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TVG checks out the bling heading for the Big Apple as the second title in the Def Jam series is released…
Bling, hip-hop, and violence is combined once again for this new title in the ongoing Def Jam series, and we at TVG Towers would be lying if we didnâ??t admit to being a little bit excited about he prospect of playing Fight for NY on its arrival at the office.
Originally titled Def Jam: Vendetta II, the title had changed over to Fight for NY by the title of this yearâ??s E3 trade show. After the success of the original title, EA have tried to expand on the idea and develop Fight for NY beyond the expectations of DJ: Vendetta fans.
The game allows you to set up your profile; you can either choose one of the pre-defined profiles, or in typical EA fashion, you can create your own fighter. Players can decide upon everything from the height through to hair colour â?“ even the style of the fighterâ??s voice. Itâ??s a neat idea since it makes you develop a link with your character so when they hurt, so do you.
Fight for NY has multiple game modes for the players to take part in. The main Story mode follows your players after he helps Def Jam veteran character, D-Mob (played by Chris Judge) to escape from the authorities. As a reward, you get to join his gang and fight for control of the NY underground (street-gangs â?“ not the subway.) After being shown to your new pad, you get to shop around for some new clothes to help blend in with the rest of the gang.
Once again, the choice of clothes, tattoos, shoes, and hairstyle not only helps you get into the game; it reinforces the link between player and character. Clothes, shoes, and shades are all licensed from companies including Nike and Fila so at least you can buy your $45 T-shirt if you so wish. Trips to the barbers and to the tattoo parlour enable you to customise your fighter, and it must be noted that certain tattoos are locked until later in the game, donâ??t cover yourself in ink too soon.
On to the fights. EA have taken great pleasure in developing this game, and the engine has undergone a radical overhaul with weapons, and crowd involvement all form part of the Fight for NY experience. Grabbing weapons from the crowd is all part of KOâ??ing your opponent as quickly as possible. Grabbing a metal bar from the â??audienceâ?? and whacking your enemy over the head a couple of times completely changes the outcome of the fight â?“ KOâ??s aplenty. But before you start grabbing the baseball bats and the glass bottles from the crowd a word of warning â?“ the fighters in the game are ruthless and wonâ??t often present you with an opportunity to cave their face in. Itâ??ll take patience and a few combo sequences to drop your opponent and allow you a second or two to arm yourself.
The game also allows you develop several fighting styles as you progress throughout the game. You can choose the style that your character fights in, whether thatâ??s as a Kickboxer, Streetfighter, even a Wrestler â?“ there are several to choose from, although itâ??s worth pointing out that if your character weighs in at about 160lbs, then he wonâ??t really be able to fight effectively with a wrestling styles when youâ??re up against a fighter nearly twice your weight. As weâ??ve already mentioned, the game allows you to specialise in certain fighting styles, but it also allows you to â??cashâ?? in some points so you can upgrade your fighter in terms of developing his upper/lower body strength, toughness, and speed.
The fights take place in over 20 locations spread out throughout the city of New York, and to get an idea of the types of location that youâ??ll be fighting in, we recommend that you sit down and watch films like Fight Club, because you wonâ??t be playing at Madison Square Gardensâ?¦The locations are seedy and atmospheric, perfect for the nature of the game. Having said that, the environments have been created with a lot of detail, and together with the high quality character models, the game is visually great.
After a bout, you return to your apartment to check voice and email from your gang, the various stores, and to potential opponents as they threaten to beat you into a pulp. You can also choose the clothes that youâ??ll wear during the next bout, and also look at the trophies that youâ??ve won throughout the course of the game.
Two of the main selling points of the game are the music and the hip-hop stars that make appearances throughout the game either as fighters (such as Busta Rhymes), or as the women characters (such as Lâ??il Kim) . As you progress through the Story mode, you can fight for the woman of your choice, so itâ??s kind of chivalry for the underground scene. Tracks from all of the hip-hop stars litter the soundtrack to the game, and really reinforce the strong underground urban scene that EA try to create. On the whole, the graphical representations of the artists are really good, with all of the fighters enjoying high polygon counts and weâ??re sure that appearing in the game as well as performing on the soundtrack will really enhance their profile (and their bank balances.) The fighters also enjoy taunting before and after the bouts, so you too can look forward to Ice-T telling you that â??Your Mama is a bitch!â?
Def Jam: Fight for NY also includes several so-called â??Battleâ? modes including Team matches and Free For All; and, amazingly, Def Jam also includes six locked Battle modes for players to discover. In the Battle modes, you can choose to either play as your custom fighter, or as one of the fighters in the game. The fighters are made up of several hip-hop artists including Method Man and Redman, but in a move that differentiates reality from fantasy, the artists â??playâ?? the characters â?“ the game doesnâ??t represent their behaviour away from the mic; a nice move that should at least stop the papers like the Daily Mail from reporting that music and video games and working together to brainwash the nationâ??s children for a short while.
The developers have also remembered that sometime, gamers play their games by themselves, so theyâ??ve made sure that you can take part in any of the multi-fighter modes with computer AI controlling the other fighters.
There are over 30 fighters for you to unlock, and a ton of moves to master. When you are engaged in pummelling an opponent into next week, you will increase your â??Blazeâ?? bar; once this bar is full, you have the ability to unleash a huge combo on your opponents that will send their heath right down. Your fighter will literally see red, but to pull off these tremendously over the top Blaze moves, youâ??ll have to grab your opponent first â?“ a tough order because they seem to know that they are in for a kicking. A strange, almost ethereal sound effect plays when a Blaze combo is being performed, and the closest comparison that wee can make to it is when you use Impact Time in EAâ??s Burnout3. The developers have also created specific graphic effects just before the Blaze combo is completed that include turning the screen into a greenish colour and changing the camera angle. This all culminates in the screen freezing for a couple of seconds just as your fighter goes in for the KO.
Away from the special Blaze moves, the controls in Def Jam are very straightforward; there are kick and punch buttons, which can then be changed to produce harder attacks. Fighters can grapple and then perform a variety of more violent moves such as head butts and â??kneeingsâ??; and if youâ??ve chosen to master certain fighting styles, submission moves can also form part of your repertoire. The various hits flow really well into multiple combos, so youâ??ll soon be able to rack up the Blaze bar â?“ one last thing, you can also block your opponents own attacks, a move that becomes very handy throughout the game. In other words, Fight for NY is full of brutal fights where you can almost feel the blows rain down on your fighter, where blood is spilt throughout the bouts. Great fun.
Fight for NY has plenty of scope, with players given the opportunity to create their own fighters, and change their appearance throughout the game with different clothes, tattoos, hair and fighting styles, and of course, bling.
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