Def Jam: Fight for NY PlayStation 2

Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
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  1. games(TM)
    70
    A more solid, playable and visually splendid grappler than this will be hard to come by... If it weren’t for the fact that you can easily clock Story mode and unlock everything in a weekend, we’d have a much easier job recommending Fight For New York. [Nov 2004, p.108]
  2. Sure, you can dress your fighter in all sorts of swish gear and blinging jewellery and Henry Rollins is on hand to teach you new 'Blazin' moves and generally improve your tactics, but once you've taken away all the gimmicks, you're left with what is still a very niche title.
  3. 66
    The opponents seem to always outclass you, with the AI coming across as simplistic, relying instead on superior stats as opposed to any kind of impressive fighting prowess.
  4. The gameplay is marred by the unforgiving AI that brutally destroys you whenever you gain just the slightest advantage. With that being said, Def Jam is at times more stressful than fun to play.
  5. Not to mention, cheap AI, stiff controls, the "I can be beaten in a weekend" story mode, and an overload of psuedo-censored rap music hold this wrestler disguised as a street brawler back from being truly great.
  6. Play Magazine
    58
    New fighting styles, more weapons, added match types, rowdy crowds and some wicked, brutal environmental interactions help make up for the watered-down brawling. [Oct 2004, p.87]

Awards & Rankings

#24 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#20 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. May 19, 2015
    9
    Def Jam: Fight for NY, is when a bunch of artist are street fighters. They fight in 5 fighting styles.
    Martial Arts
    Street Fighting
    Def Jam: Fight for NY, is when a bunch of artist are street fighters. They fight in 5 fighting styles.
    Martial Arts
    Street Fighting
    Wrestling
    Kick-Boxing
    Submissionist
    You can use weapons, the enviorment to your adventage, and the crowd can help you. There are so many Characters, and Venues, to unlock and to choose from.
    This was defintinly an upgrade from Vendetta. The story takes place after, D-mob gets arrested. You rescue him, and you start fighting for him. However, after a while the storyline doesn't really pick off from where you left off in Vendetta. You have to help take over clubs, by fighting Crow's men. (Snoop Dog) The character customizations is great. You can choose you're fighting style, wear some amazing clothes and jewlery, make character look different, get tatoos, and hair cuts. Better blazing moves
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  2. Nov 29, 2014
    10
    One of the GREATEST fighting games of all time! Full of awesome blazin moves, hip-hop and celebrity fighters, Def Jam FFNY shows great fun!One of the GREATEST fighting games of all time! Full of awesome blazin moves, hip-hop and celebrity fighters, Def Jam FFNY shows great fun! Not very great on the story though. Full Review »
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    On par with Tekken 4, absolutely fantastic game, great story that doesn't necessarily follow on from Vendetta, customisation is brilliant andOn par with Tekken 4, absolutely fantastic game, great story that doesn't necessarily follow on from Vendetta, customisation is brilliant and overall the best fighting game I've ever played... Sorry Tekken Full Review »