Shaq's new fighting game includes a Barack Obama-based DLC character.

If ever there was a case of headline bingo, For The Win’s “Shaquille O’Neal’s new video game will allow you to fight Kanye West as Barack Obama” is a pretty good example of it. Yes, it turns out that the Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn title, a sequel to the 1994 Sega Genesis game Shaq Fu, will have some downloadable content that includes a character with a whole lot of similarities to the 44th president of the United States. Here’s more on that from ScreenRant:

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn releases next week on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, but more interesting than Shaquille O’Neal’s return to virtual martial arts might be the game’s first DLC pack. Called BarackFu, the additional story appears to star none other than former United States President Barack Obama. Well, for legal reasons it will officially involve “Dirty Barry,” but the references make it quite clear who it is based upon.

…While the DLC has not been officially announced, the trophies for BarackFu give us some additional details about what to expect (via PSN Profiles). Players can become the “Commando-in-Chief” by defeating 300 enemies, and can use an attack called the “Barack n’ Rolla.” Dirty Barry’s fight will also lead to a confrontation with a Kanye West-inspired character called Con-Ye, and players will get a trophy called “The Death of Pablo” for beating the artistic mind behind The Life of Pablo.

Well, that’s certainly a thing. Pitting Obama against Kanye in a video game featuring current Turner Sports analyst Shaquille O’Neal would be pretty notable in many contexts, but in 2018, that’s perhaps more commonplace than you might initially imagine. And hey, maybe this will provide some entertainment for some. It’s definitely a curious idea, though, and it has many wondering why Shaq would be involved with this. We’ll see how it goes, but it’s definitely funny.


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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.