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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. The plan is simple: get in, win a few fights, pay off his debt, get out. No problem. Well, it turns out thatIt'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. The plan is simple: get in, win a few fights, pay off his debt, get out. No problem. Well, it turns out that things aren't as easy as they appear. Once in the scene, your past comes back to haunt you. Soon you're over your head and your only chance to get your life back together is to settle a score that has gone too long unpaid. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Electronic Arts deserves kudos for breathing new life into the aging fighting genre with this title's fresh approach.
  2. 90
    At once the best wrestling game in years, an awesome showcase for some damn good hip-hop, and an example of what can happen when a game company takes a chance.
  3. It’s a fast and furious blast that should appeal to all grapple fans. Now how’s about giving us 80’s Metal Vendetta next, EA?
  4. A tongue-in-cheek and over-the-top brawler that conclusively proves wrestling games can be fun when gameplay and quality control take precedence over star power or licenses.
  5. While the lack of gameplay variety may not be enough to budge the giant that is the current crop of WWE wrestling games, Def Jam Vendetta certainly manages to hold its own.
  6. Cheat Code Central
    70
    I can honestly say that as far as wrestling games go this one is pretty darn decent. It's due to the grappling engine and the excellent graphics and animation.
  7. This is the first time EA BIG have gotten the mix between style and substance truly wrong. But that's what you get for listening to the marketing department - and not the gamers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Mar 31, 2018
    10
    I still play the game to this day the first time i played it was on gamecube to me this game is better then tekken tag tournament but i likeI still play the game to this day the first time i played it was on gamecube to me this game is better then tekken tag tournament but i like that game too i still own it i am 13 years old so yea Expand
  2. AlexD.
    Apr 30, 2003
    10
    This Game is so cool.
  3. DarrellL.
    Mar 28, 2003
    10
    This game is flat out amazing. Whoever reviewed the game in EW is on crack. The review wasn't even accurate -- I doubt the redneck This game is flat out amazing. Whoever reviewed the game in EW is on crack. The review wasn't even accurate -- I doubt the redneck cracker even played the game at all. Expand
  4. RACINO
    May 26, 2003
    10
    THIS GAME IS THE SH*T. Even if u dont like wrestlin games theres so many characters with different fightin styles ule find ureself luvin it THIS GAME IS THE SH*T. Even if u dont like wrestlin games theres so many characters with different fightin styles ule find ureself luvin it in no time. Theres nuthin like piss*in on ure mates in a 3-1 handikap by kickin dem 50 ft into tha air. If nething tha finishin moves make tha game. Get to BLAZIN and ure likely to break da arms, necks and balls of ure opponent with tha touch of a button! This is truly incredible and i aint even mentioned the graphics and soundtrack. Expand
  5. PercyP.
    Mar 25, 2003
    9
    I?ve been playing the demo and reading the reviews on DJV and now I'm really jonezing for it. I'm still all about No Mercy for the I?ve been playing the demo and reading the reviews on DJV and now I'm really jonezing for it. I'm still all about No Mercy for the N64 and Def Jam looks like it'll give me the same kind of endless violent love. I?ll be the first in line to buy it. Expand
  6. Mar 16, 2019
    9
    A delightful game and one of my favorites on ps2. Very cool soundtracks. I passed it about 2-3 times for each of the four characters. But mostA delightful game and one of my favorites on ps2. Very cool soundtracks. I passed it about 2-3 times for each of the four characters. But most fun to play with a friend. Expand
  7. DavidP.
    Mar 20, 2003
    8
    I played the demo at the mall a couple of days ago and I gotta admit, it was addictive. I thought it was going to be corny, but the rap thing I played the demo at the mall a couple of days ago and I gotta admit, it was addictive. I thought it was going to be corny, but the rap thing really works. A likely addition to my PS2 collection. Expand

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