Def Jam Rapstar 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 9.0
Value 8.0
Distributor: Mindscape
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
December 2010
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

8.2


Def Jam Rapstar

With over 40 Rap and Hip Hop tracks, Def Jam Rapstar is the ultimate non-mainstream music "karaoke" game for the XBox 360 that not only contains an impressive track listing but has a few inspiring non "Singstar" tricks up its sleeves. Although it has a similar premise to other music games, Def Jam Rapstar takes your performances to the next level, provided you have a camera with the ability to record your singing/performances and even upload them to the Def Jam Rapstar community for others to see you. Before you buy the game, I strongly suggest you check out some of these home-made music videos because by Snoop Doggy... there are some classics!

Unlike Singstar and other music games, Def Jam Rapstar monitors your singing a little differently. Although it monitors your timing and pitch, for rap songs, it monitors how you say the words which is highlighted by a bouncing ball. It does take a little time getting use to but at the end of the day, it works quite well. Needless to say, some of the tracks are quite difficult to master due to the almost tongue twister inspired lyrics. Nonetheless it can be a singing workout at times!

By singing correctly with the lyrics displayed on screen, you are awarded points and if you continue doing well, there is even a multiplier that boosts your score. Very cool. There is even a career mode which is great for practicing and my favourite, the Freestyle mode that allow you to create your own "music" masterpieces and once again, check out the online community.

Featuring a variety of gameplay modes from single to two player and party, Def Jam Rapstar has a mode for almost every occasion. Of course most music games come into their own with other people around. The two-player mode allows you to sing as either a duet or a battle which is actually quite fun, especially battle which is almost like a sing off. Party is another entertaining mode for a night in with your friends and a few beers as you rap and hip hop to your hearts content.

As mentioned, the game also records your performance, provided you have an XBox Live Vision camera and once your song is finished, you can watch the video and decide whether you would like this uploaded. You can even do some basic special effects as well that almost acts like a video editing software package. It should be noted that you can only post up to 30 seconds of your music video which is understandably, given the size of the video.

However the star of this game are the songs that include favourites such as the Beastie Boys, Lil Kim, Outkast and Rob Base. The audio quality is perfect and sounds phenomenal through a surround sound setup. Then you have the graphics which are equally as impressive and boasts a relatively easy to use interface and menu system, especially when your editing the effects. Definitely a prerequisite to have a FULL HD TV.

Def Jam Rapster Track Listing

Artist

Title

2 Pac

I Get Around

50 Cent

I Get Money

Beastie Boys

Brass Monkey

Big Pun

Still Not a Player

Biz Markie

Just a Friend

Busta Rhymes

Put Your Hands

DJ Khaled

We Takin Over

DMX

Ruff Ryders Anthem

Dr. Dre

Nuthin But a G Thang

Drake

Best I Ever Had

Ice Cube

Today Was a Good Day

Ja Rule ft. Ashanti

Always On Time

Jim Jones

We Fly High

Kanye West

Golddigger

Kanye West

Stronger

Lil Jon

Get Low

Lil Kim

Crush On You

Lil Wayne

A Milli

LL Cool J

Mama Said Knock You Out

Ludacris

Stand Up

Method Man & Redman

Da Rocwilder

Method Man ft. Mary J Blige

All I Need (Remix)

Nas

Hate Me Now

Nelly

Hot In Herre

Notorious B.I.G.

Juicy

Notorious B.I.G.

Big Poppa

Onyx

Slam

Outkast

So Fresh So Clean

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

T.R.O.Y.

Public Enemy

Fight the Power

Public Enemy

Can't Truss It

Puff Daddy / P. Diddy

All About the Benjamins

Rob Base

It Takes Two

Run D.M.C.

Run's House

Salt n Pepa

Push It

Slick Rick

Children's Story

Snoop Dogg

Gin & Juice

Soulja Boy

Turn My Swag On

T.I.

Live Your Life

Terror Squad feat. Fat Joe & Remy Martin

Lean Back

Tribe Called Quest

Scenario

Twista

Slow Jamz

Wu Tang

C.R.E.A.M.

Young Jeezy

Put On

Young Joc

Its Goin' Down

In conclusion, Def Jam Rapstar is a fun game and if you are into rap and hip hop, than this is a must have karaoke game. It's great that the developers have jumped on the social media bandwagon because it does create a solid community behind the game. Even if you don't want to use this online, it's still a great music game for the XBox 360 thanks to its tracklisting and sturdy gameplay. This is not your stock standard Singstar game but something left out of centre!






 
 



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