Def Jam Rapstar

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Def Jam Rapstar
Def Jam Rapstar Game Cover.jpg
Developer(s) 4mm Games
Publisher(s) Konami[1]
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii
Release PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • NA: October 5, 2010 [2]
  • EU: November 26, 2010
  • AU: February 10, 2011
  • NA: October 5, 2010
  • EU: November 26, 2010[3]
Genre(s) Music, Simulation
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Def Jam Rapstar is a rapping game developed by Terminal Reality.[4] The game was released on October 5, 2010 in the United States of America (U.S.), and released on November 26, 2010 in Europe.[5][6] An official launch event was held at New York's Hudson hotel on October 6, 2010 to celebrate the game's U.S. release.[7] 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.[8] 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.[8]

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.

The Xbox 360 version is compatible with the Kinect sensor if you live in North America, specifically with the sensor being used as an alternative to the Xbox Live Vision camera.

The PS3 version is compatible with the PlayStation Eye Camera.


Executive Vice President Paul Coyne of 4mm Games, said, "Internally, we used [Get On Da Mic] as the architectural model of how not to do" Def Jam Rapstar.[9][10]

This game is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii with the possibility of more features and sound tracks.


Review scores
PS3WiiXbox 360
Game Informer7.75/10[12]N/AN/A
Game RevolutionB−[13]N/AB−[13]
Giant Bomb4/5 stars[18]N/A4/5 stars[18]
OXM (US)N/AN/A7/10[21]
The GuardianN/AN/A4/5 stars[22]
Aggregate scores

The PlayStation 3 version received "generally favorable reviews", while the Xbox 360 and Wii versions received "mixed or average reviews" according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[26][27][28]

The Guardian gave the Xbox 360 version four stars out of five and called it "an absolute must. If you've found yourself mouthing the words to A Milli on the tube, there's a huge amount of fun to be had here. And while it doesn't have the universal appeal of its more mainstream counterparts, the potential of its online feature means it could well become a huge sleeper success."[22]

IGN gave the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game a 7.5 out of 10. They praised the scoring accuracy and the features, but criticized the censorship in the songs as the game went for a "Teen" rating.

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  1. ^ Yeoung, Karlie (2010-04-09). "Konami Brings Def Jam Rapstar To Wii". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
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  4. ^ Nardozzi, Dale (2009-06-03). "Def Jam Rapstar Hands-On Preview (Xbox 360)". Team Xbox. Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  5. ^ (2010-11-26) "MAKE THE WORLD YOUR STAGE WITH DEF JAM RAPSTAR", Gamasutra. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  6. ^ Hester, Larry (2010-02-22). "Official Def Jam Rapstar newsletter". 4mm Games. Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  7. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar Video Game Launch Event Photos! Celebrities and Tastemakers Celebrate in NYC!". 2010-10-07. 
  8. ^ a b Tolito, Stephen (June 19, 2010). "Curses Don't Count, But Courage Does In The Next Rap Game". Kotaku. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ As quoted in Xav de Matos, "Overheard@E3: Get off that mic, Rapstar!," Joystiq (Jun 4th 2009).
  10. ^ Announced in the official Def Jam Rapstar newsletter "[1] Archived 2009-06-05 at the Wayback Machine."
  11. ^ Parkin, Simon (2010-11-24). "Def Jam Rapstar Review (Xbox 360)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  12. ^ Gonzalez, Annette (2010-10-14). "Def Jam Rapstar (PS3)". Game Informer. 
  13. ^ a b Morse, Blake (2010-11-11). "Def Jam Rapstar Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  14. ^ a b Watters, Chris (2010-10-10). "Def Jam Rapstar Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  15. ^ Watters, Chris (2010-12-17). "Def Jam Rapstar Review (Wii)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  16. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar Review (X360)". GameTrailers. October 20, 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  17. ^ a b Workman, Robert (2010-10-13). "Def Jam Rapstar review". GameZone. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  18. ^ a b Gerstmann, Jeff (2010-10-07). "Def Jam Rapstar Review". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  19. ^ a b DeVries, Jack (2010-10-07). "Def Jam Rapstar Review (PS3, X360)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  20. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar". Official Nintendo Magazine. December 2010. 
  21. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar". Official Xbox Magazine. December 25, 2010. 
  22. ^ a b Arnott, Jack (2010-11-25). "Def Jam Rapstar - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  23. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  24. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar for Wii". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  25. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  26. ^ a b "Def Jam Rapstar Critic Reviews for PlayStation 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  27. ^ a b "Def Jam Rapstar for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  28. ^ a b "Def Jam Rapstar Critic Reviews for Xbox 360". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 

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