Def Jam Vendetta
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8  |  DefJam Vendetta Review (GameCube)
Raindog , 4/8/2003 5:06:11 AM

Pinned! (pic) Ladies and Gentleman...  Get ready for some face smashing, neck twisting, elbow-wrenching, knee breaking, mean street butt kicking!!

DefJam Vendetta brings wresting games to a new level. The graphics are insane, the levels (worlds) swallow you up and spit you out.  That is, if you don’t have what it takes to bust the chops of some of the rap's super stars.  Vendetta features DMX, Method Man, Redman and Ludacris just to name a few (44 characters in all). Each player has a Cadillac size bag of tricks up his sleeve. From kicks and punches, to choke holds and submissions moves - and if you feeling a bit cocky, bring on the taunts. 

The more pain you bring, and the more the crowd gets into your massive display of power the faster your momentum bar will max out, releasing your signature move. But watch out, no matter how much you're crushing your opponent, if you let up just a little bit, a couple of lucky kicks by your opponent could mean it's all over - think Rocky vs. Clubber Lang.

Powering Up for the Super Move is a real adrenaline rush.

There are three game modes: Battle, Story and Survival. In Battle mode, up to four players can enter the ring, leaving brain and brawn to determine the winner. The cool thing about this mode is that you get cold hard cash for punishing your opponents.  That cash can be used for character improvements in the story mode. Story gives you the opportunity to bust some heads while making a name for yourself. Fight your way through some chumps, and open to door to some big money opponents. The more cash you get, the more attributes you can buy, and the more you buy, the better you fight, the better you fight, the more women you have fighting over you. You're graded after each fight, and beating your opponent usually unlocks other characters and stages. I love the way this game mixes things up - it's not always the routine mano-a-mano fight.  Sometimes you're tagging it with a partner, and sometimes you have to assume the identity of your present girlfriend and ward off other invading female foes. Kick some butt with a lady and you're awarded a sexy picture gallery of her. Last but not least, there's survival mode - go face to face against only the opponents you have unlocked in story mode...  Are you bad enough to whoop 'em again? 

The moves in this game are fairly simple to accomplish, and lethal when mastered.  The tunes are killer, with a mix of classic DefJam recordings and fresh new bass blastin’ beats. Over all, I have to give this game an 8/10.  I'd give it a ten, but after all, it is still a wrestling game - and to a one-time Hulk-A-Maniac no wrestling game is complete without the Hulkster.


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