Excerpt: With music games seemingly reaching critical mass this holiday season, it seems like a huge oversight that there hasn't been a popular or successful rap game to enter the market. Rap is huge. There is really no way around that one. Artists like Lil' Wayne, Soulja Boy Tell'em, and Eminem light up the charts and sell millions and millions of dollars worth of music, so why has no one properly capitalized on the rap star fantasy?
Excerpt: Karaoke has never been my cup of tea. When people suggest a late-night trip to Lucky Voice and the idea is met with drunken cheers, my heart sinks like a limbless swimmer. Want to see my Road Runner impression? Just pull out a copy of SingStar and - meep meep! - I'll be over the horizon in seconds. Now, thanks to Def Jam Rapstar, I can honestly say I've lost much of my antipathy towards microphones.
Summary: If all you're looking for is a karaoke game featuring hip hop's biggest stars, then Def Jam Rapstar is worth checking out. Just be warned, it features a limited track list, some questionable design decisions and very few compelling game modes. This is a good idea that needs to be retooled before it becomes a staple of the music game genre. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Excerpt: You may have quelled Karaoke Revolution, shot through SingStar, and completely licked Lips, but Def Jam Rapstar is going to knock you out, like mama said, regardless of how familiar you are with the featured artists. That's because this game does a surprisingly decent job of tracking the actual words being spit into the mic. No more coasting through a song by saying anything in the correct pitch. Rapstar will recognize any lyrical fronting and label it garbage.
Summary: There are few titles that have represented the hip hop music genre in gaming; the only series that has incorporated it successfully would be DJ Hero. Last generation’s Get On Da Mic, which was released on the PS2 in 2004, was a failure both commercially and critically. So when Konami announced Def Jam Rapstar it left many people skeptical of how it well it would be received.
Pros: + Great first entry into this series that encompasses hip hop and the roots of it., + Community aspect adds great depth to the title that will keep you coming back for more.
Cons: - Track list seems a bit short when compared to other games in the same genre.
Conclusion: Within the karaoke sub genre, it's definitely up there with the rest. This is not as extensive or intricate as other "instrument" based music games, which definitely has a noticeable effect when comparing it to them. But this game isn't trying to be that, it's simply offering great tracks from a wide range of artists like old school acts Wu-Tang Clan, Notorious B.I.G, Tu Pac, and Public Enemy along with newer mainstream artists like Soulja Boy, Yung Joc, and Drake.
Summary: There's nothing like pretending that you have a negligible amount of musical skill, especially when it comes to something like fun like rapping. Def Jam Rapstar does a great job of combining old school and new radio hits to get the party started.
Pros: Amazing Track List Composed of Both Old and New Hip Hop, Party Mode Helps You Jump Right Into The Game, Easy To Use Community Features Help You Share Your Videos, It's An Incredibly Fun Game
Cons: Swear Words Replaced By Blanks, Requires You To Really Know The Lyrics To Beat The Game
Conclusion: Spending time on the community Web site is appealing, and it's fun to give props where props are due (and hopefully receive some props of your own). It has the potential to blossom into something unique as the player population grows, and it gives Def Jam Rapstar a more social and creative outlet than many other rhythm games.
Pros: Great songs represent different decades and styles, Simple, enjoyable video editing tools, Intriguing community Web site, Freestyle mode offers a unique creative outlet.
Cons: Some phrase-mapping issues, Bouncing ball not terribly helpful.