Ludacris, Snoop, Busta To Battle In ‘Def Jam Vendetta 2′

Hip-hop-themed virtual-fighting game returns for round two this fall.

The mean streets of New York’s hip-hop underground are once again the battlefield for a new video game, “Def Jam Vendetta 2.”

The virtual-fighting game, created by EA Games in collaboration with Def Jam Records, continues the premise of the first “Vendetta” adventure, which put hip-hop stars alongside fictional street thugs in an underworld power grab.

Lined up for “Def Jam Vendetta 2″ are character representations of Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Ghostface, Joe Budden, Method Man and Lil’ Kim. Old-school icons like Ice-T, Slick Rick and Flava Flav are included, too, as are lithe femme fatales Carmen Electra and Def Jam honcho Russell Simmons’ wife and Baby Phat creator, Kimora Lee Simmons.

The game is designed to host online play, which means players from around the world can challenge each other via an Internet connection.

“Vendetta 2″ is expected in stores this fall. An accompanying soundtrack is being planned, featuring new songs by several Def Jam artists.