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Def Jam: Fight for NY

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
85
3.8
PlayStation 2
84
3.6
Xbox
84
3.1

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Platform Votes Score
GameCube 8 3.8
PlayStation 2 10 3.6
Xbox 6 3.1
Combined MobyScore 24 3.5


The Press Says

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93
GameCubePGNx Media
The Def Jam gang returns in a more mature-themed game. I will admit that I love the AKI wrestling engine. The WWE (then WWF) games that it powered on the Nintendo 64 were incredible. Similarly, I enjoyed much last year’s Def Jam Vendetta as it merged an excellent grappling engine, with EA-budget production values. Def Jam: Fight for NY is more of everything. The game has more moves, more characters and more story.
91
PlayStation 2Netjak
Point blank…if you need a serious bare-knuckle fighting game in your collection, look no further. Def Jam: Fight for N.Y. is everything the hype boasts about and then some. Solid, diverse gameplay makes this title one of the best fighters this year, and no, you don’t have to be a fan of the music to enjoy it. So, if you haven’t parted with Def Jam: Vendetta, now is the time. Do yourself a favor…get this game.
90
XboxX-Power
Def Jam Fight For NY is een spel volgepakt met spetterende actie en een singleplayer om u tegen te zeggen. Velen kunnen hier nog van leren. Diegenen die gek zijn op vechtspellen moeten deze game gewoon in hun collectie hebben. Diegenen die niet voor rap te vinden zijn moeten zich zeker niet laten afschrikken door heel het rap imago dat de game met zich meedraagt want dan loop je een hele hoop dolle pret mis. Zeker een aanrader!
90
GameCubeGamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Overall, Fight for NY is a great fighting game. It's got style, it's got pizzaz, and it has Henry Rollins. It's extremely fun in both single and multiplayer modes (up to 4 players simultaneously), and is well worth a purchase by anyone who likes fighting games.
90
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Ramming heads through fences, tossing people to the crowd for a beat down, breaking spines with a flash finisher - AKI has found the perfect balance between sheer violence and complete bliss.
90
XboxGame Informer Magazine
Ramming heads through fences, tossing people to the crowd for a beat down, breaking spines with a flash finisher - AKI has found the perfect balance between sheer violence and complete bliss.
90
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Ramming heads through fences, tossing people to the crowd for a beat down, breaking spines with a flash finisher - AKI has found the perfect balance between sheer violence and complete bliss.
90
GameCubeCubed3
An amazing game that will keep you tied down to your GC for a few months! Liked the first? You will LOVE this!
90
XboxExtreme Gamer
Def Jam: FFNY is a great game which will surprise many fighting fans who might brush it off because of its Hip Hop content. There is no mistaking Def Jam being a serious fighting contender, and other fighting franchises should take note. Def Jam is near perfect and gives us customization you don't get with other fighters. Fight for New York is the total package and music and fighting fans should find plenty to love. Pick this sucka up!
90
GameCubeGameZone
Reviewing a fighting game is like talking to an old friend; the conversation might be new, but the words don't seem all that different.Def Jam Fight For NY is like meeting a new friend. It's not a fighting game, a wrestler, a kick boxer or any other single fighting genre you can think of – it's all of them rolled into one.
90
XboxGameZone
Jealousy . . . that’s what I felt when the PS2 released Def Jam Vendetta, EA’s hip-hop-fused-wrestling game that breathed fresh new air in the fighting game genre. Not surprisingly enough a sequel was announced but the biggest, and best, surprise of all was that this sequel was also heading for the Xbox. Def Jam Fight for NY once again brings us a slew of real-life recording artists that range from Sean Paul to Ice-T and its hardcore all-out battle to be the best brawler the underground fighting circuit has seen in quite awhile. How well does it translate on our favorite black box? Let’s just say that grabbing Busta Rhymes in a headlock and tossing him into an angry mob feels so right.
90
Xbox1UP
It's not often you encounter an entirely new kind of game. Usually there's only just a few each year, while everything else fiddles around inside an established genre. In 2004, Katamari Damacy is one of them. Def Jam: Fight for NY is another. That's putting either game in pretty strange company, but Katamari's a new kind of action game, and this year's Def Jam is a new kind of fighting game. Others have pushed in this direction in the past, but Fight for NY is the first to get it right.
