Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
Buy On
  1. Nintendo Power
    The inventive momentum-building feature helps keep matches exciting and victory within reach. [June 2003, p.137]
  2. GMR Magazine
    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]
  3. Unfortunately, Def Jam drops the mic again by not providing any sort of Character Creator.
  4. It's with a sigh of unfufilled expectations and through clenched teeth that I say Def Jam Vendetta is the best US wrestler this generation.
  5. During the mulitplayer portion of the game, I also encountered some pretty big design flaws, which you might call bugs, but I hesitate to do so. A tag team match can't be ended the normal ways each time, and I've played with three of my friends for a half hour or more without being able to end a single match.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    When all is said and done, Vendetta is an uninspired wrestling title that lacks Def Jam's trademark sheen. [21 Mar 2003, p.120]

Awards & Rankings

#70 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Sep 14, 2017
    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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  2. Frostydablackman
    Apr 23, 2003
    The sh*t...this game is.
  3. Koala
    Apr 17, 2003
    Best Game Ever!