Def Jam demo announced, delayed

[UPDATE] Free trial of EA's Def Jam: Icon once headed to Xbox Live Marketplace this Thursday now pushed back; single-player demo includes Big Boi, T.I. as playable.

Electronic Arts is hoping that tussles between rappers not only sell records, but also sell games. The California-based publisher is releasing Def Jam: Icon, the first next-gen version of the hip-hop fighting franchise, on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this March.

To prepare for the game's launch, EA is giving Xbox 360 owners a chance to go toe-to-toe with the game for free. EA has confirmed to GameSpot that a demo of Icon is scheduled to be available on Xbox Live Marketplace this Thursday [now delayed, see update below].

The single-player demo will feature Big Boi--also known as one-half of Outkast--and T.I. as playable brawlers on the Gas Station level. Gameplay will be timed, and the two songs that will keep gamers tapping their toes and kicking their opponents' cans are "Kryptonite" from Purple Ribbon All-Stars featuring Big Boi and "Top Back" from T.I.

Def Jam: Icon is rated M for Mature. For more information, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

[UPDATE] Electronic Arts has notified GameSpot that it is postponing the demo in order to coordinate a worldwide release. EA told GameSpot, "The demo will be available soon on Xbox Marketplace. We are coordinating a worldwide release for the demo. More details to follow."

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287 comments
Jenkins_2005
Jenkins_2005

Im not too keen on the game mechaincs of this, matching attacks to the beat of the songs had just turned this game from a brawler into a rythem game along the lines of of Guitar hero and such. I know there'll be people saying its nothing like GH because this is a fighting game but you have to realise that taking away the ablilty to just fight freely and win using which ever attacks you what at whatever time, makes this less of a fighting game and does make it a sort of GH, because to win, you have to play to the beat.

eric2006bc
eric2006bc

downloded this demo but im not reli to keen on the controls and stuff

TimoTheThug
TimoTheThug

Well i'm a huge hip-hop fan so i'nm hoping that they will release this demo on the ps3 as well. Fighting games aren't my type of genre but this one might be the first which i'm giving some good consideration

bigsexyleon
bigsexyleon

is the demo really that bad, i did like def jamvendetta wasnt keen on fight for ny

Vorador47
Vorador47

well i was hoping with ea chicago taking over, they would put in a good stand up fighting system and keep the brutal feel of the def jam series. and was really looking forward to it, because im really bored with tekken and VF style fighters. however this really did not deliver. 4 basic attacks, which can only be modified by hitting the same button a second or 3rd time. 3 directional attacks and a grab. what was great about the def jam games were that they were solid good games, with a gimic thrown on top, so even if like me, you didn't like the music and stuff, it was a fun game and you could appreciate it for that. this is just one big gimic with a crappy fighting system, on par with somehting like a Dragonball game thrown in. im sure this game will please anyone that likes graphics over game play though, it does look pretty nice. though the 2 cars in the back ground look awful, parts of the car arn't even connected to each other.

stuarthanley
stuarthanley

Just played the demo....er.... er.......... is anyone going to buy this drivel?

bebep
bebep

It was fun can't walt.

egomez3
egomez3

I played the demo and I was pretty disappointed also. I guess I was expecting more but overall the visuals are awesome and I think (and hope) the game will be better and more enjoyable.

joecollege08
joecollege08

I played the demo and was fairly disappointed, but that isn't really changing my judgment on the game as a whole. It just makes me want the whole thing instead of a sneak peek at what's to come.

impact1g
impact1g

demo was awful. game will be worse

Willceace
Willceace

Paceydre , you've got a very good point there. The three minutes you were allowed to play were impressive. Repetetiveness could ensue. But, There might be a free for all mode in the full game. Fingers crossed. With the character customisation and promise of online brawling, there could be a bit of life in this old dog before Army of Two and Stranglehold finally arrive.

