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Snoop Dogg is in NHL 20 as Guest Commentator and Playable Character

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Snoop Dogg is in NHL 20 as Guest Commentator and Playable Character

Some of you might remember Snoop Dogg taking over the mic, during the Penguins vs. Kings game at Staples Center, earlier this year. If you missed it, here it is.

Now, he’s officially “In the Game”, featured as a guest commentator in NHL 20. He is also available as a playable character in ONES Offline, Squad Battles and World of Chel. Players who take on his Featured Squad in HUT, will be able to unlock his exclusive jersey.

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  1. Ha, wow, they're still promoting non-NHL distractions. This shouldn't surprise anyone, as they're making this a theme.
    Their long time fans and people who actually give a sh*t about this game and series, along with the integrity of hockey, are being mocked and forced to have to deal with this pathetic and non-hockey related garbage. Who or what does this trash appeal to?
    Now that's performance.
    SMH. I mean...if he's doing it for free then, *sigh* whatever, who cares but if EA are paying him then why on earth are they not putting those resources into creating a better game.
    Can't believe I'm actually thinking about not buying NHL 21 after buying this game on multiple systems since 92.I mean with this **** they're putting out.Threes,ones hut,CHEL and now Snoop Dogg.They are definitely not caring about us real customers that have built this franchise and now these guys are killing it.I tried all the other modes and I can't play them .I want hockey not NHL Hitz or some other arcade kiddie game . I've given you guys so much money but no more,,I will be playing it free on EA Access from now on,I know I'm still paying but not as much. If another company puts out a hockey game I will drop EA as I suspect so will many other people.Come on 2K, SONY or anyone else we need HOCKEY.
    Thank god, this is what the game needed BADLY. Snoop Dogg will save this series!!!!
    Jk, this is just further proof that the game is 100% geared towards kiddies. Sad to say my favorite sport has been my least favorite video game for about the last decade now... Let's see if they start off good in the next console gen, or we get another NHL 15.
    Pathetic. While this game has so many gameplay related problems, lacks innovation, and does about a bad a job of representing the sport it possibly can, nothing proves EA cares nothing about delivering a solid hockey experience than this. The commentary was arcadey to begin with but its even more painful listening to Snoops idiotic banter
    fasteddy
    You can tell he knows nothing about hockey.

    Actually, Snoop has been going to hockey games more and more of late. He may not be a hockey "legend", but he at least genuinely likes the sport and he's an LA Kings fan.
    I don't think there's anything wrong with including him in the game, but yeah, it would be nice if EA actually used some of the same resources as they have for putting celebrities in the game to actually fix long standing issues we've been dealing with for years now.
    So besides "jockey", what rhymes with "hockey"? I'm no rap expert, but I don't see having "jockey" in your lyrics more than twice is gonna do much for anyone.
    For good commentary, EA is looking in cities with a long hockey connection to be the next new consultants to add realism to the game.
    Some of the cities they are looking in are
    Lagos Nigeria
    Mumbai India
    Dahka Bangeldesh
    Kinshasa DR Congo....
    These cities should have an input on the direction this franchise should go.....
    Snoopy dog was only a transition to the above.
    jack72
    For good commentary, EA is looking in cities with a long hockey connection to be the next new consultants to add realism to the game.
    Some of the cities they are looking in are
    Lagos Nigeria
    Mumbai India
    Dahka Bangeldesh
    Kinshasa DR Congo....
    These cities should have an input on the direction this franchise should go.....
    Snoopy dog was only a transition to the above.

    That's racist... :/
    VeNOM3099
    That's racist... :/

    How is that racist Venom?
    I think a lot of people misleading the true meaning of this word.
    I think to judge people just by the color of their skin is the most stupidest thing, but that post above has nothing in common with that.
    Also wouldn't it be great if we as society could go back little and appreciate some sense of humor again?
    I mean it would be great and very healthy if we can laugh and make some fun of each other without this screaming and calling each other racist... or sexism or whatever.
    I'm sick of it honestly :(
    jack72
    For good commentary, EA is looking in cities with a long hockey connection to be the next new consultants to add realism to the game.
    Some of the cities they are looking in are
    Lagos Nigeria
    Mumbai India
    Dahka Bangeldesh
    Kinshasa DR Congo....
    These cities should have an input on the direction this franchise should go.....
    Snoopy dog was only a transition to the above.

