Def Jam Vendetta PlayStation 2

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
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  1. Compared to the all-powerful "SmackDown!" it gets pummelled into the canvas in terms of variety of moves and subtlety. (Relatively speaking, or course. Neither are exactly delicate games). [GamesMaster]
  2. Cheat Code Central
    70
    I can honestly say that as far as wrestling games go this one is pretty darn decent. It's due to the grappling engine and the excellent graphics and animation.
  3. GMR Magazine
    70
    One of the fastest-paced, most exciting wrestling games we've ever played... [But] effectively dealing with multiple opponents is highly problematic. [Apr 2003, p.70]
  4. netjak
    68
    As far as replay value is concerned, Def Jam: Vendetta has absolutely none. Zilch. Once you run through the story mode with the four playable characters, that pretty much ends it.
  5. Unfortunately, Def Jam drops the mic again by not providing any sort of Character Creator.
  6. A great looking game with a tried-and-true wrestling engine behind it. Unfortunately the modes of play and options are lacking, and casual fans only interested in the recording artists will quickly tire of the structured format.
  7. If only DMX could sic his pit bulls on you, Funkmaster Flex burst your eardrums ID'ing himself, or Redman burn you with a blunt.
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    58
    When all is said and done, Vendetta is an uninspired wrestling title that lacks Def Jam's trademark sheen. [21 Mar 2003, p.120]
  9. Maybe wrestling and rap will suit you more than me, or maybe it won’t.

Awards & Rankings

#62 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. May 1, 2016
    8
    One of the best fighting games of all time and one of the best fighting games on PS2 . Normal Graphics , many submissions and grapples andOne of the best fighting games of all time and one of the best fighting games on PS2 . Normal Graphics , many submissions and grapples and strikes . Awesome characters and enemies . This is wrestling game . Def Jam Vendetta even better than WWE SmackDown Here Comes The Pain . 8/10 Full Review »
  2. Aug 12, 2010
    9
    I remember when I first started to play videogames, thiswas one of the first games that I ever played, and I have to say, it is one of theI remember when I first started to play videogames, thiswas one of the first games that I ever played, and I have to say, it is one of the most entertaining fighting games ever to come out for the PS2. Full Review »
  3. JakeD.
    Jan 4, 2005
    10
    This game friging roxxx.