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GF Rating
5.3

1505 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
5

Fair

Disappointed

posted by soltakr (YORBA LINDA, CA) May 18, 2009

Member since Apr 2009

9 out of 10 gamers (90%) found this review helpful

In all honesty, I was very disappointed with ICON. It seems that all the tools and budget were in place to make a great game but fell short. I personally would place blame on the game director. The game graphic are great and the script work was good as well, however it feel short to at least match up with the early editions. The fighting system (which the previous games where all about) just wasn't there. The styles are "cheesy" to say the least and the fighters are just too slow, as if moving in water. The moves a limited plus the delays in action left me bored. The sound track was great but it was totally over shadowed by the repetitiveness. Everyone told me not to play this game but I gave Def Jam the benefit of the doubt and sadly to they failed miserable. Save yourself the agony and don't play ICON.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Def Jam Icon: Pleasing, but disappointing

posted by FatHippo (LAS VEGAS, NV) Mar 13, 2007

Member since Aug 2006

8 out of 11 gamers (73%) found this review helpful

I really enjoyed this game, I did. But I have a few things to say.

For a fighting game, it's really lacking on the fighting. It's not as smooth or entertaining as the last titles. And they took out the fight-ending moves where you completely destroy people. But I did like the addition of the DJ system. It allows you to cause massive damage to your opponent through timing (if you know the song) or through scratching the song to a place where the beat hits and the scenery attacks your opponent.

Nonetheless, whereas I enjoyed the storyline for the last few games, this one takes it to a whole new level. It's extremely engaging. But I did find myself at a point where I was only fighting to progress the storyline. I think it should be a good mix of both: where you're fighting to progress, and progressing to fight.

Overall, I really enjoyed this game. But, I had been considering keeping this game from Gamefly but now I know that it has very little replay value. Rent it, beat it, and move on.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Better than it appears!

posted by Liquidswar (BROOMFIELD, CO) Mar 11, 2007

Member since Feb 2007

12 out of 17 gamers (71%) found this review helpful

I'm not a huge fan of 1vs1 fighting games, and this hip-hop, urban game wasn't appealing to me at all (sorry, rock guy all the way).

However, I rented it, and it's great! It has a storyline you can follow in single player where you work for a record dealer. You are basically his "shark," taking care of all the dirty work for him. Meanwhile you build a record empire by recruiting hot rappers, and you can use your mooney to progress your record empire through investments or just buy a $300,000 watch for the heck of it.

The graphics on HDMI High Definition are amazing. The soundtrack is top notch.

Definitely gives this title a try. Lots of fun.

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