90
PlayStation 2Yahoo! Games
Method Man, Redman, and the Def Jam crew are back with gigantic chips on their shoulders. In Def Jam Vendetta, these rappers turned into wrestlers -- thanks to famed wrestling game developer AKI -- and brought hip hop and fighting games together. In Fight For NY, the rules have changed and a whole lot more celebrities showed up to brawl.
90
PlayStation 2GameZone
There is nothing better than watching multimillion dollar hip hop superstars beat each other senseless...well, except watching them waste all their money and having nothing to show for it 10 years down the road (Although MC Hammer has recently found lucrative success in 2nd-rate reality TV). When Def Jam Vendetta first hit the shelves, it became an instant favorite among hip hop and fighting fans alike. Now, the crew is back and throwing down a title that just needs to be played, Def Jam Fight for NY. Offering more characters, innovative customization, and intense fighting gameplay, FFNY answers the age old question: how gangsta is Henry Rollins?
90
PlayStation 21UP
It's not often you encounter an entirely new kind of game. Usually there's only just a few each year, while everything else fiddles around inside an established genre. In 2004, Katamari Damacy is one of them. Def Jam: Fight for NY is another. That's putting either game in pretty strange company, but Katamari's a new kind of action game, and this year's Def Jam is a new kind of fighting game. Others have pushed in this direction in the past, but Fight for NY is the first to get it right.
89
XboxGame Chronicles
Def Jam: Fight for NY may be a bit of a button masher, but there is enough style to the presentation and depth to the system that you can get beyond this. If you’re a fan of rap music in general, or any of the artists involved, you’ll probably enjoy this title. If you’re not and you’re just looking for a fast and loose beat fest you’ll still love this title, maybe not as much. This may not be the prettiest game on the shelf, but it sure will rock you.
89
XboxKombo.com
Def Jam: Fight for New York is the best wrestling game on the Xbox. That’s a no-brainer, given the lack of competition. It could’ve been the best overall fighting game on this, or any system, with a few tweaks. Online play, a few, more original modes, and the kinks worked out of multiplayer would’ve served this game very well. On the minor end of the spectrum, custom soundtracks and better pacing to the story mode would’ve helped too. As it stands, DJ:FFNY has probably the best combat system of any fighter, and neither fans of the fighting genre, nor the wrestling genre, should miss out on this fight.
89
GameCubeNext Level Gaming
Def Jam returns with a new fighting title. This time around the developers have taken the fight out of the ring and into the crowd. Def Jam Fight For NY has been unleashed onto the Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft Xbox and Sony Playstation 2 systems. And I must say that this latest title in the new Def Jam fighting series is pretty awesome. Electronic Arts did the impossible with the last title. They had a deal with WCW to make games. And the few games they made on the Xbox and Playstation pretty much sucked. ECW and WCW died a horrible death and now Vince McMahon has monopolized the wrestling world (I sure do miss ECW). So EA went on and still made a wrestling game with no official wrestling license. They instead used Hip-Hop and R&B artists to fill in the large gap. It actually paid off in the end. And this second game in the series is pretty damn awesome.
89
PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming
The game features a ton of Hip-Hop and Rap tunes from many different known artists. You have music from LL Cool J to Busta Rhymes to Outkast. I was hoping that the Xbox version supported Custom Soundtrack but it does not. The music is ok, but I am not into rap. So unless you like rap then you are not going to like this kind of music. At the same time it does fit the style and theme of the game. So I guess you can say it is a catch 22 (at least for me anyways). The game also features a ton of dialog from many different rappers. From Snoop Dogg to Flavor Flav, all the voices are legit. There is also a bit of bad language that is thrown around during the game. There is plenty of smack talking before fights as well as when you get voice mail. So this game is not for kids. Overall the sound is very solid.
88
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Overall, Def Jam: Fight for NY is an exceptional game. Feel free to pick it up just to see your favorite rap stars and thugs beat up one another. You'll end up getting a nicely designed fighting game in the process.