    Ha, sarcasm noted. :D
    I've got no issue with this. Nice to see a commentary update during the season, and Snoop doesn't appear every game; it's similar to KG, Kobe or Bill Simmons popping up in NBA 2K commentary.
    Not the point,I also don't mind Snoop Dogg,but there's other things we've asked for and haven't got it.And those guys are former basketball players,how about commentary from hockey guys like Cherry,Orr or Gretzky.I bet you if you would have asked a hundred fans what they would like added to the game you would never have heard Snoop Dogg.
    DJ
    I've got no issue with this. Nice to see a commentary update during the season, and Snoop doesn't appear every game; it's similar to KG, Kobe or Bill Simmons popping up in NBA 2K commentary.

    Lol
    Wouldn't it be funny if somebody like Don Cherry or other hockey persona would popup from time to time in the NBA 2K, FIFA or NFL commenting the game?? :D
    Or if they added some NHL players to these non hockey games as a playable characters??
    Hah! There would be a riot in the streets probably :D
    Of course they don't do that.
    DJ NEO
    Lol
    Wouldn't it be funny if somebody like Don Cherry or other hockey persona would popup from time to time in the NBA 2K, FIFA or NFL commenting the game?? :D
    Or if they added some NHL players to these non hockey games as a playable characters??
    Hah! There would be a riot in the streets probably :D
    Of course they don't do that.

    No, having a hockey persona show up in a non hockey game would be dumb and wouldn't make sense.
    Snoop Dogg isn't a persona of any sport though.
    I mean, I know your just trolling for the sake of trolling but maybe find an example that actually makes sense to do so....
    kehlis
    No, having a hockey persona show up in a non hockey game would be dumb and wouldn't make sense.
    Snoop Dogg isn't a persona of any sport though.
    I mean, I know your just trolling for the sake of trolling but maybe find an example that actually makes sense to do so....

    So if Snoop isn't a persona of any sport (as you say) then it makes more sense to you to let him do the commentary for the a hockey game, really?
    And are you aware that they actually put some NBA and NFL players as playable characters in NHL?
    You should collect some info at least before you start insulting the people on forums you should be moderating.
    DJ NEO
    So if Snoop isn't a persona of any sport (as you say) then it makes more sense to you to let him do the commentary for the a hockey game, really?
    And are you aware that they actually put some NBA and NFL players as playable characters in NHL?
    You should collect some info at least before you start insulting the people on forums you should be moderating.

    No idea how any of this has any relevance to what I said?
    Is SD a persona for any particular sport? (Yes, or no)
    Don't care who is or isn't playable in the game. Not at all relevant to your comments.
    What further info do I need to collect to understand that you were trolling EA as you have been for quite some time?
    (I'm not new here nor am I naive to your history)
    kehlis
    No idea how any of this has any relevance to what I said?
    Is SD a persona for any particular sport? (Yes, or no)
    Don't care who is or isn't playable in the game. Not at all relevant to your comments.
    What further info do I need to collect to understand that you were trolling EA as you have been for quite some time?
    (I'm not new here nor am I naive to your history)

    'm sorry man, I'm not your daddy to give you lessons from critical thinking and logic if you (really) can't see that nonsense in what you just said in these last few posts.
    And I don't even think that's what you expecting from people here with this attitude of yours that anybody with different opinions (or opinion at all) is more or less troll or hates EA (or 2K or whatever)
    DJ NEO
    'm sorry man, I'm not your daddy to give you lessons from critical thinking and logic

    Cool, your maturity level is pretty clear at this point.
    Take care.
    kehlis
    No, having a hockey persona show up in a non hockey game would be dumb and wouldn't make sense.
    Snoop Dogg isn't a persona of any sport though.
    I mean, I know your just trolling for the sake of trolling but maybe find an example that actually makes sense to do so....

    And that's DJ NEO's point: from an EA Sports' perspective, it made (apparent) sense to add non-hockey personas (NFL, NBA, and Stoopizzle) to a hockey video game, of which makes absolutely no sense, and he sarcastically pointed out that it's doubtful that you'll see NHL players in other sports video game.
    I absolutely and fully understand where he's coming from, and it's not even remotely close to "trolling". Personally, I'm confused as to why EA is doing this sort of thing. If they actually listened to and read the communities concerns, and fixed the year-after-year issues, they wouldn't have to add this nonsensical "fluff" to sell the game or "keep it fresh".
    DJ NEO
    How is that racist Venom?
    I think a lot of people misleading the true meaning of this word.
    I think to judge people just by the color of their skin is the most stupidest thing, but that post above has nothing in common with that.
    Also wouldn't it be great if we as society could go back little and appreciate some sense of humor again?
    I mean it would be great and very healthy if we can laugh and make some fun of each other without this screaming and calling each other racist... or sexism or whatever.
    I'm sick of it honestly :(

