50 Cent lights up retail charts

Despite critical beatdown, VU Games' urban-themed shooter sells through 1 million copies across all platforms.

Going platinum for 50 Cent is nothing new--each of the rapper's two full-length albums both sold millions of copies for record label Aftermath Entertainment. However, the hip-hop star with the monetary moniker (real name Curtis Jackson) is certainly proving his worth to game publisher VU Games.

The company, owned by Vivendi Universal (which also owns Universal Music Group, Aftermath's parent label), today announced that 50 Cent: Bulletproof has sold 1 million copies in North America and Europe. Bulletproof was released in November of 2005 on the Xbox and the PlayStation 2.

In the game, which was drubbed by critics, players assume the role of 50 Cent as he takes on corrupt politicians, drug dealers, and other haters. Accompanying Mr. Cent on his crusade are fellow Aftermath label mates Eminem, Dr. Dre, and others.

Even though the game was named one of the 10 most violent games by the Family Media Guide, 50 Cent publicly OK'd his game to be purchased by parents for their children, explaining that it could be used as a learning tool.

50 Cent: Bulletproof will be released on the PSP later this year. For more information on the game, read GameSpot's review.

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161 comments
Blazer88
Blazer88

Nothing good about this news,..just opens the door for more bad games to be made. I am actually not surprised really,....console gaming is so mainstream these days they could have sold a turd with 2 quarters stuck in it(50 cent) and it would have sold a million copies.Er well that is kinda what they actually did huh?

Cz-100
Cz-100

So being a hustler makes him better? Oh, and stop being racist. I hate it when you people get all "You racist cracka". Guess what, calling me "white boy" is racist. :-O

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

The guy has a lot of fans so this isn't really surprising.

41789
41789

What a waste of $50 for a crappy game. I can't believe people buy games on the day it comes out. Those people don't have common sense. They should read the reviews first or rent it first like me.

-Christhebull-
-Christhebull-

Can you say "cash-in"? Usually, this game would have been buried under the landslide of christmas titles from more established, better, franchises. Slap 50 Cent's face on the front, sales go up!

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

aw stop whinin' ya neva playd it. how bout youse pop bulletproof in, pony up on the couch with ya kid and let 50 school youse on the ways of the street-LOL. there'll be a pop quiz later. aha.

MetaMods
MetaMods

Well I guess we going have Eminem, Usher, Snoopy-Dog, and other celebirty games. Gaming Industry start getting worst each year, I rather play Wolfenstein 3D then 50 cents.

MeTaL-HeaD
MeTaL-HeaD

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jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

hahaa all you haters, in yo face! aahhh now deal with it! i told you i told you, naow look atchu naow ahahaa this is better than when OJ & Michael got off, pop ya bottles-keep hate alive!

brightboy
brightboy

that game sucked people who bought that game in the first place MAN this suck now there is going to be a sequel that is going to be worst than the first and game and we all know that mean this game is probably going to get like a 3.9

0diablo0
0diablo0

this is a disgrace to the gaming world 50 cent'zs game is a retareded piece of crap that never should have been released sorry u 50 cent fans the game is only selling because of that stupid gangster image of his and the only people that bought it were either idiots or some white kids impresssing thier friends

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i suppose the sequal will get a 1.9 or below rating? also, to all the stupid gangstaz out there....... you should have spent your $50 on something useful.

raregamer
raregamer

This is one of the worst games I have ever played would have been okay if the game had some normal camera view.

ewjim
ewjim

It's not a game it's ******* ****

PazUSA
PazUSA

A Learning Tool!!!!!! This guy is an asolute megalomaniac. Talk about the cult of personality. Shame on this idiot for exploiting kids, shame on ANY parent that would let a young kid play it, shame on all the suckas who bought it and shame on VIvendi for putting out a piece of s**t game!

-PureDemon-
-PureDemon-

Sad how can some1 so ugly sell so much?

ben_coggins
ben_coggins

Oh well, at least not too many australians will buy it cause it got banned here in australia :)

ben_coggins
ben_coggins

Stick with the original, Grand Theft Auto

ocdog45
ocdog45

come on people........why give this guy more money than he deserves

hanapepe_dragon
hanapepe_dragon

Look at my journal, I was expecting this to happen. WE TRUST IN GERSTMANN

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

And yes, I had the utter displeasure of playing this coaster. I expected it to be not as bad as reviewers said, but they were right on the money. I'm just glad I played it for free.

sydneylostarot
sydneylostarot

yeah rap and hip hop are horrible, 50 cent makes me want to puke, but i'm not surprised this garbage sold so well. The people who bought it are the same that made EA the biggest developer out there, in spite of how bad it's games are

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Isn't it nice to live in a world where gems like Prince of Persia, Beyond Good and Evil, and Psychonauts get overlooked but complete and utter garbage such as this sells over a million units? Most people are painfully stupid.

