Def Jam Rapstar
|Def Jam Rapstar|
|Genre(s)||Music, Simulation, Rap|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Competitive multi-player, Cooperative modes|
|Distribution||DVD-DL, Wii Optical Disc, Blu-ray Disc|
Def Jam Rapstar is a rapping game developed by 4mm Games. The game was released on October 5, 2010 in the United States of America (U.S.), and released on November 26, 2010 in Europe. An official launch event was held at New York's Hudson hotel on October 6, 2010 to celebrate the game's U.S. release. As of October 5, 2011, the community site has been shut down with no official word on when or if it will be reopened, causing major features of the game to be inaccessible.
Rapstar is essentially a rap themed karaoke game. The game uses radio versions of all its tracks to secure a T rating by the ESRB. Players are not penalized for cursing, but it is not a required part of the game.
There are two modes, either Career or Party modes. The Career mode is in five stages. Each stage has eight tracks for the player to master, including a New Song Challenge which is unlocked as the player progresses through the stage. The Party mode allows players to simply pick an individual song and perform it.
This game is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii with the possibility of more features and sound tracks.
The following videos are included with the game. (Note, "Brass Monkey" is audio only.) All tracks are also playable in Party Mode.
The US Edition also features the following tracks, in Career Mode (which can also be played in Party Mode.) See below, for the regional variations on the game.
|US||"Can't Truss It"||Public Enemy||Y||Y|
|US||"Children's Story"||Slick Rick||Y||Y|
|US||"Crush on You"||Lil' Kim||Y||Y|
|US||"Da Rockwilder"||Method Man & Redman||Y||Y|
|US||"It Was a Good Day"||Ice Cube||Y||Y|
|US||"It's Goin' Down"||Yung Joc||Y||Y|
|US||"Put On"||Young Jeezy||Y||Y|
|US||"Still Not a Player"||Big Punisher||Y||Y|
|US||"We Takin' Over"||DJ Khaled||Y||Y|
There are five videos exclusive to the Party Mode on PS3 and Xbox 360. Note, these videos are not included on the Wii version.
|N/A||"Always On Time"||Ja Rule||Y||N/A|
|N/A||"Ruff Ryders Anthem"||DMX||Y||N/A|
|N/A||"They Reminisce Over You"||Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth||Y||N/A|
New Song Challenges
The following tracks are unlocked at the end of each stage in Career Mode.
|1||"Fight the Power"||Public Enemy||Y||Y|
|2||"Big Poppa"||The Notorious B.I.G.||Y||Y|
|3||"Lean Back"||Terror Squad||Y||Y|
|4||"It Takes Two"||Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock||Y||Y|
|5||"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See"||Busta Rhymes||Y||Y|
The UK version of the game replaces the videos Can't Truss It, Children's Story, Crush on You, Da Rockwilder, It Was A Good Day, It's Goin' Down, Put On, Slow Jamz, Still Not A Player & We Takin' Over with UK exclusive videos by UK grime artists.
|1||"Fix Up, Look Sharp"||Dizzee Rascal|
|1||"Number 1"||Tinchy Stryder|
|2||"I Need You"||N-Dubz|
|4||"Pass Out"||Tinie Tempah|
|4||"Witness (1 Hope)"||Roots Manuva|
|5||"21 Seconds"||So Solid Crew|
|5||"Chip Diddy Chip"||Chipmunk|
There are also regional variations of the tracklist in France and Germany.
The German version replaces some tracks with:
- Absolute Beginner - "Hammerhart"
- Azad - "Prison Break Anthem"
- Curse - "Und Was Ist Jetzt"
- Das Bo - "Türlich Türlich"
- Deichkind - "Bon Voyage"
- Kool Savas - "Futurama"
- Peter Fox - "Schwarz Zu Blau"
The French edition contains:
- Disiz la Peste - "Jpete Les Plombs"
- Kery James - "Banlieusards"
- Ness Beal - "Rap de Tess"
- NTM featuring Lord Ko - "Ma Benz"
- Oxmo Puccino - "Mama Love"
- Psy 4 De La Rime - "Le Monde Est Stone"
- Sefyu - "Molotov 4"
The following tracks could be downloaded for the game at one time, but have since been removed due to a legal dispute with music publisher, EMI. Content could never be downloaded for the Wii version of the game.
The title received lukewarm reviews. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions have a score of 74 & 75 on Metacritic. IGN scored the title a 7.5 out of 10 rating. They really praised the party aspect of the title as well as online features, but criticized the censorship of swear words. Gamespot gave the title a 7.5 out of 10 rating. They praised the songs, video editing tools, intriguing community web site and the creativity of the freestyle mode but criticized phrase-mapping issues and the uselessness of the bouncing ball. Eurogamer awarded the title with a 7 out of 10 rating. Stating that it isn't a game for everyone but those who find interest should find enjoyment. Gametrailers gave the title a 7 out of 10 rating. Calling it a solid singing game. Gameinformer scored the title a 7.75 out of 10 rating. Stating that it offers enough to be different from other karaoke games on the market. Giant Bomb gave the title a 4 out of 5 star rating. They praised the freestyle mode and all that comes within it. They also stated that hip-hop fans would really enjoy this title.
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- As quoted in Xav de Matos, "Overheard@E3: Get off that mic, Rapstar!," Joystiq (Jun 4th 2009).
- Announced in the official Def Jam Rapstar newsletter ""
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