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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.9
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.8
Overall User Score (10 votes) 3.0

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US) (Apr 01, 2003)
Other than those few small nitpicks, Def Jam Vendetta succeeds as well on the GameCube as it does on the PS2. It’s exactly the sort of creative shot in the arm wrestling games need these days.
Game Over Online (Apr 21, 2003)
Simply put, if you own a PS2 or a Gamecube, Def Jam Vendetta deserves to be in your library, even if you don’t like wrestling or fighting games. There’s a ton of replay value with the numerous game modes, and the computer opponents can always be counted on for a challenge, especially with the expansive number of moves for each fighter. Plus, once you’ve made the computer beg for mercy, it’s a great game to whip out on friends and beat each other up with, especially because of its short learning curve. Bump your speakers and bob your heads to this one; it’s time to get dirty with Vendetta.
IGN (Mar 31, 2003)
If you played Wu Tang: Shaolin Style on the PS1 and have since been scared of rapper fisticuffs ever since, don't worry. Def Jam Vendetta represents both the culture and the clash to the highest degree. Besides, word on the streets is that Method Man himself thought the Wu-Tang Clan game was whack, so you're not alone. When it comes to two-player action, you'll be hard-pressed to find a smoother, slicker slobber knocker than this wrestler. It's the game that makes The Rock look like a pebble and is a must-buy for all fans of the genre. And, as you can see by the score, it's the highest rated wrestling game on the site.
GameZone (Apr 16, 2003)
Def Jam Vendetta features an impressive roster of fighters (44 in total) and every character is very unique and stylized in their own right. But the most interesting fighters are undoubtedly the Def Jam Records artists like Method Man, Redman, DMX, Scarface, Ghostface Killah, and others. Word on the street is that the rappers actually had a lot of influence over how their digital representations would fight and move, and after witnessing some of the more brutal special moves that these characters are capable of; I’d tend to believe it. Like Scarface’s Hammer Throw where he picks up his opponent by the legs, slams him down on the ground like a rag doll then picks him back up and spins him around a few times before hurling him face first into the ground.
Richtig gut gefiel uns die leicht erlernbare Steuerung. Mit über 1500 Bewegungsanimationen ist der Titel nicht geizig, wenn es um optische Schmankerl geht. Wenn bekannte Sprechsänger wie Redman ihre Gegner an der Gurgel packen, ihnen beherzt gegen den Adamsapfel boxen und sie anschließend aus dem Ring schleudern, kommt Laune auf. Das Ganze ist selbstverständlich mit coolem HipHop unterlegt und auch an verbalen Beleidigungen wird nicht gespart. Grafisch ist der Titel wirklich gelungen. Kein Ausnahmespiel, aber jede Menge Spaß und fette Beats.
85 (Jun 20, 2003)
Def Jam Vendetta est une réussite à tous les niveaux. EA Sports BIG nous démontre encore une fois tout son talent et dispose désormais d'un nouveau titre fort à son palmarès. A croire que le studio est capable de transposer n'importe quel sport en véritable hit. Je suis sûr que passé entre leur mains, même le curling peut devenir intéressant !
GameSpot (Apr 01, 2003)
As a wrestling game, Def Jam Vendetta manages to succeed on most every level, providing surprisingly deep gameplay, quality graphics and sound, and a distinctive atmosphere. And while the game could have used a few more real-life artists and a bit more depth, Def Jam Vendetta is still strong enough in its execution to make it a perfect alternative for fans who have grown weary of the standard WWE-style games. Vendetta is truly a great wrestling game that any fan of the genre should try.
Game Shark (Apr 14, 2003)
Putting these complaints aside, there's no denying that DJV is an awesome game with a lot of flash, charisma, style and action. AKI has done a grand job of creating a game engine that (I hope) will evolve into the foundation for a formidable and robust franchise. This first iteration of the engine is great but there's room for improvement. DJV is a must buy for fight/wrestling game fans even though it's missing a few important features and game modes that are a staple of the wrestling/fighting game genre.