Paceydre
Paceydre

I've played the demo but I must say that the demo is very limited...maybe for a few reasons. The short gameplay gives you great action in a short period of time....now you could say "I like this game, i will buy it because the demo gave me a fun time". But what if this short demo is to give you a first impression so you think the game is great but the entire game won't be that great since it gets repetitive. Maybe because of the repetitiveness they made it short. Well, a friend of mine is planning on buying this game....let me make some final judgements after spending a few hours on this game.

WaylanderFW
WaylanderFW

played the demo... and I must say it's really something different! I like the design style and the concept!

danciu
danciu

extraordinary game.i played fight for New York and it was amazing.I hope they wont screw it up like they did with carbon

PoopTete
PoopTete

this is all sonys fault. sony, man you suck!

moxyz1
moxyz1

old news i read this a week ago ,just seen it again and thought at last finaly comming this week and it s still the original saying not so,,title deceiving! l

bghattas
bghattas

Yeah, nice that videogaming has developed narrow-minded types like CJMcDursty who don't know what they are missing by playing all consoles. How about taking your fanboy self out of here?

tonymatt225
tonymatt225

nba street homecourt's gonna be sick too.

CJMcDursty
CJMcDursty

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Teelee8
Teelee8

I cant wait for this game its gna b sik GO COLTS

RightOn44
RightOn44

"Any game that allows me to throw Lil Jon into a helicopter is worth waiting for." Yea... yeeeeaaahhh!

Silvernix
Silvernix

ROFL, True enough Russian. It's like damn, get over it already.

russians_r_sexy
russians_r_sexy

haha i love how people like CJMcDursty automatically slam sony hahaha idiots

lvin5992
lvin5992

Thats real messed up TakeDaCannoli.

TakeDaCannoli
TakeDaCannoli

Any game that allows me to throw Lil Jon into a helicopter is worth waiting for.

xlassiter
xlassiter

Thanks E.A you piss me off im a really big fan of the def jam series it's just a demo it suck that they will do that it's not a online demo it's just a single player demo i would under stand taht it was a online demo but it's not and that gets me piss

kdaman36
kdaman36

Man that really sucks that there hold the demo i was wantin to try it before the game actually drops but i think i agree with CJMcDursty i think it has something to do with sony i just hope they drop it way before the gme comes out.

CJMcDursty
CJMcDursty

they aren't holding in back for the worldwide release of the game, just holding it back cuz sony is **** so blame sony for bringing out a horrible system way too early

RICHIE_BOWEN
RICHIE_BOWEN

A world wide release of the game. Not Demo.

TheWunGamer4Lyf
TheWunGamer4Lyf

so when is the demo really coming out? and what the heck is a worldwide demo release. its just a freakin demo!

MaG1K9
MaG1K9

WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CJMcDursty
CJMcDursty

im very excited about this one. loved FFNY and the new control scheme sounds pretty intresting. just wish they would hurry up and drop the demo already

ryanjtravis
ryanjtravis

Not too excited about this one anyways (but I'll definitely try out a free demo any day) :)

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

Hopefully I can get online tonight to download it!

gwilo007
gwilo007

I just bdownloaded it I didn't play it, but the file size seems to be a bit small to be a full demo....

RICHIE_BOWEN
RICHIE_BOWEN

no demo just a 30 second intro trailer with no game footage. Shame I was looking forward to playing this one.

gwilo007
gwilo007

what the....? I downloaded the demo this morning it was like a 67-68 meg file... they didn't delay it...

NND1
NND1

XbOX 360: Im Lovin' IT!!! Gwilo007 Does it have rumble tooo????

Xanog1
Xanog1

Why no PS3 demo?

nynthninja
nynthninja

that sucks...and to the Ketchup dude...not highly Anticipated????!! Every game site, magazine ect ect says we are sooooo excited for this game sure the game doesnt have the appeal you want...but it does everone wants to be a rapper or punch them in the face ha something for everyone