Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
Buy On
  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. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Awards & Rankings

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#19 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
11
#11 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 88
  2. Negative: 4 out of 88
  1. May 24, 2018
    9
    It's 2018 and DJFFNY keeps being as good as always, it's one of the best games from the PS2/XBox era, and it ranks in the Top 5 of localIt's 2018 and DJFFNY keeps being as good as always, it's one of the best games from the PS2/XBox era, and it ranks in the Top 5 of local multiplayer games EVER, solid story mode, awesome and brutal gameplay, great 2000's cast, and one of the most fun multiplayer experiences in gaming, playing this with my friends on saturday nights is one of my favorite gaming memories. If you own or are able to emulate a PS2, get this game ASAP, you won't regret Full Review »
  2. May 2, 2018
    9
    def jam fight for ny es uno de los mejores juegos de peleas que e jugado, y combina muy bien ciertos componentes arcade y de simulacion dandodef jam fight for ny es uno de los mejores juegos de peleas que e jugado, y combina muy bien ciertos componentes arcade y de simulacion dando un trabajo final grandioso tiene varios estilos de pelea y se pueden combinar 3 de los 6 que quedan a la eleccion de el jugador. la cantidad de personajes, ropa, accesorios y hasta cortes de pelo es muy variada en fin es un gran juego Full Review »
  3. Jan 31, 2018
    9
    One of the best PS2-Games ever. DJ Vendetta is great too, but DJ FFNY is the best in the franchise. I think a modern DJ-Game would be pretty awesome.