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  • Summary: This karaoke-style game will feature a robust set of hip-hop hits and extensive online community features.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    84
    Even those who only listen to a tune or two are bound to enjoy what this game has to offer, between its simple gameplay and boisterous community features. We had a great time with it, and we don't even wear derbies and gold chains. Well, not yet, anyway. (Just wait until the tour.)
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    A great introduction to the realm of Hip Hop based karaoke gaming. As a party game, both viewers and participants will be entertained with the song selection and visuals and most, if not all, of the songs are familiar enough with today's Hip Hop fans to yield entertaining results. The technology incorporated makes the game much more challenging than it looks.
  3. Dec 23, 2010
    80
    And while it doesn't have the universal appeal of its more mainstream counterparts, the potential of its online feature means it could well become a huge sleeper success.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    75
    While you won't see its name on a blimp, cool community features and a great songlist make Def Jam Rapstar a sure bet if you want to get your living room bumpin'.
  5. Dec 23, 2010
    72
    There isn't much to the game's career mode, but this game will certainly be a sure-fire winner at parties.
  6. Dec 23, 2010
    70
    For some, the game will be a chance to get a bit drunk and mess about singing Gold Digger while pretending to be the wiry-haired teacher off of Glee. And to that end, the game satisfies rather than dazzles.
  7. Dec 23, 2010
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 9, 2010
    10
    I have been waiting for this game since forever, and it delivers. From Wu-tang and Beastie boys to Kanye and Soulja Boy, there is something for everyone. Best karaoke style game Ive ever played by miles, and has an awesome online community where you can rap against others, gain fans, gain rivals, and/or just make a music video!! AND if you got 2 mics then 2 people can play and the game, for example on "nothin but a g thang" players 1 and 2 choose who is snoop and who is dre..... this game is great Expand
  2. jdo
    Oct 13, 2010
    10
    THIS. GAME. IS. THE. SH*T!! I've been playing the game non-stop since I bought it this weekend at Gamestop. So much fun. Always wanted to have a hip-hop game since that's what me and my friends listen to. I like Rock Band/Guitar Hero, but like Jay says - we off that. The track list is hot -- some old school stuff I'd never heard -- and they've already got more hot DLC up. Plus, you can record you and your boys playing around and then put it up on the web -- hilarious. If you like Hip-Hop, you need this game. If you like fun, you need this game. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2010
    9
    Great addition to anyone's music game collection!!! Sure to become a party favorite! The radio edits make it somewhat difficult for learning a song, but other than I have no complaints! Expand
  4. Dec 27, 2010
    5
    As a massive games and Hip-Hop fan I was really looking forward to DefJam Rapstar. The pre-release statement from the game's producer that they used PS2 title 'Get On The Mic' as an example of what not to do (thugged out avatars rapping along to your performance in exchange for bling and rims) was also music to my ears. Unfortunately what DefJam Rapstar is, is another badly produced rap-game. I think the decision to include the singing parts in your performance takes away from the essence of the game, this is made worse by the fact you have to unlock songs by playing the 'career mode'. As I own the UK copy of the game it is this last point which is most frustrating; in order to unlock Hip-Hop classics such as Big Poppa, Fight The Power, It Takes Two and Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See I have to endure performing wack-songs like Devlin - Giant, Tinchy Stryder - Number 1 and Soulja Boy - Turn My Swag On, none of which I even consider to follow the continuum of Hip-Hop music. Whilst I can accept these songs being part of the game I don't like being forced to play them just so I can get the content I originally bought the game for. I do enjoy playing the songs I like and for the most part the game does what is says on the box but all in all it is a low effort production. Other annoyances include the absolutely terrible main music loop that you can't turn off and the fact you cannot check your position on the leaderboard immediately after performing a song. What will really save this game for me is the DLC, especially if they drop classic albums like other music games. More classic 90s artists like Slick Rick, O.C., Jeru, Scarface, ATCQ, Lord Finesse and Big L and less mainstream pop music will be Rapstars saviour. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2012
    0
    WHAT? I don't have anything with the rap music, but this game is really terrible, the songs (in my opinion) are terrible, is like a terrible version of Lips and Rock Band, I prefer the fight games of Def Jam, this karaoke version is bad. Expand