First Impressions -- Def Jam: Icon

From IGN.com: "We like where they're going with this."

That's the first thing that came to mind when the guys from EA Chicago, namely Fight Night's Kudo Tsunoda, showed off his team's next big project, Def Jam: Icon. Though it's still early in production, Icon takes an approach to the fighting genre that we've never seen before... or more specifically, heard.

Developed from the ground up using bits and pieces of the Fight Night engine, Icon does away with Aki's old influence and mechanics to create something new. EA Chicago is big on using the analog sticks, after all, so most of the game's control stems from the idea of using those. But before we get into that, let's talk a bit about Def Jam's most unique feature -- its treatment of music and how it relates to the in-match action.

You see, rather than just use the musical score as a supplement to the foreground it actually influences every aspect of the contest. As hip-hop blares over the speakers, a built-in equalizer detects its beats and rhythms, which then forces the entire environment to move along with it. And when we say "entire environment," we mean it. In the demo we were given, for example, recording artists Big Boi and Ludacris were throwing down to the backdrop of a gas station in the middle of a sprawling urban city. But as the music thumped over our 7.1 system, the buildings, cars, people, and every other object bounced along in tempo..."

Antan6338d ago

looks interesting at best !!!

USMChardcharger6338d ago

i am not too interested in this game (just too many other games coming out @ this point that i want).

but i would like to comment that Fight Night's Kudo Tsunoda is the only guy @ EA that is not going half a$$, imo.

FKN Unbelievable6338d ago

And this topic is about three months old cause the video has been demostrated.


Will We Ever See A New Def Jam Game?

The Def Jam game series has been laying dormant for over a decade at this point, but could we ever see a revival of some kind?

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gamingtext20201019d ago

Interesting article, but I hope we don't.

UnSelf1018d ago

Tell em. We need a Viewtiful Joe 3

DarXyde1018d ago


Fight for New York was awesome.

Icon was pretty bad, but I'll give them some benefit because they tried to do something new. A direct sequel to FFNY would be grand, though in the era of microtransactions and EA being who they are now, one should tread carefully about that fantasy.

gamingtext20201018d ago

I hear you, but the rappers nowadays are completely lame and corny when compared to the rappers from FFNY.

I rather take a remake from the game than a sequel.

DarXyde1018d ago

You'll get no disagreement from me there.

For some reason, I hadn't considered that there would be modern rappers. Christ.
On the other hand, I wouldn't be mad if they added more Wutang members so I can "torture" Tekashi69. :D

Beastgamerkuma1019d ago

we definitely need it to return, but nothing like Icon since that was trash. The mechanics of Def Jam fight for NY and Vendetta was still great til this day.

boing11018d ago

Oh man, remake of Fight for NY would be awesome.

Silly gameAr1018d ago

I hope so. Just go back to the Fight for New York style, and forget Icon ever happened.

King_Noctis1018d ago

Man I used to really love DJ Fight for NY and DJ Icon back in the day. I hope someone (not EA) can revive this franchise.

King_Noctis1018d ago (Edited 1018d ago )

Icon sucks, I admit. But I used to love the DJ games so much that I was willing to accept any game thrown in my way.