Random Post #1: “Way of the Dogg”, a new game starring Snoop Dogg

Discussing main issues in the gaming industry is an engaging matter. But sometimes, I guess it is good to talk about more odd stuff. Not that it is weird, but it might be interesting to have a new look at video games from peculiar events and announcements.

Fortunately, today’s topic is one of them!

"For shizzle, ma nizzle."

“For shizzle, ma nizzle.”

Snoop Dogg, or Snoop Lion, or Snoop Doggy Dog… Oh, what the heck! As all I can care, you can even call him Snoopy for short. But for the sake of this article, let’s just stick with “Snoop Dogg”.

So… Snoop Dogg has been involved in the creation of a new video game called “Way of the Dogg”. The game is described as a “rhythm-action, beat-matching combat experience”. Basically, you’ll be able to kick some ass using some rythm-based inputs. This concept isn’t new, as we already saw it in the Nintendo DS video game “Draglade”.

Snoop Dogg will obviously be in the game and you can even see him in the following trailer record some of his lines for the game:

Again, not a new thing. Snoop Dogg was already represented in a video game – a fighting game also – as the final boss of Def Jam: Fight For NY. And more recently, you can see him in the background of one the stages in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

As you can see, this isn’t Snoop Dogg’s first step in the video game industry. He was even involved in a GTA-like game called “Fear & Respect”, which kicked the bucket before it even got released. What is left of it is just the following trailer:

Getting back to Way of the Dogg, the game doesn’t really seem that innovative. But what really defines it is its atmosphere. The game is inspired by blaxploitation and kung-fu movies. Mix these two with some music and voilà! A rythm-fighting game with some of Snoop Dogg’s hits dropped in the soundtrack. This looks interesting…

The gameplay is very similar to the PS2 game "Gitaroo Man".

The gameplay looks very similar to the PS2 game “Gitaroo Man” and the DS game “Elite Beat Agents”.

Still, only one trailer and a few images were released up until now. But the game is expected to come out on Xbox360, PS3, iOS and Android on April, the 23rd. Considering the announcement concerning the release of Snoop Dogg’s next album “Reincarnated” in early 2013, one can understand the choice of this date.

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