Blood on the Sand Sales Disappoint

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Blood on the Sand Sales Disappoint

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50 Cent's increasingly dwindling reputation as a money making machine isn't just the case when it comes to the music he sells: a look at the sales for his latest game, Blood on the Sand, show a major drop off from his previous videogame hits.

Apparently 50 Cent was lying the other day when he said that his videogame, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, was doing well enough that a sequel could be possible. Judging by the sales of the game, it appears that the rapper's worth as a marketable brand is not only declining in the music industry, but in the games racket as well.

After glancing through some NPD sales numbers for Blood on the Sand and 50's last game, Bulletproof, Kotaku's Stephen Totilo (see, I'm not the only one who takes this guy and his game seriously) discovered that Blood on the Sand, which came out this February, has only sold a 12th of what Bulletproof did in its first couple months of release. Apparently Blood on the Sand had only pushed a meager 56,000 copies between late February and April. Compare that to Bulletproof, which did 681,000 within its first couple months and eventually went on to become a million seller.

That's all despite the fact that Blood on the Sand has averaged much better reviews and some degree of support from gamers who are shameless enough to enjoy a game about 50 Cent killing terrorists (yours truly included).

How to account for this massive drop-off in the viability of Curtis Jackson as a videogame brand? Kotaku suggests it could have something to do with the fact that Bulletproof had more of a gangsta rap setting being set in some mean urban streets, while Blood on the Sand takes place in some fictional not-Iraq. That could be it, or, more likely, it has to do with the fact that fewer people care about 50 Cent now than they did five years ago. I mean, name me a 50 Cent song from his last album off the top of your head.

No, "In Da Club" wasn't on it.

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It's a game about a thoroughly dislikable rapper. Why would we expect it to do well?

But I haven't played it, I'm sure it's fun to shoot people as Fiddy Cent.

The problem with this game... he's a rapper

All franchises must ultimately come to an end.

Good, I like seeing games like that fail. Maybe, just maybe publishers will start to back good games again.

The only question this news really raises is: how did the FIRST 50 Cent game do so well?

Wait, it was expected to do well?

The main reason why this game flopped...his likeness. Reviewers said this game is a guilty pleasure of theirs and that the gameplay is actually pretty good. If this were just called "Blood on the Sand" and had no reference to 50 Cent, I may have been inclined to check it out. But not when his logo is slapped all over the place. As tongue in cheek as it is, I don't feel like being "Fiddy"

Wasder:
Wait, it was expected to do well?

Maybe not well, but at least better than the last. It sold significantly less than it's previous game.

Clemenstation:
The only question this news really raises is: how did the FIRST 50 Cent game do so well?

Because Mr. Cent is a famous person and idiots will buy things because he is on them.

Sorry Fifty! Your games were good for cheap laughs. However, us gamers are not interested in you.

Now we just have to hope the Souldja Boi game that's in the works goes just as poorly, and we're in business.

"i get money" i believe was on his last album. Which is fairly quite ironic considering how little he's game has sold. I personally am quite pleased, his ego could do with a knock

Cpt_Oblivious:

Clemenstation:
The only question this news really raises is: how did the FIRST 50 Cent game do so well?

Because Mr. Cent is a famous person and idiots will buy things because he is on them.

Ha ha ha... "Mr. Cent".

Yeah, but that doesn't explain the comparatively weak sales for a (better) game featuring the same famous person. Has he lost social capital with retarded over-cashed youngsters since then? I imagine that's probably it.

It couldn't of happened to a nicer guy.

Very surprising, does this mean some people gained those super powers called common sence and Individulity?

Pi_Fighter:
All franchises must ultimately come to an end.

...it's a me, Mario! :p
Also the game wasn't THAT bad. It was a little bland and maybe the brand isn't attractive anymore, but with a couple more features and, say, original characters, it could've done a lot better.

Clemenstation:

Cpt_Oblivious:

Clemenstation:
The only question this news really raises is: how did the FIRST 50 Cent game do so well?

Because Mr. Cent is a famous person and idiots will buy things because he is on them.

Ha ha ha... "Mr. Cent".

Yeah, but that doesn't explain the comparatively weak sales for a (better) game featuring the same famous person. Has he lost social capital with retarded over-cashed youngsters since then? I imagine that's probably it.

If his rapper name is 50 Cent, would his real name be Arthur Dollar?

Serves him right, the guy's a tosser.

People say "50 cent" is the reason this game didn't do well but frankly I expected this to fail even without him. You guys seriously think people would have been interested in a generic game like this if they threw in a different (maybe even fictional) person? The whole selling point was that it was a celebrity doing crazy shit in...sand world or wherever.

Now, sales must be disappointing but I wonder how big the "Rental" numbers are.

Well looks like all hope lies with the lil' Wayne game.

its a game about a no longer FOTM rapper not set in a location surburbabn white kids can fantasize about to feel hard. Therefore it fails to sell

xmetatr0nx:
Well looks like all hope lies with the lil' Wayne game.

That would be awesome.

Keane Ng:

xmetatr0nx:
Well looks like all hope lies with the lil' Wayne game.

That would be awesome.

Actually thinking about it now, Wu-tang Clan deserves another go at a video game. How long has it been since shaolin style, at least 9 years? Give them a game.

Keane Ng:

xmetatr0nx:
Well looks like all hope lies with the lil' Wayne game.

That would be awesome.

Screw lil' wayne. LIL' JOGN!

What!?!?

YEAAAHH!

SharPhoe:
Now we just have to hope the Souldja Boi game that's in the works goes just as poorly, and we're in business.

If that hits a million I'm nuking the states.

Sorry in advance, I love you all, I really do.

SharPhoe:
Now we just have to hope the Souldja Boi game that's in the works goes just as poorly, and we're in business.

I hope to god thats a joke...

Lopunny:

SharPhoe:
Now we just have to hope the Souldja Boi game that's in the works goes just as poorly, and we're in business.

I hope to god thats a joke...

I wish it was a joke, too. I really, REALLY do.

"the rapper's worth as a marketable brand is not only declining in the music industry" about bloody time too.

Anyway, poor Fiddy, has to lie about his awful game? :(

To the game's credit, it was actually fun to play cooperatively with a friend and I laughed the entire way through. It's not often you find absurdity in such a raw and appreciable form.

SharPhoe:

Lopunny:

SharPhoe:
Now we just have to hope the Souldja Boi game that's in the works goes just as poorly, and we're in business.

I hope to god thats a joke...

I wish it was a joke, too. I really, REALLY do.

Couldn't you of humoured me? put off the soul-destroying terrot for a while? :P

Well I played Bulletproof a few years ago and I thought it was... decent. I played it over a friends house for a few hours and we enjoyed it.

Neither of us was braindead enough to touch the story mode, so we played "50 Cent jerks around killing gangsters at random" mode, and it was pretty sweet. You could play as different people and there were weapon sets you could pick from, it was cool.

It looks like Fiddy is finally getting the sales drop he's deserved for all these years =p

Can't say I'm surprised really. I don't know how the first did so well.

Oh well...

mark0217:

Pi_Fighter:
All franchises must ultimately come to an end.

...it's a me, Mario! :p

Some come to an abrupt end, others die a slow and painful death over the course of decades.

So long, que padre!

Pi_Fighter:
All franchises must ultimately come to an end.

Sonic Team is in denial of such hard facts, make sure they understand first and foremost.

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