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but the list of locales he gave coupled with the fact he has issues with Snoop Dogg... Kinda makes it seem like his issue is with a certain type of people.
    I'm a BIG believer in the words of the late great George Carlin; people are so caught up with words, when it's the people who utter those words and the context in which they use them who are the problem, not the words themselves.
    I just don't agree with people's hate towards the person of Snoop because he's Snoop and was included in the game. Be mad at the game because it's bad? Ok. Be mad at the game because Snoop is in it? Why???
    VeNOM3099
    Not to put too fine a point on it, but the list of locales he gave coupled with the fact he has issues with Snoop Dogg... Kinda makes it seem like his issue is with a certain type of people.
    I'm a BIG believer in the words of the late great George Carlin; people are so caught up with words, when it's the people who utter those words and the context in which they use them who are the problem, not the words themselves.
    I just don't agree with people's hate towards the person of Snoop because he's Snoop and was included in the game. Be mad at the game because it's bad? Ok. Be mad at the game because Snoop is in it? Why???

    People negatively reacting to Snoop being in the game I believe is simple. Is it in any way fixing any of the problems associated with the core engine/gameplay? It appears EA has the time and possibly resources (money???) to get Snoop to record his dialogue but have also stated in the past that they don't have the time to invest on their ai programming? This is what I believe people are upset at and not directly Snoop or the Adidas marketing content. All of this simply adds to the frustration though that EA is focusing their time and energy on fluff instead of the core issue.
    ya, I agree.
    To be clear I'm actually a fan of Snoop, I love many of his songs (especially produced by Neptunes) and I agree with many things he says, he is a very naturally funny and smart person too.
    But still, I just don't want him in a hockey game.
    I don't want any celebrity to be in a hockey game, I don't want developers spent money and time on such things.
    Definitely not now, when the game needs so much work elsewhere.
    Well, everything happens for a reason.
    What makes me really sad and not optimistic that the creative director of this game is now a man whos last (and the only one actually) big title was a game that represents basically everything that I don't like about the gaming industry today.
    This is his last game before NHL. Please pay special attention when he talks about where the resources are spent.

    Again, I'm not saying that his direction can't necessarily work for you, for me personally, this is NOT the way to go.
    This is what Wiki says about what the creative director does:
    A creative director is a vital role in all of the arts and entertainment industries and can be seen as another element in any product development process. The creative director may also assume the roles of an art director, copywriter, or lead designer. The responsibilities of a creative director include leading the communication design, interactive design, and concept forward in any work assigned.
    A creative director in a video game company is usually responsible for product development across a number of titles and is generally regarded as the prime design authority across the company's product range.
    The director must devise ideas to lead a video game project forward and many responsibilities involve working with various individuals or teams spread out within the entire project or video-game production...
    handheldpictures
    People negatively reacting to Snoop being in the game I believe is simple. Is it in any way fixing any of the problems associated with the core engine/gameplay? It appears EA has the time and possibly resources (money???) to get Snoop to record his dialogue but have also stated in the past that they don't have the time to invest on their ai programming? This is what I believe people are upset at and not directly Snoop or the Adidas marketing content. All of this simply adds to the frustration though that EA is focusing their time and energy on fluff instead of the core issue.

    They added him to Madden as well. And honestly, it didn't bug me (other than the amount of energy my body had used-up to make my eyes roll - EA owes me a couple of KCals!!! :D ).
    But Madden is in a MUCH better place than NHL is and I have to think even the most casual Madden players probably scoffed a bit when he was added. Madden doesn't need Snoop to sell. I could just ignore the silliness and go back to enjoying my franchise.
    For NHL though, a series becoming more and more a niche title, it smacks of "we need him to sell the game for us" when the core of the game is still rotten (poor AI and a lack of roster stretch continuing to be huge issues).
    They're spending money on new rims and fuzzy dice for a car that needs a new transmission.
    handheldpictures
    People negatively reacting to Snoop being in the game I believe is simple. Is it in any way fixing any of the problems associated with the core engine/gameplay? It appears EA has the time and possibly resources (money???) to get Snoop to record his dialogue but have also stated in the past that they don't have the time to invest on their ai programming? This is what I believe people are upset at and not directly Snoop or the Adidas marketing content. All of this simply adds to the frustration though that EA is focusing their time and energy on fluff instead of the core issue.

