Def Jam: Icon PlayStation 3

Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
Buy On
  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. PSM Magazine
    85
    Overall, Icon is an incredible first effort that feels like there just wasn't enough time to fully flesh out every feature, but got the core concept nailed. [Apr 2007, p.76]
  3. While it still very much feels like a sequel, everything is bigger, better, and more stylish. In the end, Def Jam: Icon manages to feel like a fresh experience instead of more of the same.
  4. Icon is an average fighting game but the graphics, style, and interesting use of music make it more entertaining than I thought possible.
  5. Def Jam: Icon plays well enough, but it really shines thanks to its crazy story and healthy roster.
  6. 81
    Build a label mode seems generally linear, but it is well thought out and features an excellent cast.
  7. Pelit (Finland)
    80
    A beat 'em up that is both pretty and a lot of fun with interesting music-related gameplay ideas. The controls are a bit too complicated for a beat 'em up, though. And where has the 4-player game gone? [Mar 2007]
  8. Its graphics are unprecedented, with gameplay and camera tricks that could not have been pulled off (in this form) in the previous generation. Hardcore fighting fans, however, are likely to be disappointed – and in the long run, turned off – by the lack of multiplayer enthusiasm.
  9. Hardcore Gamer
    80
    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]
  10. Play UK
    79
    Feels like an unfulfilled promise, a game that could have been great but quite happily settled for being good. It's a real shame when you consider how much fun the opening hours are and multiplayer is. [Issue #151, p.88]
  11. Game Informer
    78
    After a while, the recycled environments and repetitive battles start to feel like a chore rather than a reward. [Mar 2007, p.96]
  12. Hip-hop fans will almost certainly have one hell of a time with this game, with the focus on building label and the extensive soundtrack.
  13. Building a Label isn’t deep, but it’s fun and silly, the engine makes for some nail biting fights, everything looks great, and the musically-timed catastrophes are worth the price of admission alone.
  14. It's just two hairs short of a masterpiece. EA and Def Jam have set the bar really high for fighting games.
User Score
4.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Jul 13, 2015
    0
    i'll be frank, def jam icon is a flop compare to def jam ps2, i bought this game this game because of the love i had for def jam ps2 but iti'll be frank, def jam icon is a flop compare to def jam ps2, i bought this game this game because of the love i had for def jam ps2 but it totally ruin my love for def jam. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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! Full Review »