User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 59
  2. Negative: 4 out of 59

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  1. DarrynM.
    Nov 29, 2004
    1
    Mindless homie crap!!
  2. J.Dub
    Oct 20, 2004
    1
    Lousy ... Lousy ... Lousy - what a waste of time and money.
  3. MoederN.
    Oct 9, 2004
    0
    The game's too easy, and the fighting system too. Normally it takes me months to complete a game, def jam fight for new york took me 2days to complete it. -xxxxxx- to my fans
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83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. 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.
  2. 90
    As far as sequels go, Fight for NY is to "Vendetta" what "The Empire Strikes Back" was to "Star Wars."
  3. The fact that it's got the deepest story ever seen in a fighter simply adds to the realistic feel of the brutal combat within.