88
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Where have you gone, Chuck D? To the rest home, probably, and no one seems to mind anyway. Rap music used to mean more than this, but all art ends up getting turned into product, and as products go, this is a good one.
88
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Where have you gone, Chuck D? To the rest home, probably, and no one seems to mind anyway. Rap music used to mean more than this, but all art ends up getting turned into product, and as products go, this is a good one.
88
XboxGame Informer Magazine
Def Jam Vendetta, although it didn’t bear the WWE license, was one of the best wrestling games to come down the pike in a while. Apparently, EA Big and Def Jam wanted to distance it a bit from the genre, as Def Jam: Fight for NY is going farther away from its roots, and has been crafted as more of a comprehensive Fight Club-inspired street brawler.
87
GameCubeGamesmania
Wenn man von den kleineren Mankos absieht, handelt es sich bei Def Jam Fight for New York um ein beinahe perfektes Prügelspiel. Grafisch gehört das Game auf jeden Fall an die Spitze, und auch das Gameplay weiß durch die Bank zu überzeugen. Hinzu kommen ein herausragender Soundtrack und natürlich ein gehöriger Schuss "Schwarzer Humor". Wrestling-Fans sollten aufgrund des recht schnellen Spielablaufs Probe zocken, allen anderen Beat'em-up-Süchtigen sollten sich unbedingt einen Trip nach New York sichern!
87
XboxGamesmania
Wenn man von den kleineren Mankos absieht, handelt es sich bei Def Jam Fight for New York um ein beinahe perfektes Prügelspiel. Grafisch gehört das Game auf jeden Fall an die Spitze, und auch das Gameplay weiß durch die Bank zu überzeugen. Hinzu kommen ein herausragender Soundtrack und natürlich ein gehöriger Schuss "Schwarzer Humor". Wrestling-Fans sollten aufgrund des recht schnellen Spielablaufs Probe zocken, allen anderen Beat'em-up-Süchtigen sollten sich unbedingt einen Trip nach New York sichern!
87
PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Wenn man von den kleineren Mankos absieht, handelt es sich bei Def Jam Fight for New York um ein beinahe perfektes Prügelspiel. Grafisch gehört das Game auf jeden Fall an die Spitze, und auch das Gameplay weiß durch die Bank zu überzeugen. Hinzu kommen ein herausragender Soundtrack und natürlich ein gehöriger Schuss "Schwarzer Humor". Wrestling-Fans sollten aufgrund des recht schnellen Spielablaufs Probe zocken, allen anderen Beat'em-up-Süchtigen sollten sich unbedingt einen Trip nach New York sichern!
87
XboxGame Over Online
Don’t get me wrong, Fight For New York is far and away a marked improvement over Vendetta. Wrestling, fight and hip hop fans will find this game will occupy them for quite some time. 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.
87
GameCubeGame Over Online
Don’t get me wrong, Fight For New York is far and away a marked improvement over Vendetta. Wrestling, fight and hip hop fans will find this game will occupy them for quite some time. 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.
87
GameCubeN-Zone
Ich muss schon sagen, der Einstieg ist mir bei anderen Spielen leichter gefallen. Nach der etwas zu langen Eingewöhnungszeit entfaltet der Titel allerdings seine gesamte Stärke und zieht den Spieler unweigerlich in seinen Bann. Der Story-Modus ist mit seinem coolen Ambiente und zahlreichen Wendungen das absolute Highlight und einfach genial in Szene gesetzt. Zwar kann der Mehrspieler-Part mit seinen vielen unterschiedlichen Spiel-Modi durchaus auch überzeugen, erreicht aber nicht die Klasse der Einspieler-Variante. Dafür verantwortlich ist hauptsächlich die fehlende Übersicht. Besonders viel Laune macht die Möglichkeit, nahezu jedes Detail der Arena in die Kämpfe einfließen zu lassen, wodurch immer genügend Abwechslung geboten ist. Neben der USK-Einschätzung erschwert weiterhin die Ansiedelung des Titels im Hip-Hop-Bereich die Zugänglichkeit für die breite Masse.
