This game was alot of fun when it came out in 06-07 or so, and i just rented it & discovered it still is. The only downside to the PS3 version is the lack of custom soundtracks; this makes the in-game fight music extremely limited compared to the 360 release. Other than that, the line-up of rappers playable for the fights is pretty legit. Young Jeezy, The Game, Redman & Method Man, E-40, Ludacris, Bun B from UGK, Big Boi from Outkast..the list goes on. With the "F.A.C.E." character creation, the game allows for some seriously deep character customization. I was even able to use several of my four slots for custom fighters to make additional artists (Young Buck, Rick Ross, Pimp C) that looked like the real rappers enough that friends picked them not knowing the difference, wondering where their fight songs where on the music selection. Play around with it, it's a lot of fun! Combat is fairly simple to master. Controlling the fight songs via dj scratching moves, fully destructible environments vividly detailed with a grimy hiphop filter over them, and hearing your favorite artists trash talking eachother all make this game wild when the fights break out. There are some issues with fighting, though : Too many characters' fighting styles are imbalanced (i.e, majority of moves are kicks or high moves leaving them vulnerable often), and EVERYONE's combos/moves are painfully slow. This is not for the seeker of fast-moving, fly across the screen with gi-normous fireballs flying out of your %$# type fighting games. Story mode is interesting, different situations each run allow for some replay value there. Not too much unlockable content, on the downside. Bottom line..if you like rap and want to see major artists throw down in the club, on 106th & Park or outside the corner store to a decent 06-07 era soundtrack, rent this game. Im gonna buy it used if I find it. I read these bad reviews, they made me laugh. Its not Def Calibur V, dont set the bar so high.
it is not like the original def jams if you can remember them, i got lost if its fighting or if its about learning how to become some famous producer of music artist, and everything you do is the same even the way you fight! your characters fighting style remains the same the only thing you unlock is the songs of characters. The dj system is hard to get used to because it does nothing for you but interact with the background and all the computer does is block all the time. Also if the song your using for your fight song it would end and you cant activate any of the environment traps. All in all if they would have kept the old def jam style the game would have been better!