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Def Jam Icon, the successor to Def Jam: Fight for NY, is the third installment in the hip hop fighting series series and the first not developed by AKI Corporation.

Battles are fought one-on-one with characters named and built after 30 famous artists such as Redman, Ghostface Killah, Ludacris, Sean Paul and more, each with a different style. There is less focus on wrestling now, but players can still grab and throw opponents to have the environment damage them as well. The locations include rooftops, street, a gas station - opposed to the arenas and wrestling rings of the previous titles.

The 6 available styles are Ghetto Blaster (Street Fighting), Street Kwon Do (Taekwondo), Black Panther (Kung Fu), Muay Fly (Muay Thai), Beatboxer (Boxing), and Jah Breaker (Capoeira). There is no HUD, you have to deduct the damage from the characters themselves. In any fighting mode, you’ll find that the environment will bounce around with the beat of the song playing during a match, allowing for special attacks and additional damage.

If none of the characters suits you, you once again can create your own character with an advanced F.A.C.E. system. This time, you can customize everything from a skin blemish to a funny nose. ICON provides a soundtrack of 29 songs. The fighters perform better when one of their own songs is playing.


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Game Freaks 365 Xbox 360 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 3 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
XBox Front Xbox 360 Apr 11, 2007 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot PlayStation 3 Mar 08, 2007 8.1 out of 10 81
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Mar 23, 2007 8 out of 10 80 Xbox 360 Mar 20, 2007 77 out of 100 77 Xbox 360 May 31, 2007 7 out of 10 70
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 Apr 29, 2007 7 out of 10 70
The A.V. Club Xbox 360 Mar 07, 2007 B- 67
GameSpy PlayStation 3 Mar 14, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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