87
GameCubeIGN
Fighting games -- even great fighting games -- have a habit of doing very little with their sequels. Usually a couple of new arenas are added, one or two new fighters thrown in for good measure, and a few costumes slipped onto beloved characters to make them seem new or different. Maybe there's one gameplay wrinkle added to make the update appear worthwhile, but overall, fighting game sequels tend to be highly derivative. Not so with Def Jam: Fight for NY, sequel to last year's Vendetta. EA has added a robust cast of characters, arenas, and an awesome Story Mode along with turning Def Jam from a strict wrestler into a true brawler. A lot has been done and the sequel is much better for it. If you liked the first, you'll love Fight for NY.
87
XboxIGN
Fighting games -- even great fighting games -- have a habit of doing very little with their sequels. Usually a couple of new arenas are added, one or two new fighters thrown in for good measure, and a few costumes slipped onto beloved characters to make them seem new or different. Maybe there's one gameplay wrinkle added to make the update appear worthwhile, but overall, fighting game sequels tend to be highly derivative. Not so with Def Jam: Fight for NY, sequel to last year's Vendetta. EA has added a robust cast of characters, arenas, and an awesome Story Mode along with turning Def Jam from a strict wrestler into a true brawler. A lot has been done and the sequel is much better for it. If you liked the first, you'll love Fight for NY.
87
XboxGameSpot
If you like wrestling games, fighting games, or even just the world of hip-hop, Def Jam: Fight for NY is a game well worth owning. When Def Jam Vendetta hit store shelves last year, it could not have been called anything but an out-of-left-field success. EA's seemingly unholy marriage of Aki Corporation's highly regarded wrestling-game engine with a hip-hop-themed street-fighting game featuring some of the rap business' top talent seemed like, at best, an oddball combination. But, somehow, the game not only worked, it worked extremely well, managing to create one of the most unique grapplers of this console generation.
87
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Def Jam: Fight for NY is a great sequel. It would have been easy for the developers behind this game to just crank out an incremental upgrade, but Fight for NY is anything but incremental--it feels like a whole different brand of game altogether. What worked in Def Jam Vendetta has been expanded and improved upon in almost every way, and the new story mode, complete with its character creation and customization element, is simply a joy to play through. If you like wrestling games, fighting games, or even just the world of hip-hop, Def Jam: Fight for NY is a game well worth owning.
87
PlayStation 2IGN
Fighting games -- even great fighting games -- have a habit of doing very little with their sequels. Usually a couple of new arenas are added, one or two new fighters thrown in for good measure, and a few costumes slipped onto beloved characters to make them seem new or different. Maybe there's one gameplay wrinkle added to make the update appear worthwhile, but overall, fighting game sequels tend to be highly derivative. Not so with Def Jam: Fight for NY, sequel to last year's Vendetta. EA has added a robust cast of characters, arenas, and an awesome Story Mode along with turning Def Jam from a strict wrestler into a true brawler. A lot has been done and the sequel is much better for it. If you liked the first, you'll love Fight for NY.
86
PlayStation 2Futuregamez.net
Def Jam Fight For NY is one of the most entertaining games play in some time. There are a couple of niggles but this should keep fans playing for weeks. A recommended purchase.
85
XboxJeuxvideo.com
Digne successeur d'un grand frère peu avare en qualités, ce Def Jam : Fight For NY remplit fort bien son contrat en proposant un divertissement constant, original et de qualité. Renouvelant le jeu de combat sans révolutionner profondément la série, ce nouvel opus se pose comme un fer de lance fascinant de la gamme EA Games. Un choix qui ne peut que passionner, et qui sera à n'en pas douter dans peu de temps au creux de vos ludothèques. Pour finir après ces compliments, il serait juste intéressant que la prochaine fois EA revoit le statut de la gente féminine, assez caricaturale dans ce titre.
85
GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Digne successeur d'un grand frère peu avare en qualités, ce Def Jam : Fight For NY remplit fort bien son contrat en proposant un divertissement constant, original et de qualité. Renouvelant le jeu de combat sans révolutionner profondément la série, ce nouvel opus se pose comme un fer de lance fascinant de la gamme EA Games. Un choix qui ne peut que passionner, et qui sera à n'en pas douter dans peu de temps au creux de vos ludothèques. Pour finir après ces compliments, il serait juste intéressant que la prochaine fois EA revoit le statut de la gente féminine, assez caricaturale dans ce titre.
