Excerpt: Those who are fans of the rap and hip hop genre will be quick to tell you that despite the boom of karaoke games in the last few years, the style has seen little attention. While previous games such as SingStar and Lips denote points by getting the pitch and length of notes correct, rap is a whole other story that Def Jam Rapstar manages to capture perfectly.
Conclusion: Overall, Def Jam Rapstar is an excellent entry to the rap karaoke genre and goes some way to achieving what fans would have been wanting from the game. With a little bit more fine tuning here and there, Def Jam Rapstar has the potential to be a very serious contender within the music game market. It may be a much more niche product in the grand scheme of things, but its accomplishments are impressive nonetheless.
Excerpt: Fitness games are a relatively new phenomenon but one that Wii Fit has proven to have a big audience. Your Shape is a fitness game brought to us by Ubisoft for Microsoft’s fledgling Kinect motion control system. It seems like a great match, after all as the slogan states, “You are the controller!” Essentially Your Shape is a workout DVD that can see you moving along.
Conclusion: Def Jam Rapstar is the perfect rap game for any wannabe rap stars out there. With 40 tracks that span the entire rap genre, Def Jam Rapstar is only let down by a few technical issues and not having nearly enough iconic tracks for us to get our 'gangsta' on to.
Excerpt: With over 40 Rap and Hip Hop tracks, Def Jam Rapstar is the ultimate non-mainstream music "karaoke" game for the XBox 360 that not only contains an impressive track listing but has a few inspiring non "Singstar" tricks up its sleeves. Although it has a similar premise to other music games, Def Jam Rapstar takes your performances to the next level, provided you have a camera with the ability to record your singing/performances and even upload them to the Def Jam Rapstar...
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.
Conclusion: Def Jam Rapstar is a great music game but flawed social networking idea. It’s terrific fun as a party game, but the inability to directly battle and the shortness and quality of the clips allowed detract from its online half somewhat.