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  • Summary: Def Jam Fight for NY takes the battle for hip-hop domination into the fighting ring. More than 35 hip-hop artists and personalities--including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil' Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Sean Paul, Slick Rick, and Snoop Dogg--face off in brutal wrestling matches. InDef Jam Fight for NY takes the battle for hip-hop domination into the fighting ring. More than 35 hip-hop artists and personalities--including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil' Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Sean Paul, Slick Rick, and Snoop Dogg--face off in brutal wrestling matches. In the ring and on the streets, you'll join the battle as a New York City street fighter. The game challenges you to develop your own fighting style and seize control of the hip-hop underworld. Expand
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
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  1. The game’s actual fighting has also been incredibly revamped.
  2. I recommend it if you aren’t squeamish about knocking the crap out of very realistic and very familiar looking people.
  3. AceGamez
    90
    Although the violence is a lot harsher, the gameplay and tension has been revamped to give a more intuitive feel without losing the need to improve those button tapping skills.
  4. A larger story line, greater number of options and plenty of interactive environments make this title one for any fight fans. It may not completely live up to its design, but it more than makes up for it in style.
  5. The game is easy to pick up and play, the sound and graphics are spectacular, and the amount of content jammed onto this DVD is just mind-boggling.
  6. 80
    The GameCube version has taken it on the chin, presumably thanks to disc space limitations -- eight of 28 music tracks are gone, there's no choice of voices for the main character (compared to six options on other platforms), the framerate suffers from occasional hiccups in crowded stages, and there are spots of very poor texture detail.
  7. Play Magazine
    58
    New fighting styles, more weapons, added match types, rowdy crowds and some wicked, brutal environmental interactions help make up for the watered-down brawling. [Oct 2004, p.87]

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  1. LevertT.
    Jul 29, 2004
    10
    This game is off the hook is on fire up.
  2. JordanH.
    May 7, 2004
    10
    This game is kick ass! I love the gameplay and the characters. This game rocks.
  3. Oct 8, 2017
    10
    The best licensed wrestling game of all time. A game so iconic that fans want EA to remaster it to this day. It's sad that it will neverThe best licensed wrestling game of all time. A game so iconic that fans want EA to remaster it to this day. It's sad that it will never happen because of copyright issues and rappers ego.

    The graphics were amazing and still hold up in my opinion. The soundtrack is perfect. The sound effects are so awesome. The voice acting is excellent and every rapper gave it their all. The gameplay is what made the game stand out a lot from other fighting/wrestling games at the time.

    New mechanics were introduced to make the game so groundbreaking.
    -environment and crowd interaction
    -weapons

    It also improved on many things that Vendetta lacked and the controls.
    -Better reversal system
    -Create a fighter for story mode
    -longer story mode
    -deep customization system in story mode for created fighter
    -more match types

    The main problems with the game are that Story Mode is WAY too short and that it can be beaten in three to four hours, the story mode is linear, the constantly zooming in and out camera when playing 3 or 4 player matches and the crowd graphics are not great. But the gameplay is so solid and fun it makes the problems futile.

    Overall a perfect 10. A game that will never be matched.
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  4. AllieT.
    Oct 26, 2004
    10
    Awesome game! Beats all the rest by far !!
  5. Aug 23, 2013
    10
    Tremendous graphics, a deep customization system, an incredible variety of fighting moves and a compelling story, Def Jam: Fight for NY is oneTremendous graphics, a deep customization system, an incredible variety of fighting moves and a compelling story, Def Jam: Fight for NY is one of the top games of the previous generation.

    Just being able to beat up, then team up later with Ice-T is worth the price of admission.
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  6. Feb 13, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pros: This is a old game but still really fun to play has a great story to it, and great action a lot of fighting and language but still great.

    Cons: This game is not made for everyone, it contains blood, violence, and strong language it’s best if kids under 13 not to play this, and this can only be played on older consoles like Xbox and Playstation 2.

    I can’t remember the day I first played but I remember going to my cousins house and watching him play, when he asked if I wanted to try it. It was a little difficult to figure out the buttons, but after knowing what to do I could not stop playing it was a blast playing it, if you are the type of person who likes action games this is a great game for you. This game follows in the category of action and fighting.

    Even though this is not a game of 2017 it’s still up top, story mode can lead up to one way and that way is to win. They’re different modes you can play the first career mode, multiplayer, and training the best is career mode. In career mode you fight different famous rapper such as snoop dogg, crazy legs, ludacris, and many more if you know the history of older rappers.

    This is not made for everyone play younger player under 13 should not be playing this type of game, but if you are older and live for action and fighting I definitely recommend this game for you it is super fun to see different types of fighting styles and how you fight with famous artist.
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  7. ZiftK.
    Jun 14, 2006
    8
    A really good fighting game. The fighting system is solid, anyone with a taste for fighting games should give this one a try.

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#65 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004