Who wouldn‘t love to pummel Sean Paul into the concrete?
Cheat Code Central
28 March 2007
Conclusion: Def Jam Fight for New York was one of the greatest wrestling/fighting games of the current-gen, and simply porting it intact with a couple extra moves seems enough to produce a fine game on PSP. Rounding out the solid packaging of Fight for New York with basic-but-fun multiplayer options for The Takeover is simply icing on the cake.
Excerpt: A list of recent games claiming to be 'street' would be as big as J Lo's backside. But there is only one franchise that can boast having over 40 real hip-hop stars in their game - Def Jam. The Def Jam franchise makes it portable debut on the PSP, which means you can fight as some of the biggest names in hip-hop where and whenever you want.
Conclusion: I've been dying to play a good fighting game on the PSP for quite some time now. Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover definitely fills that role with quick bursts of fun gameplay and a fluid fighting system. It may be an upgraded port of Fight for NY but there are enough bells and whistles here to make it worth bringing on the road; even if you have played through the original game. A nice presentation helps round out the package as well.
Excerpt: The PSP is quickly proving itself as a solid place to carry over the basic concepts -- if not the execution -- of some of the PlayStation 2's bigger hits. That doesn't mean that everyone loves the whole idea of ports, and Sony's mandate that 30% of the game has to be new if it is a port hasn't really done much to shut up most of the naysayers poo-pooing the PSP library. The good news is that the same visceral, bloody appeal of the console game arrives here intact.
Excerpt: It doesn't seem like anyone, especially the executives at EA, really expected a wrestling-derived fighting game drizzled in hip-hop culture to be terribly successful. We've seen probably dozens of terrible takeoffs from the wrestling genre flop almost instantly, so why would the
Conclusion: The PSP has not had the greatest start of any handheld out there, but it is a game like Def Jam Fight for NY that can help take the platform further. This is a game that manages to be quite successful on the PSP, and makes a very good case of being worth a purchase. If you like the series or are a fan of fighting games, then you should definitely think about picking up Def Jam Fight for NY.
Pros: Highly enjoyable combat system that blends simplicity and brutality wonderfully, Deep character customization system, Lengthy story mode, Beautifully smooth graphics and animations
Cons: New storyline isn't as engaging as the original console game's, Despite being an update of a two-year-old game, not much new content, Most of the excellent voice acting from the console game has been cut
Summary: Featuring over 40 of the biggest and baddest names in hip-hop – including Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Xzibit and Ludacris – The Takeover is virtually identical to earlier home console versions in the brutal Def Jam series, but with a few subtle tweaks that make for faster, more violent scraps.