Def Jam Fight For New York Reader Review
Def Jam Fight For NY is the sequel to Def Jam Vendetta which was given mixed reviews due mainly to the lack of match types. Well, you'll be pleased to know that this isn't the case anymore as there are quite a few match types you will find here although you'll have to unlock them by playing through the Story Mode. The match types on offer include cage matches to throwing people at SUV's to fighting at a subway station where you can throw your oppoenent into an oncoming train. You won't find variety as deep as you'd find in something like Smackdown but it is a significant improvement over the first game in the match types department.
The Story Mode is the main mode of the game which will take you around six to seven hours to complete. It starts out with your character busting D-Mob out of trouble, you can then go to create your character. This is suprisingly in depth but if you can't be bothered you can just pick a character that has already been made for you. The story dosen't get off to a good start in a sense that the man you beat D-Mob is now the guy you're trying to save which make the first game seem utterly pointless. Anyway the new villan in this game fits the role perfectly so it's not all bad. In general the story is a lot better in Def Jam Fight For NY than it was in the original. You will now recieve voice messages and texts from your friends and enemies. You can also customise your character by adding tattoos getting some new threads or maybe some stupid gold bracelet that makes you look gay aswell as a barber shop where you can get that big afro you've always wanted, right?
The game has five fighting styles from which you can choose including martial arts, wrestling, submission, street fighting and kickboxing. All styles have strengths and weaknesses and as you become better through training at the gym you can earn up to three fighting styles which will make your life a lot easier later on in the game. I say training but in reality I mean beat opponents to get experience points which you can then spend to upgrade your character. It would have been nice to actually train like CJ in San Andreas but here it's not the case.
The game features 40+ hip-hop artists some of which you will have to unlock. Just about all the major rap stars are there from the likes of Ludacris to Method Man the roster has been beefed up for this version. On to combat which is one of the game's main faults. The combat feels slow and sluggish although it is very satisfying when you knockout an opponent. The AKI coorporation used to make the WCW wrestling games and they've never really improved the system which seems like it's stuck back in 1999. You can use weapons and the environment to your advantage which you will more often than not due to the actual fighting being rather unconvincing. The game also suffers with some pop-up and slowdown although it is a rarity. You can make you opponents bleed but it looks a lot more like tomato ketchup than the real thing. Beat your opponent to death and they'll still bleed in the same place and there is a definitive lack of weapons in the game which have been sacrificed in favour of the interactive environment.
Def Jam Fight For NY is a just above average fighting game. It's not awful but at the same time it could be so much better. The game mechanics are somewhat broken with it most of the time being nothing but a mere button-masher. The quality of the story and voice acting is all great but you can have all this and it means nothing if the game dosen't actually play well. This is a better game than Def Jam Vendetta but that's mainly due to there being more match types not that the game is actually any better. This is a disapointment and it looks like it has a long road to go to compete with Yuke's WWE games.
6 / 10