neva get no where.. it 'z da unit ;)

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

I'm gonna get this game, just for the sake of curiousity coz I didn't play the previous game. Even though I can't stand 50 cent, in fact I don't even like 'rap' music (whatever is left of it today) but at least I'm not gonna make racist remarks like some of you. You kids need to grow up. You're just mad coz that guy made millions just by selling his trash and you losers can't do jack. So shut your mouths and keep this discussion about the game.

Turisman4
Turisman4

It's like a Real Time Strategy game: only more gangsta. Man, I just have to laugh.

AntoniustheGrey
AntoniustheGrey

Haha, how do you guys think this game is going to be?

DRUNK_CANADIAN
DRUNK_CANADIAN

Props 2 Trav he be representin We should mess dat ****** up !

trav182
trav182

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timma25
timma25

CAN'T WE KEEP THE COMMENTS FOCUSED ON GAMING?! This is a gaming forum no?

Matthew-first
Matthew-first

Rap is rap.... everyone have choice..... one can like 50 cent, one can like runDMC or 2pac :D .... i like 2 pac and 50 Cent (i like antohers tOo).... so its my OWN buisness what i like.... and urs too .... cya :D

jeff16950_demon
jeff16950_demon

i used to like rap now i dont but i never really liked 50 in the first place sure, a couple songs were catchy, but i didnt like the rest nevertheless, i dont think ill be buying this game maybe ill rent it, maybe, if i get slightly interested on how the game actually turned out otherwise, i think ill stick with the other ones 50 isnt a bad person, no, hes just a sell out and im not too 'friendly' towards sell out types but oh well, i think itll be fun to watch how this turns out

wazo786
wazo786

50 cent sold more records purely because he gets his d!ck sucked by Mtv, He got shot 9 times? Whoever shot him must of been blind, coz with someone like him id make sure the first shot counts. He isnt a good rapper, For years rap was underground and loved by select few, why didnt people like 2pac and biggie hit it bigger than 50cent? Purely because everyone now thinks rap is accepted more, whereas in 2pacs time it was considered bad etc etc. If you want good rap, Listen to Nwa and RunDMC. Where they used real instruments and created samples themselves, not get someone else to do it for em

Jaiden114
Jaiden114

buck_choi man how did this become an argument about how good 50 cent is as a rapper? well since it has i mite as well give my 2 cents. 50 cent sucks at rapping and anyone who has any common sense (or has any knowledge of what GOOD rap sounds like) would know this. so to you guys who like G-G-G-Gay Unit try listening to some decent rap. like Rakim or Notorious BIG. if you want lyrics that are about more than rhyming EVERYTHING with F*** and S*** and only talking about B****es and money, then 50 cent isnt for you.. well anyways i havent played the games but heard the first one was cr*p. oh and by the way, from the song wanksta, "Guerilla unit cuz, they say we bugged out, cuz we don't go nowhere without toast we thugged out" WHAT THE ****?? yes i am a hater Yo Kid You Must be a straight up white boy boy if you didnt understand the lyics man that **** is straight thuggin 50 been shot 9 times **** and Holy **** BIG Is Bassically the same thing as fiffty **** didnt you hear the song REALEST ****Z You dumb **** O and 50 was crowned MIxtape King LIL **** and Get Rich Or Dye Ttrying Sold WAy more than BIggie Duets BIG Stuggled Just to get platnum status and even Candy Shop got more radio spins then any of BIG's Singles Including Nasty Girl So you need to shut up man BIG Aint king of **** no more make way for the real king 50 ****

coolkid27
coolkid27

to all them haters i'd like to see your ***** rapping on stage disin 50 your ***would go down so don't talk **** about 50 if you can't rap as good as him and yeah i am a G-unit fan

Cainekass29
Cainekass29

I wished more companies would change the game content than just doing a lame ass port of the same game you have already played.

thesaad
thesaad

there is one solution to any disputed game.....play halo

buck_choi
buck_choi

man how did this become an argument about how good 50 cent is as a rapper? well since it has i mite as well give my 2 cents. 50 cent sucks at rapping and anyone who has any common sense (or has any knowledge of what GOOD rap sounds like) would know this. so to you guys who like G-G-G-Gay Unit try listening to some decent rap. like Rakim or Notorious BIG. if you want lyrics that are about more than rhyming EVERYTHING with F*** and S*** and only talking about B****es and money, then 50 cent isnt for you.. well anyways i havent played the games but heard the first one was cr*p. oh and by the way, from the song wanksta, "Guerilla unit cuz, they say we bugged out, cuz we don't go nowhere without toast we thugged out" WHAT THE ****?? yes i am a hater

atty-e
atty-e

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Why50Y
Why50Y

yall fools need 2 stop hatin on 50 compare him to todays hot rappers let's see young joc 50 cent makes him look like uyor mom if any of u stupid haters can cum up wit any body that can outrap 50 cent today let me no GGGGGGGGG-UNIT o yea the game dosent count

Chriss1987
Chriss1987

50 Cent is really bad, he sucks. So does any game that he is in.

Army635
Army635

thats right bozopp im a huge fan of 50..and u shouldnt talk **** about a rapper if ya cant even rap

Army635
Army635

damn going666 why **** worry about it ..negro plz...hes bulletproof **** damn......

Army635
Army635

quit hatin on 50..damn lol oh and um..hes been busted like 15 times 4 drugs..LOL€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€

SubSane0
SubSane0

50 Cent: Bulletproof G-Unit Edition is not a port or in any way related to the console version other than the story. The PSP edition is a top-down view hand-to-hand beat 'em up. Some folks have compared to dungeon crawlers. If you don't appreciate the man then that's all good, but save your uninformed opinions until you have the game and have played it for a good amount of time.

PsychoLord13
PsychoLord13

I hated the console ones and I am DEFINITELY not investing any time or money into this until I read the reviews, but I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt that it may, in fact be good. We'll all see when it comes out.

mista911
mista911

HAHAHAHA G-g-g-g-g-g- YOU NOT!!! dude what does he actually plan to do by making games about him and his stupid rapping crew shooting up people and such. The truth is he never killed anyone, he probably doesnt know how to fight. If he really is a gang banger and such and shoots and kills people how come he isnt arrested yet? he is full of crap, most rappers are full of crap rapping about how much of a hardcore killer and such they are. his whole gaming franchise is just full a crap and as for his songs, people just like rap, listening to rhymes. Honestly i rather listen to rock which requires REAL skill working as a team making some gooood music

EcksBocks360
EcksBocks360

I can tell right off the bat that this game is going to suck. $100 to the guy who can prove me wrong.

mrxdemix
mrxdemix

Horrible. I pity anyone who buys this.

Playa_69_
Playa_69_

jeebs213 G-Unit was sooo 2005

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

G-Unit? What the **** is that? :P Who cares!?

brhisawsome
brhisawsome

guys i want to first of all say that guys stop dissing him so much, sure the looks like crap, but u dont kno if its gonna be or not, and just because he a dark person full of hate doesnt give everybody the right. i mean cmon God obviously gave him the gift of music not of games, doesnt mean we shouldnt love him like his creator does

str8soufdm92
str8soufdm92

this game will not sell...............G UNOT!!!!!!!!

JaMeS4418
JaMeS4418

50 needs to leave gaming altogether. Doesn't he have enough money already?

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I played the console version and that game su....well you guys know what I'm talking about. QUIT PORTING INFERIOR GAMES OVER TO THE PSP! Give us something original and no, a new angle and "depth" in combat which will probably constitute with just more running and gunning. Of course I'm biased against this game, who would not be after the abysmal console version.