Author's note: This is part of a series of blogsin which Gabuex and I highlight games thatyou may have missed but are nonetheless awesome. Most of them are written by Gabu. The blogs, not the games (as far as I know).
Previous edition: Blazing Dragons
He's got the whole world in his hands.
It's time to take it to the streets. It's time to throw away everything you've been taught about human decency and/or dignitary and focus all your energy on smashing your opponent's head with a car door. Why do we do this? Because we thugs, and this is what thugs do.
Honestly, I have no idea why any of the characters in this game choose to live the way that they do, or for that matter, I don't know how they manage to keep living at all. The brutal hits that these people inflict on one another would be sure to cause death to most people. Or at least serious brain damage… which I suppose branches nicely into my next point.
Sometimes, a bar tab gets a bit out of hand.
Def Jam: Fight for New York is a dumb game, really dumb. It is openly a game about nothing more than angry people beating the crap out of each other; not to save the world from an outworld invasion, not to win a tournament to avenge their family, nope, these dudes just beat each other up so they can get money to buy bling. I hope that massive gold chain is worth a massive brain hemmorage.
The game features a huge quantity of real life rappers with refind names like "Fat Joe" and "Sitcky FIngaz"(sometimes as characters, mostly just as themselves) fighting for control of an underground street fighting league, it's clear that this "street fighting league" is a metaphor for all the problems we must control in our every day life. Or maybe not.
Don't let your opponent miss the train. Or more accurately, don't let the train miss your opponent.
So, this game was pretty well received by critics and I'm guessing it sold pretty well, so why am I listing it as an unsung great? Well, because if your tastes are at all like mine (tasteful), you probably stayed far away from this game.
Fight for New York is about wrestling and rap music, two things that I am not only not a fan of, but things that I actively dislike. Somehow, though, against all odds, this game just clicked for me. I bought this game used as a Christmas present for my brother who likes rap. I figured I'd try it before I gave it to him. After playing it for days, when Christmas came around I was pretty sad to give the game up. I had to go buy a copy for myself.
I find something funny about this adolescent street fighting club fantasy being played out by millionaire rappers. Whereas I find the extreme machismo in professional wrestling a bit frightening, the wacky premise of Def Jam, and the bizzare taunts gives the game a pretty lighthearted feel. Or maybe thats just me and my own desensitization.
The game plays really well. It's not as fast as a twitch based 1on1 fighting game, but it is a lot faster than a clunky WWF wrestling game. The fighting system comes down to pretty simple matters of timing your counters or breaking out of a grab, but you need to anticipate, because you can't do both. It's pretty simple, but there is enough variety ofstyIes to make each character feel different. And the super moves are absolutly insane.
Def Jam: Fight for New York isn't the type of game that I usually play and maybe that's why I enjoy it so much. It's fun to play, has loads of content and is very entertaining.If your collection has a big do-rag-shaped gap that can only be filled by angry rappers beating that crap out of each other, then this is the best game to fill that gap.
A less than subtle way to voice his disapproval of the song choice