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  • Summary: It's been three years since D-Mob chased you out of the New York fight circuit and you swore you'd never go back. Now your pal Manny is in trouble, and he needs you to bail him out. Your only chance to get the money is to settle a score with the Def Jam crew, including DMX, Ludacris, JoeIt's been three years since D-Mob chased you out of the New York fight circuit and you swore you'd never go back. Now your pal Manny is in trouble, and he needs you to bail him out. Your only chance to get the money is to settle a score with the Def Jam crew, including DMX, Ludacris, Joe Budden, and Method Man. While listening to the tracks and beats from Def Jam artists, you can fight or play as over 40 combatants, each with special moves, combos, and taunts. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. I don't listen to rap music and I know very little about it, but I am enthralled by this game's easy control; wild over-the-top moves; and enjoyable story mode.
  2. 89
    When it comes to two-player action, you'll be hard-pressed to find a smoother, slicker slobber knocker than this wrestler... The highest rated wrestling game on the site.
  3. Game Informer
    88
    It may not have the depth that wrestling fans expect - such as character creation, gimmick matches, or the largest assortment of moves - but the fundamentals of play are of a much higher quality than any other game in the genre. [Apr 2003, p.88]
  4. There's no denying that DJV is an awesome game with a lot of flash, charisma, style and action.
  5. Play Magazine
    80
    Def Jam Vendetta is extremely violent (and I mean that in the most positive way).
  6. 75
    Even with all its flaws, Def Jam Vendetta is the best wrestling game currently on the market.
  7. 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]

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  1. Frostydablackman
    Apr 23, 2003
    10
    The sh*t...this game is.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Apr 8, 2003
    10
    This game is hot.
  3. Koala
    Apr 17, 2003
    10
    Best Game Ever!
  4. PatrickO.
    Apr 16, 2003
    8
    It rocks hard and the gameplay rules, and the characteers are cool to.
  5. Sep 14, 2017
    8
    An amazing wrestling game that got a massive following in which resulted in one of the greatest wrestling/games of all time Def Jam Fight forAn amazing wrestling game that got a massive following in which resulted in one of the greatest wrestling/games of all time Def Jam Fight for New York. This is what WCW 2000 became and what a result it turned out to be.

    The graphics are really good and the models of the rappers yet cartoonish with a mix of realism are pretty impressive. The animation was impressive too. The music is sublime. The second best rap soundtrack in a wrestling game ever. Fight For New York had the perfect soundtrack. The sound is superb. The gameplay is exactly like all the WCW/WWF games on the Nintendo 64. There are many moves and combos to perform. I love the BLAZIN move. Most of the finishers are pretty badass and some are terrible. The game has a massive roster. There are many rappers and characters to unlock along with costumes and venues.

    The only things the game was missing was the lack of match types, no create a fighter mode and no customization system. The reversal system was annoying and gets really infuriating when you are playing on a higher difficulty against the AI. The tag team AI was so anger inducing with the constant reversals and blocks. The camera and crowd graphics was also terrible.

    Fight For New York would improve on everything that this game was missing and everything else that need to be polished.

    Overall an amazing game.
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