85
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
Don’t get me wrong, Fight For New York is far and away a marked improvement over Vendetta. Wrestling, fight and hip hop fans will find this game will occupy them for quite some time. 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.
85
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Digne successeur d'un grand frère peu avare en qualités, ce Def Jam : Fight For NY remplit fort bien son contrat en proposant un divertissement constant, original et de qualité. Renouvelant le jeu de combat sans révolutionner profondément la série, ce nouvel opus se pose comme un fer de lance fascinant de la gamme EA Games. Un choix qui ne peut que passionner, et qui sera à n'en pas douter dans peu de temps au creux de vos ludothèques. Pour finir après ces compliments, il serait juste intéressant que la prochaine fois EA revoit le statut de la gente féminine, assez caricaturale dans ce titre.
84
PlayStation 2GamePlasma
Fight for NY plays very similar to Vendetta but there are a few significant differences. First of all, instead of the plain old grappling style of old, your fighter now gets his move set from the different fighting styles in the game which include kickboxing, wrestling, street fighting, submissions, and martial arts. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, moves in the martial arts set are very quick and acrobatic, but do significantly less damage than, say, street fighting. As you play through the story mode, you can learn up to three of the five styles in order to expand the variety of your moves.
81
Xbox4Players.de
Herrje! Wenn nur alles bei Def Jam Fight for New York so gewaltig wäre wie Präsentation, Optik und Soundkulisse. Doch auch die famose Atmosphäre, die durch klasse Sprachausgabe, passende Musik, eine nette Story, aufwändige Figurenmodelle und schnieke Animationen gebildet wird, kann die unterdurchschnittlichen Kampfmechaniken nicht verschleiern. Gerade in der wichtigen Anfangsphase hat man einfach zu wenige Grund-Schläge zur Verfügung, um sich wirklich in das Spiel hineinzufinden. Die gut gelungene Interaktion mit Umgebungen und Zuschauern kann dies zwar wieder etwas abmildern, doch unter dem Strich bleibt man in punkto Schlagvielfalt weit hinter der Konkurrenz zurück. Zudem hat man bei der Minimal-Steuerung nie wirklich das Gefühl, voll und ganz Herr der Lage zu sein, so dass manche Aktionen zufällig erscheinen. Auf Grund des durchweg gelungenen Hip-Hop-Rivalitäten-Gefühls durchaus empfehlenswert, doch als Prügler an sich etwas hinter dem Genrestandard.
81
GameCube4Players.de
Herrje! Wenn nur alles bei Def Jam Fight for New York so gewaltig wäre wie Präsentation, Optik und Soundkulisse. Doch auch die famose Atmosphäre, die durch klasse Sprachausgabe, passende Musik, eine nette Story, aufwändige Figurenmodelle und schnieke Animationen gebildet wird, kann die unterdurchschnittlichen Kampfmechaniken nicht verschleiern. Gerade in der wichtigen Anfangsphase hat man einfach zu wenige Grund-Schläge zur Verfügung, um sich wirklich in das Spiel hineinzufinden. Die gut gelungene Interaktion mit Umgebungen und Zuschauern kann dies zwar wieder etwas abmildern, doch unter dem Strich bleibt man in punkto Schlagvielfalt weit hinter der Konkurrenz zurück. Zudem hat man bei der Minimal-Steuerung nie wirklich das Gefühl, voll und ganz Herr der Lage zu sein, so dass manche Aktionen zufällig erscheinen. Auf Grund des durchweg gelungenen Hip-Hop-Rivalitäten-Gefühls durchaus empfehlenswert, doch als Prügler an sich etwas hinter dem Genrestandard.
