PS3 Def Jam demo drops Thursday

Free sample of Electronic Arts' latest hip-hop slugfest headed for the PlayStation Store; will be accompanied by new Resistence videos, movie trailers.

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While EA's Def Jam: Icon is the third installment in the publisher's series of hip-hop hybrid fighting games, it represents a significant departure from its predecessors in terms of gameplay. Later this week, PlayStation 3 owners will get a chance to see if they like the change, as Sony today announced that it will release a free demo of the game on its PlayStation Store tomorrow.

Where Def Jam Vendetta and Def Jam: Fight for NY played like wrestling games, with an emphasis on brawling elements, Def Jam: Icon attempts to blend the music into the gameplay. Players can time their attacks to the beat of the music to dish out extra damage, and the music can also trigger explosions and create other interactive elements in the game's levels.

The Def Jam demo isn't the only piece of new content arriving on the PlayStation Store Thursday. Sony has also said it will release a free trailer and behind-the-scenes videos on Insomniac's first-person shooter Resistance: Fall of Man, while movie buffs can download new looks at Disturbia (trailer), Premonition (trailer), and Shooter (trailer and behind-the-scenes video).

While Def Jam: Icon released for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on the same day earlier this month, a demo of the Xbox 360 version arrived on Microsoft's console in February. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review.

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