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Def Jam: Fight For New York is possibly the one of the strangest video games of all time. It's also one of the most-loved by a surprising number of devoted fans.
Bursting with that indefinable early 00's flavour, the EA published brawler was developed in collaboration with the iconic Def Jam Recordings, and saw the likes of Snoop Dogg, Flavor Flav, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and Sean Paul fighting your own player-made character in a story about rising through the underground New York fighting circuit. Why? It was the 00s, that's why.
Refresh your memory with the game's outstanding into cutscene below:
Despite the fact there hasn't been a new Def Jam fighting game since 2007, and despite the fact that last one was shite, fans have never quite given up hope of seeing the strange franchise return one last time.
Over on Twitter, Mortal Kombat and Injustice creator Ed Boon recently asked fans which franchise they'd like to see return: Def Jam, Killer Instinct, Primal Rage, or Virtua Fighter. Def Jam is the clear winner at the time of writing, with with nearly half of all votes. There are 11 hours left on the poll if you really wanna go and cast your vote, but I can't see the other three pulling ahead.
Just take a look at how excited fans got at the idea of a NetherRealm-developed Def Jam game - it wasn't long before "Def Jam" actually started trending on Twitter!
Def Jam Recordings actually teased a new game last year, promising on Twitter that they'd announce something very special if they hit 1 million followers. This never happened, sadly, but it's a clear indication that the world hasn't forgotten about Def Jam: Fight For New York. Let's keep the dream alive, guys.
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