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Def jam have had two other games. They were fun but rather cartoonish with unrealistic battles and stupid special moves. So when icon came out I picked it up on play station 3.
The plot is very sketchy at the start but from what I can make out timberland hires you as a body guard and you and him then set about making a music record. To do this you need money and contacts so you become fists for hire to beat up rival rappers and peoples stalkers and enemies. You then start to sign people to your label and make more money by increasing sales.
This game differs from the other two as you can "control the music". this means that when you move your hand like your scratching decks the music changes making something explode damaging your enemies. This is rather pathetic and makes no sense. It really looks stupid and for a game that has an 18 rating its out of place. The new fighting system that comes with Def Jam Icon is very stupid. The combos are easy to pull of and frankly look terrible. You can press a button then wait press it again and get 2 separate moves. The fighting is far too focused on punches and kicks and even if you do get into a grapple you will just end up throwing them across the room.
The controls are very sluggish and trying to get into a grapple is not worth the effort. The moves almost do to much effect with "controlling the music" being used far too much. The graphics are very nice but everything shines brighter then it should and the over head lights in the clubs are sometimes blinding if you stand in the wrong place. The shadowing is terrible. There never in the right place and sometimes there is never even a shadow were there should be. The game itself is easy thanks to the stupid AI. On most games taping the same button over and over will not win you the match however on icon this seems to be the easiest way to walk away with the win.
This game is very easy with sluggish and terrible controls. The control the music element is silly and makes no sense. To have some real fun I suggest you get street fighter 4.
Def Jam Icon is a fighting game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.
This game allows you to take your favourite rappers and hip hop stars into battle against each other, sounds like fun!
The fighting in this game is actually quite innovative as you must use to beat of the music to attack your opponent. This is quite hard to explain but it works well. Once you use the beat properly your opponent will be attacked by apart of the arena.
That is about all that is good in this game, the basic hand to hand fighting is slow and its cumbersome. They have taken out the extreme wrestling moves from the previous games which is very disappointing, the game just does not play right.
If you want to get this game it will cost you around £20.00, but I recommend you stick to the older games because they are much more fun.
I had played the demo for this game previously before I actually purchased the game, and instantly the graphics and the whole feel to the game was totally different to the previous titles (Def Jam: Fight for NY etc), it was eye catching and drew you in to it. The fact that the background environment came alive and you could control the music as well as the fact you could pick to be one of the famous rappers in this game was the main reasons I purchased this game.
This is a fighting game and please note that there is a lot of violence in this game.
You can pick to play as one of the rappers or make your own unique character. The aim of the game is to basically win your fights and pin your opponent down. You can pick your soundtrack at the beginning of the title and you control the music using the analogue sticks, you will also get a damage bonus if you music is playing in the background. The Xbox also lets you play your own music, however the damage bonus does not work. Each character has a different fighting style so you will probably need to play a few games with each character to find out what are their strengths and weaknesses. Each level has parts in it which interact with the characters, exploding gas stations or cars that randomly burn out; this is great if you are able to throw your opponent into it to cause more damage to their health, but a nightmare if it goes off when it is your character. Also there is also certain spot in the level in which you don't want to be standing around in the same spot for too long as falling objects or random character appears to damage your health.
The whole story line is rather weak and although the graphics are far superior to many other fighting games that are available (both the characters and whole content looks realistic) it seems to be disappointing to its many previous titles. It feels far too repetitive and you will probably find yourself getting bored rather easily. The fact that you can control your characters music does loose its appeal after a while and you will find that your character stops mid-way through a fight to make turntable motions to the music, which is really annoying, as does the random exploding items in the background; this tends to waste the whole feeling of the game. The controls are rather sticky and you will probably find that you character will become hard to control at points because of this.
This game is really disappointing if you have played the previous games, it seems that there has been more attention played to the graphics rather than a story line or control of this game. All in all if you don't really mind a fighting game with no real story line to it, then the graphics will draw you into this game.
Just before i talk about this game i would just like to say it is one of top fighting game i have ever been on, it has a great story line and has all new characters, the best feature of this game i would say are the amazing 3d graphics they are just so realistic and make you feel like you are there... i would say the only downside to this game is how you can control the scenery and the background environment by control it is a bad point to this game,another downside to this game is how you control the attacks with the analogue sticks it gets really annoying having to spin it around to make an attack.
In conclusion i would say this is a good game but not the best, if you are looking to buy this game i would advise you to try it out before you buy it to see if it is for you..
Incorporating hip-hop culture into every aspect of the game, Def Jam: Icon delivers the intensity of a no-holds-barred street fight but with style and rhythm. Players can live out the life of a hip hop mogul, going from rags to riches. Music will effect how players fight in each venue and environmental interactions and hazards will become a key strategy to staying alive.