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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.1

Critic Reviews

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X-Power (Oct 18, 2004)
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!
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.
Extreme Gamer (Nov 12, 2004)
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!
GameZone (Oct 04, 2004)
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.
1UP (Sep 20, 2004)
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.
Game Chronicles (Nov 29, 2004)
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 (Oct 06, 2004)
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.
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 (Oct 01, 2004)
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!
Game Over Online (Oct 14, 2004)
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.
IGN (Sep 17, 2004)
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.
GameSpot (Sep 20, 2004)
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.
85 (Sep 23, 2004)
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.
81 (Sep 30, 2004)
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 (Nov 29, 2004)
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.
GamePro (US) (Sep 20, 2004)
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.
GameSpy (Sep 20, 2004)
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.
Game Revolution (Oct, 2004)
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.
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.
70 (Feb 18, 2005)
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.
60 (UK) (Sep 27, 2004)
Def Jam: Fight for New York is slick, mass-market entertainment for, well, the mass market. This is not a discerning game. It's exploitative and very well made, although not flawless enough to raise any eyebrows from those heavily into games and certainly not enough to tempt you away from the myriad, more hardcore offerings this Christmas. Buy it for Little Johnny's stocking. As long as you don't mind Ice-T shouting, "You're nothing but a punk, yo daddy's a punk, and yo momma's a b***h" every time he Shaolin's his head in.