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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.5
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall User Score (11 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Netjak (Jan 08, 2005)
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.
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.
Yahoo! Games (Sep 22, 2004)
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.
GameZone (Oct 22, 2004)
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?
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.
Next Level Gaming (Oct 15, 2004)
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.
PSX Extreme (Oct 06, 2004)
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.
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.
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!
GameSpot (Sep 20, 2004)
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.
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.
86 (Sep 27, 2004)
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.
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.
85 (Oct 01, 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.
GamePlasma (Nov 16, 2004)
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 (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.
Diehard GameFan (Oct 01, 2004)
Whether you’re a hip-hop fan or not, if you’re into fighting games – or even wrestling games – then you should at least give FFNY a rental trial. Fans of the genre and the theme should be more than happy with what this game has to offer. A ton of fighters. Scores of moves. A boat load of options and unlockable rewards. Def Jam Fight For New York pretty much has it all. I certainly hope that EA continues with this trend, because I can’t wait to see what the third installment has to offer.
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.
Game Chronicles (Nov 08, 2004)
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.
GamePro (US) (Sep 20, 2004)
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.
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. 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.
70 (Nov 24, 2004)
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.
70 (Feb 18, 2006)
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.