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  • Summary: The ultimate hip-hop-fueled fighting video game features more than 70 characters, including more than 35 of the most well-known artists and personalities in hip-hop today, including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil? Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Sean Paul, Slick Rick, Snoop Dogg, andThe ultimate hip-hop-fueled fighting video game features more than 70 characters, including more than 35 of the most well-known artists and personalities in hip-hop today, including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil? Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Sean Paul, Slick Rick, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Def Jam Vendetta II challenges players to step into the shoes of a ruthless NYC street fighter battling for control of the hip-hop underground. The game features an all-new fighting engine allowing gamers to customize multiple fighting styles as the deep new story mode takes the action well beyond the ring and into the streets. Master each fighting style: street fighting, kickboxing, martial arts, wrestling, and submission fighting. Combine up to three styles to create devastating hybrid-styles, complete with new "blazin' moves" to finish off your opponent. Build your own street-ready fighter and outfit him with thousands of pieces of unlockable licensed gear, tattoos, and even bling from the Jeweler to the stars, Jacob the Jeweler. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Even if straight-on wrestling isn’t your thing, the fighting element in the game is involved enough to please fighting game fans. Of course, fans of the hip-hop genre will love the atmosphere in the game.
  2. I recommend it if you aren’t squeamish about knocking the crap out of very realistic and very familiar looking people.
  3. A game that practically reinvents the original and presents what's arguably one of the most visceral, compelling fighting experiences you're likely to have this side of 2005.
  4. A challenging level of difficulty plus next-to-useless instructions makes Def Jam: Fight For NY harder than it needs to be. But once you master your skills (and overlook the camera problems), it's one of the most viscerally fun brawlers in ages.
  5. 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.
  6. 80
    Controlling your fighter can become a difficult chore as the characters often feel sluggish and almost unresponsive in heated bouts where quickly moving CPU characters always seem to have the advantage.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Reaudjerome
    Sep 7, 2004
    10
    That's a perfect game. that's a great idea integrate rappers as fighter the first one was great but the new one is better moreThat's a perfect game. that's a great idea integrate rappers as fighter the first one was great but the new one is better more powerfull.. Gotta have it !! Collapse
  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. Expand
  3. TreyR.
    Oct 4, 2004
    10
    Best game I`ve ever played in my life,Great graphics,violence,blood what else can you ask for.
  4. TAYLORP.
    Dec 31, 2004
    10
    This game has great graphics.It is one of the best games i've played.I have beat story mode five times.I also have a question about This game has great graphics.It is one of the best games i've played.I have beat story mode five times.I also have a question about story mode at the end does your girlfriend die of smoke inhalation from the fire or is she just KO?That's all. Expand
  5. Liz
    Dec 31, 2005
    10
    This game is off the chain! It is the Best game made since GTA: Vice City & San Andreas. The songs of the soundtrack were very wise choices This game is off the chain! It is the Best game made since GTA: Vice City & San Andreas. The songs of the soundtrack were very wise choices and fit game very well. I am proud of the makers and am waiting for the next Def Jam. Thanx! Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2013
    8
    I think that this game is very good! lots of things to do, I used to play this game alot when I was younger and the game was more playable, asI think that this game is very good! lots of things to do, I used to play this game alot when I was younger and the game was more playable, as in I played with my brother all the time, now we don't play it together anymore, Although, I have been playing it for awhile today. I just like to fight people in this game and earn cash and then buy things. the only problem is that I can't earn anymore points to upgrade my stats for my character, but no worries it's almost full anyways. Expand
  7. 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 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 Expand

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