81
PlayStation 24Players.de
Herrje! Wenn nur alles bei Def Jam Fight for New York so gewaltig wäre wie Präsentation, Optik und Soundkulisse. Doch auch die famose Atmosphäre, die durch klasse Sprachausgabe, passende Musik, eine nette Story, aufwändige Figurenmodelle und schnieke Animationen gebildet wird, kann die unterdurchschnittlichen Kampfmechaniken nicht verschleiern. Gerade in der wichtigen Anfangsphase hat man einfach zu wenige Grund-Schläge zur Verfügung, um sich wirklich in das Spiel hineinzufinden. Die gut gelungene Interaktion mit Umgebungen und Zuschauern kann dies zwar wieder etwas abmildern, doch unter dem Strich bleibt man in punkto Schlagvielfalt weit hinter der Konkurrenz zurück. Zudem hat man bei der Minimal-Steuerung nie wirklich das Gefühl, voll und ganz Herr der Lage zu sein, so dass manche Aktionen zufällig erscheinen. Auf Grund des durchweg gelungenen Hip-Hop-Rivalitäten-Gefühls durchaus empfehlenswert, doch als Prügler an sich etwas hinter dem Genrestandard.
80
PlayStation 2DreamStation.cc
Overall, I really enjoyed Def Jam Fight for NY. It is solid, and long enough where it could be purchased without feeling ripped off. It’s one of the longer fighting games I’ve played recently. The audio and visuals were great. The game could have scored a little higher if the frame rate problems were fixed, and some of the obscuring of the fighting wa fixed. The fighting styles being a little less grappling based would probably help too. I recommend this game to anyone who likes rap, or enjoyed the first Def Jam game.
80
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
Yeah, this is a bit of a button masher, but there is enough style to the game and depth to the system that you can get beyond this. If you’re a fan of rap music in general, or any of the artists involved, you’ll probably enjoy this title. If you’re not and you’re just looking for a fast and loose beat fest you’ll love this title. This may not be the prettiest game on the shelf, but it sure will rock you.
80
XboxDreamStation.cc
Overall, I really enjoyed Def Jam Fight for NY. It is solid, and long enough where it could be purchased without feeling ripped off. It’s one of the longer fighting games I’ve played recently. The audio and visuals were great. The game could have scored a little higher if the frame rate problems were fixed, and some of the obscuring of the fighting wa fixed. The fighting styles being a little less grappling based would probably help too. I recommend this game to anyone who likes rap, or enjoyed the first Def Jam game.
80
GameCube1UP
It's not often you encounter an entirely new kind of game. Usually there's only just a few each year, while everything else fiddles around inside an established genre. In 2004, Katamari Damacy is one of them. Def Jam: Fight for NY is another. That's putting either game in pretty strange company, but Katamari's a new kind of action game, and this year's Def Jam is a new kind of fighting game. Others have pushed in this direction in the past, but Fight for NY is the first to get it right.
80
GameCubeGameSpy
I'll say it again: whoever at EA came up with the idea to make a wrestling game starring some of hip-hop's most flamboyant personalities must have been crazy. Apparently, however, the idea was just crazy enough to work. Now in its second iteration, the Def Jam wrestling games continue to defy logic. Given how well received its predecessor was, it's not really surprising that Def Jam: Fight for NY turned out as well as it did. What is surprising, however, is just how much more was packed into this sequel. EA didn't settle for a half-assed roster update. What we have here is a game that is substantially more robust than its predecessor in pretty much every conceivable way, and not to mention a game that is as fun as all hell in its own right.
80
XboxGamePro (US)
Rap stars, fistfights, profanity, and gaudy, overpriced clothing?it?s not MTV, it?s Def Jam Fight For New York, sucka! Okay, so watching dozens of pampered, platinum-selling, multi-millionaire rap artists duke it out in an underground street fighting tournament might make about as much sense as an all-boy-band FPS game, but that doesn?t mean it isn?t fun. In fact, Def Jam: Fight For New York is an immensely enjoyable and occasionally flawed game drenched with the chic splendor of the urban hip-hop lifestyle. Although it?s hard to overlook the awesome fighting engine at the heart of this game, Fight For New York is almost as much about image as it is about substance.
80
XboxGameSpy
I'll say it again: whoever at EA came up with the idea to make a wrestling game starring some of hip-hop's most flamboyant personalities must have been crazy. Apparently, however, the idea was just crazy enough to work. Now in its second iteration, the Def Jam wrestling games continue to defy logic. Given how well received its predecessor was, it's not really surprising that Def Jam: Fight for NY turned out as well as it did. What is surprising, however, is just how much more was packed into this sequel. EA didn't settle for a half-assed roster update. What we have here is a game that is substantially more robust than its predecessor in pretty much every conceivable way, and not to mention a game that is as fun as all hell in its own right.