N-Zone (Jul 09, 2003)
Dieser Wrestling-Titel fällt nicht nur wegen seiner andersartigen Präsentation aus der Rolle. Besonders gelungen sind die kleinen Filmchen vor den Kämpfen, die gekonnt auf die Hinterhofkeilerei einstimmen. Spielerisch gehen die kompliziertesten Moves schnell von der Hand und auch im Mehrspielermodus ist der Titel für lange Zeit unterhaltsam. Als nette Dreingabe gibt es nicht nur reale Rapstars zum Verkloppen, sondern auch Bildergalerien mit hübschen Mädels.
80 (GAF) (Apr 29, 2003)
Overall, even with its faults, Def Jam Vendetta is the best wrestling game released on the GameCube to date. While it can become excessively frustrating in single player mode, multiplayer mode really shines and will, ultimately, be the draw of people to the game. Even if you aren’t a fan of the Def Jam artists, the game play—especially in multiplayer—will draw you in.
78 (Jun 25, 2003)
Spieler, die sich schon auf dem N64 mit den Aki-Produkten beschäftigt haben, werden sich sofort heimisch fühlen. Das Kontrollschema wurde nahezu unverändert auf den GameCube gebracht und sorgt so für einen schnellen Einstieg, der Euch aber trotzdem viele Move-Möglichkeiten in die Hand gibt. Der Story-Modus geht ebenfalls weit über die Wrestling-Kost hinaus, die bislang nur von WWE Wrestlemania X8 angeboten wird. Da man aber nach einmaligem Durchspielen die Geschichte schon kennt, wird Vendetta nur zu einem kurz- bis mittelfristig motivierendem Unternehmen. Denn da es herzlich wenig Matchtypen gibt, wird man wohl kaum jemand überreden können, das Pad für gepflegte Mehrspieler-Action in die Hand zu nehmen. Da die Genre-Konkurrenz aber auf dem Cube bei Weitem nicht so dominant ist wie auf der PS2, sollten alle Wrestling-Fans, die von Wrestlemania X8 enttäuscht waren, dennoch zugreifen.
78 (Jul 15, 2003)
Def Jam Vendetta ist ein gelungenes Arcade Wrestlingspiel, das dank viel Dynamik und cooler Charaktere viel frischen Wind ins Genre bringt. Während Einzelspieler den Ring bereits nach einiger Zeit freiwillig verlassen, fechten gesellige Spielernaturen immer wieder coole Fights aus. Hätte man sich beim Storymodus mehr Mühe gegeben, hätten es die Rapper des Labels "Def Jam Records" vielleicht sogar bis an die Spitze der Spielecharts geschafft!
78 (Aug 08, 2003)
When a company like EA releases a game, they usually acquire the license of something expensive so that they can use it in the game. (e.g. all the car brands in Need For Speed). This usually makes the game more appealing for consumers.
Cubed3 (Jul 12, 2003)
Def Jam Vendetta is an exceptional wrestling game and really shows that wrestling doesn't have be just about lycra wearing men as it is in the WWE and its games. Def Jam Vendetta mixes the wrestling world with the music world and provides something that is much more fresh and different to any other wrestling game ever made. It is a game that anyone whether you like wrestling or not should defiantly think about giving this game a look. The only bad thing is the lack of options and modes but still, the simplicity of the gameplay and the sublime graphic engine make this a great game.
Game Revolution (Apr, 2003)
The game was developed by Aki (who have done a few other wrestling games) under the EA Big umbrella, the same studio that brought us such sweet gaming crack as the SSX games and NBA Street. But while those titles were chock full of interesting gameplay ideas, this one is basically just a hip-hop version of any decent wrestler.
GameSpy (Apr 12, 2003)
Even with all its flaws, Def Jam Vendetta is the best wrestling game currently on the market. The AKI engine is still unmatched, and the story mode has flair. Wrestling and rap is an ingenious hybrid and playing with pals certainly brought out this white boy's inner-gangsta. The baffling incompleteness of the game will hopefully will be corrected in the inevitable Def Jam Vendetta 2.