Pablo620
Pablo620

Just like there is uninformed voters there is uninformed gamers. Alot of the sales also must have to do with little 13 year olds saying mommy mommy buy me this one. Actually the kid i saw at Gamestop begging for it was more like 9 true story, its a sad sad world

joeamis
joeamis

There are parts of this country as bad as warzones in some ways where it lasts for people's lifetimes and into further generations, you just never hear about them. I am not defending anything anyone said here, just adding what I have learned. Also people in such areas do lose their limbs from gunshots, and even worse, like paralysis. But I can think of worse things that happen there, like people committing suicide because they go through their whole lives with barely anything to eat. I am not a fan of 50 or anything, just saying what I said here with no regard to any other posters but the last comment made.

meimnobody
meimnobody

Fing I know people that served in Nam and other military hotspots. They got shot a lot worse namely losing limbs due to the bullets and deserve far more respect then that piece of walking trash who should have been aborted. The hood being harsh you are talking out of your ass. There are places that make the hood look like Mayberry and the people from those areas who actually made a fortune did it so they could not glamorize it but instead make a better life for themselves. 50 cent is a poser. He is just a bastard making money off whiggers. He is in no way a role model or worthy of respect. To say he is worthy of a bullet to the head is a tad too much. Being poisoned by rat poision or cockroach poision would be more poetic.

Mr_Flatulent
Mr_Flatulent

Great--now that means there will be a sequel to this already crappy title.

Mr_Flatulent
Mr_Flatulent

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joeamis
joeamis

Just shows that consumers are almost as responsible as publishers for the continual cr@p that is released each month. Get used to more bad games, more sequels, etc; until people start speaking with their dollars intelligently.

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

wtf? over 1 million copies sold in north america and europe...how could this have happened? ridiculous...i'll cry if a sequel is made

hush404
hush404

Sad... people really should seek reviews online and such instead of picking it up just because its fiddy.

davahsa
davahsa

This sucks BAD. Bite me America! Please bring legislation to gaming so that kids can't buy this $#!t and then they will have to spend money on better games that will encourage the industry to make better games and not make M RATED GAMES FOR THE KIDDIES!!! Things are way too ass-backwards in this industry! F all those who disagree! I'm getting soo sick of all this crap! I thought of video games as works of art... I'm starting to see now how outsiders view the industry... and they are right... thanks alot guys...I'm going to go crawl in a hole now. Send for me when.... No! Don't send for me at all. Scratch that! I'll just go get brainwashed into thinking crap is icecream and that good ideas are useless. Then I'll be happy... right?

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Wow, one million idiots.... oh well.

polsci1503
polsci1503

sad... just sad. that's all I have to say...

lovesparrow
lovesparrow

This game is garbage stop makin this crap before politicans make some stupid crazy law about violent video games for this junk its not worth it.

Fingerella69er
Fingerella69er

no im not him and in fact im not a fan of his music really anymore but I respect him just because he wasnt as good as he was before doesnt mean I cant respect him Im defending the guy because most of these ppl dont even like rap or hip hop and probably dont even know who Biggie or Makavelli are and they say hes a poser or a wanksta. In the hip-hop world you can tell what that rapper is gonna be like or whats his purpose is and we all knew 50's was just to become rich. Yeah hes a sellout but most if not all rappers are sellouts in some way(Jay-Z,P.Diddy, etc.) I bet you whoohooforme the closest to a gun uve ever been is in a nerdy FPS game. Theres a big difference between setting facts and taking sides.

ad1x2
ad1x2

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ad1x2
ad1x2

I personally didn't play the game because I heard it was crap and I saw the low scores it got. But it seems like 75% of you are acting like hypocrites right now. You call people like Jack Thompson and Hillary Clinton all kinds of offensive names because of their so-called narrow-mindedness of the video game industry but then you turn around and call all rap music garbage. I could care less about metal or country but you will never hear me call it trash because I know people out there, including some of my friends at work, like it and buy it . It just isn't my cup of tea but that doesn't mean I go around insulting people like Toby Keith or Ozzy Ozbourne. On the other hand, some of you act like you have to be retarded to like rap and R&B music and call people like 50 Cent garbage.

woohooforme
woohooforme

Fingerella, you act as if you ARE 50 Cent himself

woohooforme
woohooforme

I think 50 Cent just announced a new hip-hop/rap/dance/techno song about his unexpected success.

Fingerella69er
Fingerella69er

meinmnobody or w.e your name is I bet your not black and the closest youve come to drugs is seeing them be dealt with some guy in the halls but until you hustle or get shot then you cannot talk about him maybe you can say his game sucks or his music sucks(which his old ones dont new ones are blah). Just stop hating and hes more real then anyone you'll even ever know. About the article everyone knows he did use girls to hide some of his crack/heroine but most of it was kept in his own room and he got shot nine times by some Murder Inc guy that officially are wankstas to the core. The only way you can talk smack about 50 or any other rapper thats been shot or has lived a harsh life in the hood is if you're black, or you at least live in the hood.

thekey
thekey

Damn! Now there's going to be another one! Just put 50 on the box it will sell. I wonder if I put him on the cover of my toilet seat will it sell?

lebanese_boy
lebanese_boy

this thing is a disgrace to hip-hop culture, shame on you jackson !

meimnobody
meimnobody

50 cent being shot nine times? Guess you didn't know about that as a drug dealer he had girls do all his work. As for being shot funny how many shots came days before a record was released. With one his homies being involved in the shooting. Can you say planned? 50 cent when one bothers to look up his actual record turns out to be a poser who wanted to be shot to make him look street. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/50cent1.html http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/50centmug1.html http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0906051murder1.html http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0822051dodge1.html http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstagetour/50cent/50_cent_1.html http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/50centdoctor1.html http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1012051rap1.html Being shot nine times doesn't make you cool it just makes the gunman look like a moron. If you are killed with one bullet in the head or two in the chest one in the head it shows you were killed by a professional.

Drudaddy
Drudaddy

his fame what sold the game not the game itself because the gameplay sucks graphics suck everything sucks about this game