How important is your reputation? Do you understand what it means when representing for your crew? Someone once said that having respect is far greater than someone fearing you. In the City that never sleeps, it is all on the line as D-Mob faces off against Crow and his crew trying to take over all of New York City, but with a new comer thrown into the mix. Crow’s plans might get buried like the Pharaohs of old. This is Kuma and I welcome you all to this Throwback Thursday Review of Def Jam Fight for NY. It is time to make some noise.
We begin our story with D-Mob being arrested, which pretty much showcasing the end of his Era from the first Def Jam Vendetta, but out of nowhere a Range Rover spins the squad car. This is where the faceless “hero” comes in and rescues D Mob from incarceration, but this is also where you build yourself into the main character of the story. Thanks to you being the only soldier to get D-mob out of trouble, you are now a part of his crew to take down the uprising of Crow (played by Snoop Dogg). This is where you will decide on remaining a sucker for the rest of your life or knuckle up by throwing down fist on some fools. The reputation of your crew all rides on how well you can throw your next punch and take back the streets of New York.
Now that you are now wanted by the police after customizing your character and earned some loot to get new threads, it is now time to take on opponents. The good news is that customizing your character for the Def Jam world is pretty intense and filled with many options, with more options later on as you progress. The bad news is that it is limited to just male character for the campaign, even though there are female fighters as well. The ladies are left out in the main story. The better news is Henry Rollins is there to instruct you through your campaign and sends you messages on your T-mobile Sidekick to better your fighter. In each area of NY, you will tackle on certain task and even special objectives to get the top score, but spend your points wisely when you train your skills. The skill tree breaks down to Upper Strength, Lower Strength, Toughness, Speed, and Health. Then there is the option to pick two other fighting styles from the current one that you picked from start. I started off with Street Fighting, then Kick-Boxing and finally wrestling. The other two are Martial Arts and grappling, but Martial arts is the hardest to get used to at first, so be aware with your skill tree if you pick that one first.
This best thing about Def Jam Fight for NY is the fact that the A.I combat skills are pretty challenging and they will piss you off with the taunts and commentary. This my friends will cause you to take each match seriously and punish the hell out of your opponent, especially ICE-T who proceeds to be one of the toughest in the game. This will use any means to win the match and he has supreme wrestling moves, but in the end if he wins the statement he uses will put you in a rage. Ice-T’s ending wing quote, “You a Punk, your Dad’s a Punk and your Mom’s a B**CH!” Oh snap I came back into that match with a perfect, but I made sure I smashed his head in with a bottle. In another example you at times will get a message from another opponent challenging you and this time I took on Sean Paul…This dude has been banging on that damn furnace for far too long, now it is time to knock him out!
As great this game was, the sequel Def Jam Icon, did not do it any justice and totally took everything great and made it into a horrible mess. I hope that when the Ps4 and XboxOne comes out that Fight For NY is added to the classic download list or better yet make an HD remix of this fantastic title with online play. I mean the PSP version is in the store to download, but not the Ps2 version? Come on this is one of those throwback titles that were a good mix of awesome hip hop/rap with great fight mechanics for its time. I mean it even gives you the option of having a girlfriend and even change her in mid story if you grow tired of her, However my girl Cindy J, can’t be replaced by Carmen Elecktra, that’s just me.
If you have the means of picking up this title either on the Xbox or Ps2, please keep it in your library. I hope this reaches someone out there to add this to either Xbox Marketplace or Sony Store sometime in the future. I thank you all for joining me in this awesome memory of one of my favorite fighters and please be sure to throw a comment below to let me know what titles you would like me to check or just state one of your favorites from yester year. Stay frosty gamers!
Developer: AKI Corporation, EA Canada
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Gamecube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Rated: M for Mature
Kuma’s Verdict: 4 out of 5