Dog’s Life: A Critics Nightmare That Slipped Through the Nostalgia Cracks

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Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Guitar Hero and Singstar. A childhood fever dream of gaming obsession soaking up youthful attention and parents’ funds; We flashback to the early 00’s where the gaming industry hit the mainstream, enticing early day ‘indie’ developers into the potentials of a newly thriving culture.

I came from an average family that couldn’t afford all the latest games of the time but, oh boy, did I get into those EB Games and rummage through the clearance section on a weekly basis. And I can say with certainty that ‘Dog’s Life’ was there every time.

Image from: https://www.amazon.com/Dogs-Life-playstation-2/dp/B0002FQVEW

While the game was released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2 competing alongside such prolific titles as ‘Ratchet and Clank II: Locked & Loaded’, ‘Dog’s Life’ didn’t exactly receive the same appraisal. From outdated PS1 style graphics to the janky ‘tank controls’ and generic story line…

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