For a wallop, try `Def Jam Fight'

GAME ROOM

Game Room

October 28, 2004

Electronic Arts' Def Jam Fight for New York is a gritty, urban fistfight. You fight in a New York underworld of thugs and gangsters, trying to make a name for yourself.

Each win earns you cash to spend on clothes, jewelry, tattoos and trinkets. You can get up to four players involved in a fight, but there's no online play.

The fights are plenty of fun, even against the computer, and button-mashing does no good. To win a match, you have to knock out your opponent, and to do that you have to execute a specific move.

The graphics might not be as good as some other games, but the punches and kicks hit with a lot of wallop.

The camera is occasionally a problem. My fighter got stuck behind pillars a couple times, so I had no clue what was happening.

That can be frustrating when someone in the crowd grabs you in a chokehold so that your opponent can take a couple of potshots.

Def Jam has more of a hip-hop connection, with cameo appearances from big-name rappers. Along with that, though, comes plenty of M-rated language. Don't play this game in front of polite company. If you want a pure fighting game without all the monsters and puzzles, go with Def Jam.

Victor Godinez The Dallas Morning News

Def Jam Fight for New York

Price: $49.

Rating: M for ages 17 and older.

Platforms: PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox.

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