List of Def Jam Video Games and Stats (2023)
Last Updated on: January 1st, 2021
The Def Jam game franchise is a series of fighting games that focus on rap and hip-hop culture, developed by various studios and published by Electronic Arts. The games feature real-life rappers as playable characters, along with original characters, and incorporate elements of music and urban culture into the gameplay.
The first game in the series, Def Jam Vendetta, was released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube. It was developed by AKI Corporation and featured a story mode where players created their own character and competed in a series of underground fights to rise up the ranks of the Def Jam circuit.
The sequel, Def Jam: Fight for NY, was released in 2004 and expanded on the first game’s formula by adding more characters, a branching story mode with multiple endings, and a more robust fighting system. It was developed by EA Canada and AKI Corporation.
Def Jam: Icon, the third and final game in the main series, was released in 2007 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It was developed by EA Chicago and featured a new gameplay mechanic where players could manipulate the environment and music to affect the outcome of fights.
In addition to the main series, there have been several spin-off games, including Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover for the PSP, and Def Jam Rapstar, a karaoke game that features hip-hop tracks. While there has not been a new entry in the series since 2007, the franchise still holds a devoted fanbase and is often cited as a classic example of merging music culture with gaming.
Def Jam Video Games:
Here is our enormous collection of video games from the Def Jam franchise and detailed information on each. As always, new games are added to this collection regularly.
Click on a game listing to find out much more about it.