A fighting shtick that relies on music seems like it should be corny, right? Yet Electronic Arts has managed to squeeze an extremely enjoyable experience out of Def Jam: Icon. Music never seemed so devastating, until now. Blowing up the environment and knocking your opponent witless while staying on-beat to the music is nothing short of entertaining. Especially when the music comes from your own custom playlist.

Unlike the standard EA Trax that infiltrate majority of Electronic Arts games, Def Jam: Icon will have its playlist, but also allow for players to import songs of their choice with the custom soundtrack option. I can almost taste victory while beating an opponent into a pulp, with Dolly Parton’s “I will always love you” blaring triumphantly in the background. Now that’s how hip-hop fighting needs to go down, always!

This new trailer recently released by EA, gives gamers some inside details on how to manipulate custom soundtracks to the beat of the music. What’s more, though, is that if you’re a DJ with your own tunes to boot, Def Jam: Icon could prove to be a whole other way to explore and distribute your music while battling opponents online. And even better yet, Def Jam isn’t a fighting game that's skill-dependent on fighting veterans, but rather the game shows great favor towards music enthusiasts who know how to keep the rhythm flowing. As much as this game plays on the cliches of hip-hop, I’m tempted to say that this is a much more ambitious take on the fighting genre than both Virtua Fighter 5 and Tekken 6.

But enough blabber; you came to see some people employ fisticuffs to cool music, so here you go. Enjoy.





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