    Again, this was something that EA had said they were doing from the get go. If you go back and read the info about the game BEFORE it came out, they said they were going to be doing this exact stuff from the start. They didn't say WHO was going to be appearing as guest commentators, but they did say it was going to be done. So they didn't spend any extra money to get Snoop into the game, he was already a part of it.
    So everybody knew it was going to happen. Everybody was fine with them adding different commentary throughout the year and nobody said **** up until the moment Snoop popped up on their screen? C'mon...
    That said, I'm right along with everyone else on this; EA should be taking more care about the core gameplay aspects of the game as well as the presentation. Enhancing the commentary at this point without updating the gameplay engine to actually be... y'know... Good? Feels like kind of a letdown. But it's been the same constant letdown year after year, and Snoop is not at fault for that.
    DJ NEO
    ya, I agree.
    To be clear I'm actually a fan of Snoop, I love many of his songs (especially produced by Neptunes) and I agree with many things he says, he is a very naturally funny and smart person too.
    But still, I just don't want him in a hockey game.
    I don't want any celebrity to be in a hockey game, I don't want developers spent money and time on such things.
    Definitely not now, when the game needs so much work elsewhere.
    Well, everything happens for a reason.
    What makes me really sad and not optimistic that the creative director of this game is now a man whos last (and the only one actually) big title was a game that represents basically everything that I don't like about the gaming industry today.
    This is his last game before NHL. Please pay special attention when he talks about where the resources are spent.

    Again, I'm not saying that his direction can't necessarily work for you, for me personally, this is NOT the way to go.
    This is what Wiki says about what the creative director does:
    A creative director is a vital role in all of the arts and entertainment industries and can be seen as another element in any product development process. The creative director may also assume the roles of an art director, copywriter, or lead designer. The responsibilities of a creative director include leading the communication design, interactive design, and concept forward in any work assigned.
    A creative director in a video game company is usually responsible for product development across a number of titles and is generally regarded as the prime design authority across the company's product range.
    The director must devise ideas to lead a video game project forward and many responsibilities involve working with various individuals or teams spread out within the entire project or video-game production...

    Yes, but again, this was all known since BEFORE the game dropped. Go back and look at the NHL 20 info from August. They said they were going to be adding new "SPECIAL" commentary throughout the year (although knowing EA, they probably mean once or twice). So they didn't spend any extra money and the recordings are probably already done.
    In a sense they took a page right out of the NBA 2K series which has been doing that for YEARS.
    Could they have improved the game some? 100% they should've!
    But my issue is with the people that are complaining all of a sudden, when they were FINE with this feature being in the game from the get go, only piping up when they found out it was Snoop who was guest commentating. To me that sounds a little too... Convenient.
    Yeah it was bad idea before as it is now, nothing has changed in this regard, so not sure what you think you can find behind it.
    Well, maybe if they chose some we'll respected hockey person that would help to make this over the top arcade commentary little more realistic, then it could make some sense in a longer time perspective, but to add rapper? To a hockey game?
    ...and NBA and NFL players... to a hockey game?
    What happened to the common sense? Lol
    Or we can try to talk like mature people and I could explain you exactly what's behind it. As someone who works/ collaborate with PR people all my life, I know very well who are they are targeting with this. And let's be honest, most people understand it, right?
    But then again, you could get triggered/offended and call me racist as you did to that other guy, so I'm not sure if it's all worthy.
    kehlis
    No, having a hockey persona show up in a non hockey game would be dumb and wouldn't make sense.
    Snoop Dogg isn't a persona of any sport though.
    I mean, I know your just trolling for the sake of trolling but maybe find an example that actually makes sense to do so....

    Ok, so what do YOU think Snoop Dogg is famous for ... then educate us on how that relates to hockey.
    God, the "T" word is thrown around way too damn much.
    daflyboys
    Ok, so what do YOU think Snoop Dogg is famous for ... then educate us on how that relates to hockey.
    God, the "T" word is thrown around way too damn much.

    If I'm not mistaken, he's famous for music.
    Is that right? I think so at least.
    I don't recall saying that relates to hockey, please feel free to quote me to show where I did. I've been wrong before and will be wrong again.
    What a wasted feature,wonder how much money they wasted on him.Should not be in a hockey game,does not say anything intelligent or anything relating to hockey.If I wanted to know anything about hockey he would be the last person I would ask.Ever listen to his nonsense and James falling all over himself,call him immortal.PLEASE!
    I thought it was neat the first time I heard him but after that, it's pretty much repetitive. Might be cool if they had several different people or if they ever add more personalities.
    opd897
    He's a convicted felon in the U.S. and has been banned off and on from entering other countries. Source...Wikipedia. Nice choice EA.

