Def Jam: Fight for NY

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Def Jam: Fight for NY
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: C (Violence)
ESRB rating: M (Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence)
PEGI rating: 18+ (Violence)
OFLC rating: MA (High Level Animated Violence, Coarse Language)
GRB rating: 18
Game supports multi-tap
Widescreen patch available
Hardware rendering is supported
Supports up to four local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-52507 & SLUS-21004 & SLUS-21004GH & SLUS-29108
Japanese: SLPM-65907 & SLPM-66463 & SLPM-55078
French: SLES-52507
Korean: SLKA-25230
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21004
SLUS-21004GH (Greatest Hits)
SLUS-29108 (Demo)
Release date: September 20, 2004
2005 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 4538436F
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-52507
Release date: October 1, 2004
CRCs: 873F8ED6
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLKA-25230 (Korea)
SLPM-66463 (EA Best Hits)
SLPM-55078 (EA:SY! 1980)
Release date: November 16, 2004 (Korea)
February 24, 2005
June 29, 2006 (EA Best Hits)
September 18, 2008 (EA:SY! 1980)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Aki Corp.
Publisher(s): EA Games (US, JP), Electronic Arts (EU, US)
Genre: Action, Fighting
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic83/100, IGN8.7/10, GameSpot8.7/10, Eurogamer6/10
Game description: Def Jam Fight for NY takes the battle for hip-hop domination into the fighting ring. More than 35 hip-hop artists and personalities--including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil' Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Sean Paul, Slick Rick, and Snoop Dogg--face off in brutal wrestling matches. In the ring and on the streets, you'll join the battle as a New York City street fighter. The game challenges you to develop your own fighting style and seize control of the hip-hop underworld.
The gameplay is expanded from the original game, which was primarily a wrestling game. Fighters can choose one, two, or three of five fighting styles. The game's story mode follows the narrative of an unknown fighter, created by the player, who is fighting his way through the New York Underground. Winning matches rewards the player with cash, which can be used in shops to buy clothes which include famous clothes lines such as Reebok, Phat Farm, Air Jordan, and even rapper Sean Comb's clothes line, Sean John and many other clothes lines. As well as clothes, the fighter can get haircuts, tattoos, and jewelry from Jacob "The Jeweler" Arabo, as well as Development points, which can be used at the local gym, run by Henry Rollins, to increase the character's skills, or to purchase and set up new Blazin' Moves and up to two additional fighting styles.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
PAL-M (?) ?
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 4300 @ 1.8 GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD 4350 512 MB Overclock
0.9.6 GSdx 1.1.5
  • ?
  • ?
crashes into the load screen to the ingame
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 OC @ 3.6 GHz
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 260
r3113 GSdx r3068 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X r3117 1.4.0
  • LilyPad r2930 0.10.0
Works surprisingly good with newest beta. Sev7en77
NTSC-U Windows 10
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @ 3.6 GHz
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super
1.6.0 GSdx 1.20
  • SPU2-X 2.20
  • LilyPad svn (r5875) 0.11.0
60 FPS Most times. Some very minor framerate drops depending on what attacks or actions are happening on screen. Must have MVT-U disabled otherwise game will crash at startup. Completed game at custom res of 1920x1080 and 2x AA F0rmald3hyde
NTSC-U Windows 10 Home, x64
  • Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz
  • PALIT GeForce GT 1030 @ 2 GB
Nightly - v1.7.2095 GSdx build-in Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), Perfect, The game runs at 100% at 1440p (2K) 60 FPS, with a widescreen patch and had no issues with the game.

Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Fedora 29
  • Intel Core i5-760 @ 3.8 GHz
  • AMD R9 280x (Mesa 18.2.6)
1.4.0 libGSdx-1.0.0 SPU2-X 2.0.0 Crashes with MTVU speedhack - disable it. VU Cycle Stealing improves performance. 4-player matches were too taxing for my 2010 CPU to get above 50 FPS. Deimos94


  • Original names: デフジャム・ファイト・フォー・NY (SLPM-65907) & (SLPM-66463) & (SLPM-55078), 데프잼: 파이트 포 뉴욕 (SLKA-25230)

Known Issues

Crashing on startup with MTVU enabled

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: The game will freeze the emulator on startup with MTVU
  • Workaround: Fixed in 1.7 dev builds

Bad lighting

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The game's lighting is somewhat squared and pops out of characters.
  • Workaround: Use skipdraw to remove post-processing layers 1-17.

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