I liked it; was ok. Though I did love the first, so you can understand my disappoinment in this one. I liked the label storyline; I do miss the dynamic characters, multi acts in music, and voice overs.
The worst thing to ever happen to the Def Jam series was them changing it from a wrestling game (an original one too in a time where every WWE Smackdown game seemed the same) to a generic fighting game. Instead of having four players duke it out, you can only have two players at once now. The controls are clunky & stiff making it difficult to pull off many moves. The "music is your weapon" gimmick gets old really fast as most of your fights will just be spent scratching an invisible turntable to make the environment hurt your opponent. The story of you being an up and coming rapper is decent enough. However, it doesn't matter how good a storyline is if the gameplay is frustrating and terrible. I can't stress enough how terrible the controls are. You'll fight those more than you will your actual opponent. I brought this game brand new for only $2, and I still ended up taking it back for a full refund. If there is ever a 4th Def Jam game, which this 3rd installment pretty much insures won't ever happen now, it needs to return to a 4-6 player wrestling game. That's what made the first two games so fun to play. This game is not worth even renting. Even if you're a huge Def Jam fan.
There are some many disappointments with this game. The fighting scheme sucked, it was slow, and you got your butt handed to you for it. The only good thing about this game was the music, and you could style your fighter. But Im just not into playing barbie with a bad fighting scheme.