    Marty McSorley is also a convicted felon, and he is playable on multiple alumni teams. JS
    theonlybstew
    Marty McSorley is also a convicted felon, and he is playable on multiple alumni teams. JS
    One difference, he's a hockey player.Snoop Dogg has nothing to do with hockey, who's next Beonce.
    fasteddy
    One difference, he's a hockey player.Snoop Dogg has nothing to do with hockey, who's next Beyonce.

    well imagine there are some people in charge of this game that believe such a thing might bring new fans to the series Lol
    But I think rapper called Drake is the next properly scanned (and voiced) character to our hockey game.
    fasteddy
    One difference, he's a hockey player.Snoop Dogg has nothing to do with hockey, who's next Beonce.

    Another difference, OPD was trashing the choice because of a felony conviction, not whether Snoop has anything to do with hockey.
    fasteddy
    Forget new fans,what about the fans that made the the game,been playing since 92 on multiple platforms.

    ya, I honestly believe they take us granted.
    They think we will buy the game no matter what, even with this minimum effort and for the full prize, day one.
    The ONLY thing that might stop our group from buying the game every year is the roster share, that's why we won't ever get this simple feature.
    They rather shifted their focus to the kids (measured with the actual age or just IQ) that are more vulnerable to addictions (HUT in this case).
    As a veteran of this series, since NHLPA Hockey '93 for the SNES, we are most definitely being left behind. And, at this point, I can only assume that some of the people of whom are investing their time and effort into this game, aren't the same ones that have been with this series since the start, and/or many years. In other words, the catering to a certain gamer base completely forgets about the roots of this series: gameplay, fun, enjoyable and worth the time to play.
    There's some gaming companies that have stayed true to their roots, and continue to not only listen to their fan/gamer base, but they also update their games on a regular and scheduled basis. This series, and in particular NHL '20, has seen bugs/glitches that get "dealt with" on a month-to-month basis, and still exist for numerous years. For example, the right post and left padstack propulsion, with it being sorted out after an entire month, despite how many posts referenced it on their forum.
    And their mindset is, it's what the community "asked for", when they added masks, non-hockey related clothing, etc. The question is, which community are they exactly referring to? From what I've read, and it's a lot, I haven't come across a "majority rules" acceptance of non-hockey related gear, guests, etc. There's no voting. There's no definitive consensus. There's no canvassing. It's forced into the game, and onto the player base. And on top of that, the developers' responses are few and far between, with a typical response of "we'll pass it onto the team" while the gameplay continues to spiral downward.
    Bottom line, the game of hockey doesn't need the extra "stuff", as it reduces the integrity of the game. Hockey is a game of integrity, which doesn't have pre-game dance intros, face masks, Halloween gear, Christmas gear, etc., and other useless crap. You can easily tell who plays or who has played hockey, just by a quick visual. Also, this game should be equal for all positions, including goalie where it's currently the most frustrating position to play, this game shouldn't "tilt" when a team has a 3rd period lead, and this game shouldn't punish the remaining human players (that don't quit) in EASHL with overpowered CPU replacements. Undoubtedly, NHL '20 is my least favourite interaction of the series.
    I admit that I am brand new to the series and still learning the game of hockey itself. So I’m sure my opinion won’t matter here. However I don’t see the big problem. A lot of time in sports they might have a famous come into the booth or spot someone in the crowd and let him talk for a bit. Just because it’s fun. If it’s not changing the gameplay I don’t see the hate. Like someone else said they already put it in the budget for snoop to be apart of the game. It’s not like they said “We can’t fix this bug because we had to pay snoop.”
    Also there is nothing wrong with attracting causal fans, and more diverse fans? Those the fans that will spend the money on the ultimate team and arcade types of modes, and that money can be use on the overall game to make the improvements you guys want. I hate just throwing the race thing around but in this case It might.
    Who is throwing the race thing in.We just want money to be spent on things that we asked for,not some celebrity who doesn't add anything to the game.He tries too hard to be cool,instead of adding any substance to the game.
    I enjoy Snoop's music, but he is appearing far too often in my games. I wish we could adjust the frequency. After the first time, his little interview with James is pretty much the same.
    Cycloniac
    I enjoy Snoop's music, but he is appearing far too often in my games. I wish we could adjust the frequency. After the first time, his little interview with James is pretty much the same.

    You can. Go into the sound settings and either turn it completely off or set it to where it only comes on here and there.
    csamuelsvt
    You can. Go into the sound settings and either turn it completely off or set it to where it only comes on here and there.

    Really? Thanks for pointing this out
    I normally don't say much about EA's additions but, I just had the "Snoop experience" in a play now game. Brought nothing to the table because screaming "goal" or "what a shot" after James did.

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