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  • Summary: Infusing hip-hop music, culture and lifestyle into the gameplay, EA Chicago and Def Jam Interactive push the boundaries of game development bringing unique and innovative content to the next generation of gaming. Music is the cornerstone of hip-hop culture so EA wanted to incorporate musicInfusing hip-hop music, culture and lifestyle into the gameplay, EA Chicago and Def Jam Interactive push the boundaries of game development bringing unique and innovative content to the next generation of gaming. Music is the cornerstone of hip-hop culture so EA wanted to incorporate music and rhythm into the actual gameplay mechanics. EA Chicago delivers star-stunning action and bone breaking beats as players live out the life of a hip hop mogul, going from rags to riches. Incorporating hip-hop culture into every aspect of the game, DEF JAM: ICON delivers the intensity of a no-holds-barred street fight but with style and rhythm. Music affects how players fight in each venue and environmental interactions and hazards become a key strategy to staying alive. The game's unique fighting gameplay controls introduce a new way for gamers to fight as they assume the role of top celebrity characters such as Ludacris, T.I. and Big Boi. Innovative controls give better feedback to players so they feel like they're actually throwing the combat moves. Gamers can now fight with the style and flash of the superstar personalities. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. Def Jam: ICON successfully combines the label-management career mode and surprisingly deep fighting. This, coupled with great graphics, interactive environments, and a killer soundtrack, make ICON an easy game to recommend.
  2. Def Jam: Icon plays well enough, but it really shines thanks to its crazy story and healthy roster.
  3. Icon is a fun ride, but it's got some pretty deep shoes to fill. It is fun and the music features are pretty cool, so give it a look. [Apr 2007, p.46]
  4. Like the previous Def jams, Icon can't decide what kind of game it wants to be. [Apr 2007, p.88]
  5. There's no way to imagine these fights as anything but someone's absurd rap fantasy that was somehow shoehorned onto a fighting game. [Mar 2007, p.53]
  6. If this game still had the previous (or an even deeper) fighting system, a run button, and weapons, it would probably already be a classic. While the visuals are amazing, the game just doesn't deliver as well in the fighting as it should.
  7. The wrestling element has been butchered. [May 2007, p.90]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. OneA.
    Mar 17, 2007
    8
    Besides the repetitive gameply slow control response- this is an audio centric game and I have to comment the audio. Three things about the Besides the repetitive gameply slow control response- this is an audio centric game and I have to comment the audio. Three things about the audio bring down the score- the punches sound like the explosions and the over-all mix is sub par. Playing in game sounds louder then the cutscenes (which are way too quite) and the high end crib with the news reports are louder then both the cutscenes and the in game. When I set my receiver volume I want to leave it set not boost it and lower it based on the mix. Also, they could have made much better use of the surrounds- the surround implementation is conservative. If it's a fighting game the fighting gameplay better be fantastic and if it's an audio game the audio better be top notch flying stars. Expand
  2. SkylerF.
    May 7, 2007
    7
    Although a rocky start, once you get the game going it can be very fun. The create a character is very realistic and the story to the game is Although a rocky start, once you get the game going it can be very fun. The create a character is very realistic and the story to the game is new, even though multiplayer is now only two player. Expand
  3. MickP.
    Jun 15, 2007
    6
    bought this game 2 days ago already broke a control pad in frustration. The controls are a nightmare seeing as i played it 4-5 hours straight bought this game 2 days ago already broke a control pad in frustration. The controls are a nightmare seeing as i played it 4-5 hours straight and still the right stick wouldnt do what i wanted it to. Apart from that the grathics are ok and the storyline is brilliant. Expand
  4. ZackC.
    Mar 29, 2007
    3
    Good graphics, terrible gameplay.
  5. Aug 19, 2011
    1
    Had this one lying in my game collection since 2009 when i bought it for like 10 bucks, back than i already hated the controls, now i pickedHad this one lying in my game collection since 2009 when i bought it for like 10 bucks, back than i already hated the controls, now i picked it up and it hasn't aged well at all, awful controls, awful A.I. Your character just punch and kicks whatever he wants to, remembering their moves is impossible, after i almost broke my controller i stopped the game, removed the disc and snapped it in half. The only thing this disc is good for is to be recycled so i hope that in one day a good game will be stamped on it. Expand
  6. GamerP
    Jun 24, 2009
    1
    Why did I give it a 1? Because the graphics are good thats why. Other than that it was by far the worst game I have ever played. From the Why did I give it a 1? Because the graphics are good thats why. Other than that it was by far the worst game I have ever played. From the amazing brilliant FFNY comes this horrible horrible game which really upset me in terms of how bad it was and I actually seriously wanted my money back and the 3 hours i spent 'trying' to give it a chance. The fighting was more limited than a piece of cheese and the A.I was idiotic. ALL my friends agree with me on this one... DON'T waste your time or money! Expand
  7. ScottN.
    Mar 10, 2007
    0
    Utter garbage. The graphics are ok but they forgot to add gameplay.

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