Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover

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Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover
Def Jam Fight for New York.jpg
Developer(s) AKI Corporation
EA Canada
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
  • NA: August 29, 2006
  • EU: September 1, 2006
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover is a fighting video game for the PlayStation Portable. The game is a port of Def Jam: Fight for NY. In addition to nearly all of the features seen in the original game, The Takeover includes new dirty moves, four new venues, and 68 playable characters.


The game's story is a prequel to the events of Def Jam Vendetta. However, the game uses many of the same situations and characters from Fight for NY, which is the third game in the series, chronologically. The player is still a nameless up-and-coming young street fighter brought into the world of underground street fighting after rescuing one of the game's personalities from trouble with the police. However, instead of D-Mob being freed from police custody, like in Fight for NY, it is tattoo artist Manny who is saved from corrupt police officers. Manny takes the player to gang leader O.G., who becomes his "mentor", who instructs him in how to fight to gain control of (take over) the five boroughs of New York City. Eventually, O.G. is murdered by Crow, leaving D-Mob to step in and use the player as his number one fighter. Ultimately, it is revealed that D-Mob was using the player to take over the five boroughs, controlling New York City's underground, and that he was going to leave the player to take the fall, leading the police to his exact whereabouts. After defeating D-Mob in the story's final battle, a one-on-one fight at the 125th Street Subway Station, the player decides to leave the underground fight scene for good. It is safe to say that, since this is a prequel story, D-Mob recovers from the fight and, with nobody in New York to stop him, builds his empire that is seen in Vendetta.

Character creation is still the same as Fight for NY. Just like in the original, only male characters can be created. You still create your character using the same type of police sketch-artist system. A new addition is choosing your character's home town from one of the five boroughs of New York City. From there, the game flows similarly to Fight for NY, featuring many of the same fighting arenas and shops with which to upgrade your character's clothing, jewelry, hair, and fighting moves.

The story is no longer told through fully voiced cutscenes. For The Takeover, the story progresses through text and messages received on your character's Sidekick.

Also, since the game uses many of the graphical assets seen in 2004's Fight for NY, it does not reflect physical changes seen in some of the celebrities featured in the game. For example, Busta Rhymes, in the role of Magic, still has his dreadlock hairstyle, which he cut in late 2005. Also, Ludacris still has his cornrow hairstyle, which he would cut in the summer of 2006.


Gameplay remains largely similar to Fight for NY. The player bases their character's fighting style from among a pool of five different fighting styles.


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 79/100[1]
Review scores
Publication Score
EGM 5.67/10[2]
Eurogamer 7/10[3]
Game Informer 8/10[4]
GameSpot 8/10[5]
GameSpy 4/5 stars[6]
GameTrailers 8.1/10[7]
GameZone 8.5/10[8]
IGN 8.1/10[9]
PSM 8/10[10]
X-Play 4/5 stars[11]

The game received "favorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover Critic Reviews for PSP". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  2. ^ EGM Staff (July 2006). "Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover". Electronic Gaming Monthly (205): 93. 
  3. ^ Martin, Matt (2006-11-18). "Def Jam: Fight for New York - The Takeover Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  4. ^ Helgeson, Matt (August 2006). "Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover". Game Informer (160): 93. 
  5. ^ Navarro, Alex (2006-08-29). "Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  6. ^ Chapman, David (2006-09-05). "GameSpy: Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover". GameSpy. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  7. ^ "Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover Review". GameTrailers. September 13, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-04-15. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  8. ^ Bedigian, Louis (2006-08-31). "Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  9. ^ Castro, Juan (2006-08-25). "Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover Review". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  10. ^ "Review: Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover". PSM: 78. November 2006. 
  11. ^ D'Aprile, Jason (2006-10-10). "Def Jam Fight For New York [sic]: The Takeover". X-Play. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 

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