Conclusion: If you happened to enjoy Vendetta, you should already be putting your shoes on to head out to the store to pick up Fight for NY, and if you didn’t play Vendetta you should really consider checking out this year’s version because it is really a step up. As far as sequels go, Fight for NY is one of the best we’ve seen in a long time with a lot of upgrades and advancements for the series.
Excerpt: 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. DJFFNY isn't the first game to feature hip-hop artists kicking the crap out of each other.
Excerpt: More rough and tumble in ill-fitting, over-priced sports gear comes to XBox in the shape of this sequel to Def Jam Vendetta, the menacingly-titled Fight for New York. Having delivered the goods last year, developer AKI has upped the ante with FFNY. The game features more than 40 superstars from the hip hop scene, or thereabouts, with the likes of Bubba Sparxxx, Sean Paul, Ice-T and Henry Rollins (Henry Rollins... hip hop... Wha!... Oh, he's the in-game gym instructor...
Conclusion: streets back under his control. After customizing your character to look somewhat like yourself, for the player creation process isn’t as in depth as it should have been (much like any EA game), you can choose from five different fight styles to teach your fighter: Wrestling, Submission, Kick-boxing, Street Fighting, and Martial Arts. Each style feels different from the other so it may take some time before finding your ideal form.
Excerpt: The first Def Jam title revolved around a disgraced street brawler battling his way back into an underground fighting circuit to save his best friend and ex-girlfriend from a crime lord named D-Mob. Players had to take out every one of D-Mob's lieutenants on their own turf before squaring off with the gangster.
Excerpt: When Def Jam Vendetta was originally announced, some gamers scoffed at the premise. A wrestling game with rappers?! Their jests were squashed as Vendetta provided an appealing story, plenty of famous artists to beat up (or play as in skirmish modes) and responsive controls. In fact, the largest complaint that resounded after Vendetta became a smash hit was that the story mode was way too short to make the game an instant classic.
Excerpt: My hip-hop “career” started and ended in 1986 when my posse, The Brookview Boyz, performed a less than flattering little ditty at a Junior High talent show that scored rave reviews from the crowd and a six week string of detentions.