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Def Jam Rapstar

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Genre: Rhythm
Publisher: Konami
Developer: 4mm Games
Release Date: Oct. 5, 2010 (US), Nov. 5, 2010 (EU)

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'Def Jam Rapstar' (ALL) Developer Opens Up Office In The UK

by Rainier on May 6, 2010 @ 8:14 a.m. PDT

Def Jam Rapstar delivers players a hip-hop experience that allows you to not only take on the role of a rap star so you can rhyme and sing along with the greatest hip-hop tracks, but also the opportunities to create all new rhymes, sharing your creativity and expressing yourself to the wider community.

Def Jam Rapstar captures the essence of what Hip Hop is all about:  the music, the battles and of course...the swagger.     

The ultimate emcee experience for video game consoles, Def Jam Rapstar is the only music game that focuses exclusively on Hip Hop. With more than 40 of the greatest Hip Hop songs available at release, including region specific music for the UK and Europe, Def Jam Rapstar allows you to be the star: by rhyming, using your console camera, and uploading your video to the fully integrated Def Jam Rapstar community at the official website. Def Jam Rapstar also offers you the ability to freestyle over tracks by some of the hottest hip hop producers and upload your freestyle performances for the world to decide how good you really are.

Located in the heart of London’s West End, the 4mm Games office will initially focus on the sales and marketing for its upcoming title Def Jam Rapstar, as well as playing a broader part in the company’s long-term commitment to the European territory.

“4mm’s vision is of a world where people can play games together, constantly, everywhere. We deliver on this vision through our Constantly Connected Gaming™ platform and by being closer to our players,” said Nick Perrett, CEO of 4mm Games. “A London office is key to us being better able to serve our European customers, wherever they are.”

One of 4mm Games’ first orders of business was to appoint industry veteran Geoff Heath OBE, to its Advisory Board. Recently named OBE for service to the videogames industry, Mr. Heath has over 30 years of videogame experience that includes establishing Activision’s European presence, founding Mindscape in Europe, to more recently serving as CEO for NC Soft Europe. Geoff will be lending his expertise in helping 4mm establish their presence in the European market, as well as providing wider strategic input.

”In my career in the video games industry, I have rarely come across such a passionate, creative and talented management team as the guys at 4mm,” stated Mr. Heath. “I am thrilled to be a part of their future success and use the great things I’ve learned over the years to support them in becoming the major global player I know they are destined to be.”

Initial confirmed Def Jam Rapstar gameplay tracks include:

2 PacI Get Around
50 CentI Get Money
Dr. Dre featuring Snoop DoggNuthin' But a "G" Thang
Kanye West featuring Jamie FoxxGold Digger
Lil' WayneA Milli
Notorius B.I.G.Juicy
Slick RickChildren's Story
T.I. featuring RihannaLive Your Life
Wu Tang ClanC.R.E.A.M.
Young Jeezy featuring Kanye WestPut On

Key Features:

  • Def Jam Rapstar is the first music game fully dedicated to Hip Hop
  • With over 40 songs spanning the history of Hip Hop, Def Jam Rapstar offers a diverse track list with some of the biggest songs in Hip Hop from all music labels
  • Unlike most other microphone-based games, Def Jam Rapstar features custom, proprietary voice recognition technology that judge’s lyrical accuracy. In addition to lyrical accuracy, Def Jam Rapstar also measures players pitch and timing to provide your complete score in real time
  • Utilizing the Xbox Live Vision camera or PlayStation Eye, Def Jam Rapstar allows you to create a video of the performance starring yourself, edit, and then upload to, a fully integrated online community where players can share their videos with the world to gain global recognition and become a bona fide rapstar!
  • Freestyle mode allows MC’s in the making to kick your own lyrics over well-known producer’s beats, offering a chance to show and prove that you have what it takes
  • Battle Mode allows you to compete locally head-to-head for the highest score, and Duet mode, where both players sing and rap together to achieve the highest combined score on any given song
  • Compatible with all 3rd party microphones on the market

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