80
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
Self-sabotage aside, Fight For New York is still an excellent brawler with hours upon hours of gameplay in the single-player story mode, enjoyable multiplayer melees, and incredibly detailed character customization features. A little less time spent programming various styles of Sean John sweaters in favor of shoring up the rough spots would have been nice, but such gripes are placated by the sheer enjoyment that comes from viciously grinding an opponent?s face against a chain-link fence.
80
PlayStation 2GameSpy
I'll say it again: whoever at EA came up with the idea to make a wrestling game starring some of hip hop's most flamboyant personalities must have been crazy. But apparently, the idea was just crazy enough to work. Now in its second iteration, the Def Jam wrestling games continue to defy logic. Given how well received its predecessor was, it's not really surprising that Def Jam: Fight for NY turned out as well as it did. What is surprising, however, is just how much more was packed into this sequel. EA didn't settle for a half-assed roster update. What we have here is a game that is substantially more robust than its predecessor in pretty much every conceivable way, and not to mention a game that is as fun as all hell in its own right.
76
GameCubeneXGam
EA enttäuscht die Fans nicht. Die gewohnte Atmosphäre plus exzellente Spielbarkeit lassen Def Jam - Fight for NY in der Gunst der Def Jam Vendetta Anhänger ganz weit nach oben klettern. Hauptkritikpunkt ist eigentlich nur die recht geringe Spieldauer, die gemessen am Preis von stolzen ca. 50 Euro doch enttäuschend ist.
75
GameCubeGame Revolution
When hip hop first hit the music scene, it was a rebellious movement as well as a new art form. Gradually it became more self-conscious, attacking social and political issues with an urban punk rock fury. From there things got paranoid and violent; hip hop became a window into the thug lifestyle. After two of the genre’s most dynamic artists were murdered, greed and vanity took over, and rap’s soul was sold in favor of some nice ice and a Cadillac.
75
XboxGame Revolution
When hip hop first hit the music scene, it was a rebellious movement as well as a new art form. Gradually it became more self-conscious, attacking social and political issues with an urban punk rock fury. From there things got paranoid and violent; hip hop became a window into the thug lifestyle. After two of the genre’s most dynamic artists were murdered, greed and vanity took over, and rap’s soul was sold in favor of some nice ice and a Cadillac.
70
XboxBordersdown
Games, like people, can live or die by virtue of one decision; Fight For NY has made a difficult one. Like a true lifestyle Gangsta, it’s followed a path that’s short, fast and furious, fulfilling the glories of that journey at every turn. One only has to revisit the disposable Wu-Tang: Taste The Pain to realise how difficult a task has been achieved. As a reward, the Def Jam series will deservedly live to fight another day – a day when its capacity for evolution may truly be tested.
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Xboxvideogamer.com
Overall, it's a surprisingly great package for a game based round a record label and should be regarded as a solid fighter in its own right. It's not going to appeal to beat 'em up fans that live for combos, but for everyone else it's a solid and enjoyable fighting game, which should provide you with hours of fun.
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GameCubevideogamer.com
Overall, it's a surprisingly great package for a game based round a record label and should be regarded as a solid fighter in its own right. It's not going to appeal to beat 'em up fans that live for combos, but for everyone else it's a solid and enjoyable fighting game, which should provide you with hours of fun.
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PlayStation 2allaboutgames.co.uk
Overall, it is a game for the masses, and while this may suit many PlayStation 2 owners, the more seasoned gamer would be better off with a classic like Soul Calibur 2 or Virtual Fighter 4: Evolution.
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PlayStation 2videogamer.com
Any game that has a record label name always tends to fill our hearts with dread. It screams marketing exercise and implies a game that would have the same level of game play as 'Barbie's show jumping adventures'. So to say that the Def Jam: Fight for New York (which we will refer to as DJFFNY from now on) came as a surprise, is something of an understatement.