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.
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.
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.
Summary: When it comes to reviewing games, not every critic agrees. Some decide that it's their job to score games based on what their readers would want, while others choose to center their final decision on their own personal opinions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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