50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Xbox 360


Mixed or average reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
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  1. 71
    Blood on the Sand isn't broken, but it is at times unimaginative. If Gears of War 2's mantra was "Bigger, badder, more bad ass," then BOTS's should have been "Fiddy, Fiddier, more fiddier." Instead it's just one five-hour "Fiddy." There's no mistaking that this is a fun game to play -- particularly with a buddy -- but it's in no way excellent.
  2. 50 Cent: Blood on the sand exceeds every early expectation; it's good action, with a good cover system and a funny arcade shooting experience. Replayability is allowed through lots of unlockables and weapons to buy, and of course the funny ccoperative mode. Not only for 50 Cent and G Unit fans, but every action lover will have fun with this Swordfish Studios' joint.
  3. You do not have to be a fan of 50 Cent to enjoy this cheesy slice of shoot ‘em-up pie, and if you have a friend to play it with all the better. That being said, the game is pretty damn short and you will have zero inclination to play it again so it is probably better saved for a rent.
  4. It's just balls-out shooting from start to finish, with 50 Cent tunes to bop along to as you go. It's not too tough and not overly complicated. You just have fun with guns, and that's all there is to it.
  5. Light, silly and undemanding but also surprisingly fun, Blood On The Sand will never compete with the big boys of the shooting genre but it’ll keep you amused more than you may think. It’s worth a look.
  6. While this is never amazing, it's a competent, enjoyable third-person cover shooter with a sense of humour.
  7. I've been pleasantly surprised at how solid the game is. It's far from perfect, completely cheesy, copies other games, but ultimately offers a fun no-nonsense shooting experience.
  8. 70
    There's no denying it: Blood on the Sand is completely senseless, wholly obnoxious, incredibly thoughtless, and insanely fun. Hampered by a sore lack of multiplayer, Fiddy's second console excursion still remains an entertaining, if completely mindless experience.
  9. This isn't the best action game you'll play this year, but that doesn't mean you won't have a damn fun time playing it.
  10. 50 Cent fans are going to love every minute, and non-fans are likely to have a pretty good time too. Just don't expect a deep gameplay experience.
  11. 50 Cent's second game is an enjoyable slice of dumb fun that has plenty to teach more serious shooters.
  12. Overall 50 Cent: Blood On The Sand is an enjoyable game.
  13. The biggest chunk of praise needs to go to Swordfish, though, who have managed to take what – on paper, at least – is an awful idea and turn it into a decent shooter, even in a very crowded market.
  14. Fans of 50 Cent, rest assured. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand is way better then 50’s first game. Sometimes it is even a lot of fun to play. The combination of 50 Cent’s music and shooting around gun blazing creates a perfect setting for fans to enjoy.
  15. 70
    Not only is 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand a competent third-person shooter, it's a hoot to play - either by yourself or with a buddy in tow.
  16. So to summarize, Blood on the Sand doesn't suck. After Bulletproof it didn't look to have much of a chance, but the game plays to its strengths by not being anything too serious or demanding, giving way to a simple, solid, unpretentious and surprisingly enjoyable third-person shoot-'em-up.
  17. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    A likeable shooter and a solid weekend's entertainment. [Apr 2009, p.78]
  18. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand proves that with effort and good material a more than acceptable videogame can be created. Obviously this is not a game that will set standards, on the contrary, but it is nevertheless an entertaining and easy consuming game that will appeal to all Curtis Jackson's fans.
  19. A mixture of genres that lacks personality, with a very light script, not very original and with limited cooperation between characters. It offers a great move set and weapons, and it's a fun experience, but not a deep experience.
  20. You’ll also have no one to remind you to leave your brain at the door and enjoy this game as it was meant to be taken - as a fairly well-built, over-the-top testosterone fantasy without all the fancy polish or (dare we say it?) smarts of, say, Gears of War, but still an incredibly satisfying shot in the arm for co-op addicts like us.
  21. As long as you remove high expectations – which I have no clue why anyone would have any for a 50 Cent title – then you’ll come away having a blast with 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand. It’s not the most original or clever title to release in 2009, but it’s a good 10-15 hours of mindless fun where you can shut off the thinking part of your brain and have a great time blowing up everything in your sight.
  22. Though 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand can boast fluid controls and a well-designed co-op mulitplayer, there isn't much to push the game past it qualifying as either an expensive XBL/PSN arcade title, or interactive merchandise for the 50 Cent brand.
