PSP, ReviewsJoel SzerlipDef Jam

Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover

PSP, ReviewsJoel SzerlipDef Jam


It has been a common trend since the conception of the PSP that developers would port their console franchises to the handheld, rather than create wholly original titles. Thus far many have done well, but there really haven’t been any major accomplishments with this sort of transition. Today however we are going to check out a game that really seems like it makes sense to bring to the portable console, and that is the latest Def Jam game entitled Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover. So how does this PSP game turn out? Read our full review to find out!


I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from Def Jam Fight for NY, as the console version was such a success I was really intrigued to see how the developers were going to translate those onto the PSP. Well I am very happy to report that all of the features and characters that were in the console version are all alive and well on the PSP. As many of you know there are five different fighting categories, and even in those categories all of the fighters have really different styles, which give us a lot of variety.

One of the changes that the developers have done to make this game compatible on the PSP was change the controls. Basically what they did was make the controls a bit more simplistic to make them flow a bit better on the PSP. They have made great use of the shoulder buttons, which control switching from heavy to light attacks as well as being able to counter attacks as well. The controls work really well and you will get better at it as you go along.

The fighting in the game is still just as good as we saw on the consoles, and in some respects is actually more enjoyable now. This is by far the best all around playing fighting game the PSP has seen thus far, mainly because of the great variety that this game brings to the table. The fighting has translated so well on the PSP, keeping the same sort of light hearted and entertaining fighting of the console version.

I have to say that the overall experience of Def Jam Fight for NY on the PSP is just a great all around experience. The game does have one glaring issue in its multiplayer, which has no online play and a somewhat lackluster Ad-Hoc feature. It would have been really nice to see online play for the PSP, as that would have really taken this game over the top. To me with that feature not appearing in the final version, this is still a very good playing game. For fans wanting to take the Def Jam series on the road this game is just such a solid choice.


Visually we have seen some really good ports from consoles to the PSP and then some extremely poor ports. Def Jam Fight for NY is really a good port onto the PSP, and brings the same sort of character that it had on the consoles. One thing that does sort of drag down the visual experience is the load times, which could definitely have used some shortening as they do have a tendency to mess with the pace a bit. Visually the game is just good all around and makes for just a good solid looking game.

Fun Factor

I was really pleasantly surprised with how well the port from the consoles to the PSP ended up turning out. Def Jam Fight for NY has all of the great features from the PSP, and still manages to play as well as this game does. In fact, one of the great reasons why this game was so great to begin with was the variety. In fact, Def Jam Fight for NY actually makes for a great portable game because just picking up this game and playing is what this game is all about.


The PSP has not had the greatest start of any handheld out there, but it is a game like Def Jam Fight for NY that can help take the platform further. This is a game that manages to be quite successful on the PSP, and makes a very good case of being worth a purchase. If you like the series or are a fan of fighting games, then you should definitely think about picking up Def Jam Fight for NY.

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