  23. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Brainless, brash and brave: a decent shooter, that can't quite sustain the thrills. [May 2009, p.68]
  24. Parts of this 50 Cent adventure are downright enjoyable, but I think the most enjoyment I got out of Blood on the Sand came ironically. The action is pretty generic, but it's functional enough to keep you moving from one bout of unintentional comedy to the next.
  25. 60
    Although 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand has enough novel gimmicks in its shooting gameplay to keep things interesting, everything else is no better than average.
  26. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand doesn't take itself too seriously and never tries to be anything more than easy entertainment. If you look at the game in this perspective, then you'll have no problem in liking the game. Especially when you're playing it with a friend. But there are a few things missing, like a splitscreen and an online mode. Or a high difficulty setting. Making the game far from perfect for the experienced gamer.
  27. games(TM)
    Broken up with vehicle and on-rails sections that aren’t nearly as horrible as tradition dictates they should be, Blood On The Sand is an entertaining action title with absolutely no imagination. [Apr 2009, p.102]
  28. Blood on the Sand has been developed to plough straight down the middle and appeal to the largest possible demographic; it's a jack of all trades, and master of none. It's not as bad as his previous game, disastrously melodramatic movie attempt or second album. It is, however, entirely standard.
  29. 50
    Blood in the Sand takes its missteps in stride. The game doesn't takes itself too seriously and if you try to, it completely unravels. Similarly, go in looking for old school street cred and you'll come up empty.
  30. Unremarkable aside from its boisterous nature, Blood in the Sand is fleeting if not occasionally mind-numbing with its fun. It’s not only unoriginal, it poorly copycats its older siblings to lesser effect.
  31. Although I got a few good laughs out of the first hour or so, the appeal of calling men in turbans "bitches" while plowing through repetitive environments ran out long before the credits rolled. I walked away from the game bored and left it unfinished, having no regrets.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. ColeH
    Aug 30, 2009
    I for one thought it was one of the more entertaining games I have played in a while. Don't get me wrong its cheese and crap on manyI for one thought it was one of the more entertaining games I have played in a while. Don't get me wrong its cheese and crap on many levels, but the game play(especially with a friend) is just ridiculous. I mean what other game can I shoot up a room with explosive rounds while increasing my score for swearing only to end up counterkilling a guy to death with knife swipes and a final stab.
    Blood on the Sand is a masterpiece of over the top ridiculousness. People really just need to calm down and let games entertain instead of criticizing it for not being something to push limits graphically with a story that rivals the best authors.
    This game is a perfect way to unwind.
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  2. Dec 23, 2016
    50 Cent Blood on the Sand
    The dumbest game ive ever played.
    In Blood on the Sand you play as 50 Cent.. And no.. I don’t mean 50 cent
    50 Cent Blood on the Sand
    The dumbest game ive ever played.
    In Blood on the Sand you play as 50 Cent..
    And no.. I don’t mean 50 cent playing a character..
    You literally play as 50 cent after his last concert on tour with g unit…
    You get off stage to collect some owed money and youre paid with a skull embedded with diamonds..
    Youre ambushed and this skull is taken from you and you spend the rest of the game trying to get it back..
    And you do this with the sidekick of your choice.. I chose Lloyd banks.. cause hes Lloyd banks.. of course im going to choose him…
    Your partner is controlled by ai as the online co op feature no longer works…
    This is a super linear 3rd person shooter…
    But its insanely boring….
    This game is from 2009 and feels very much from that time being just a bunch of ugly greys and browns throughout…
    The entire 3 hr and 40 min long campaign looks and feels the same leading it to get boring quickly though initially its quite the joy taunting your enemies as you kill them, and blasting through levels listening to actual music by 50 cent…
    But the gameplay is very unengaging..
    You can take cover.. shoot enemies… run up to them to intiate a counter kill quick time event..collect cash.. get collectables to rack up your points in a level, and throw out some sick fire with your gangsta fire meter that slows down time allowing you to pull off mad sick head shots…
    The only thing that could make this game more ridiculous is every enemy charcter having ja rules face and young buck crying on the other line every time you stop at a pyphone to spend your collected cash on new weapons, taunts, and counterkills…
    I laughed a handful of times because of how ridiculous this game and its concept is…
    50 Cent speaks to everyone like a rapper.. and not a hero…
    That was really the only redeemable quality this game has…
    Its massively repetitive…
    3 and half hours feels like 3 and a half years.
    I give 50 Cent Blood on the Sand
    a 5/10
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  3. Jan 21, 2016
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. this game was great! i liked the missions. the only thing is that it was a short game. compared to his other game bulletproof. Also the concept for going across the world for a skull. other than that it was good. Full Review »