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Def Jam Rapstar

Def Jam: Rapstar (Game Only) | £8.11 | Amazon | PS3

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Tom Silkstone
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Deals
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Def Jam Rapstar, Games deals, Music games, PS3 games
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Def Jam Rapstar

If you like rhyming out a load of rap lyrics in your bedroom when nobody's listening in, or maybe you like to belt it out for all the world to hear, then why not grab a copy of Def Jam: Rapstar and put on a show in your living room. The game features a fair few tracks including "Stand Up" by Ludacris, "Gin & Juice" by Snoop Dogg, and "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J. If you head on over to Amazon you can buy a PS3 copy of the game for £8.11, which'll save you over £3.50 on the next best offer coming in from ShopTo.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Music/Rhythm

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Dance Central, Def Jam Rapstar, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Just Dance 2, Music games, Rhythm games, Rock Band 3, We Sing Encore

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Music/Rhythm

Sales suggest that the music/rhythm genre has been dying a slow and painful death over the past year or so, but that didn't stop 2010 from producing some of the finest exponents of the genre yet. Activision released arguably the best Guitar Hero since GH3, Rock Band 3 broke down the wall between gaming and being that guy at the party, and Def Jam Rapstar finally proved that it was possible to do hip-hop oriented karaoke without being a wild inaccurate pile of rubbish.

And then there was the dancing. You can refresh yourselves with one of the videos after the jump. I fear they'll be burned into my memory (and YouTube) for many many years to come.


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Def Jam Rapstar | £17.02 PS3/ £21.98 X360 | Amazon | PS3 & Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Def Jam Rapstar, Games deals, Music games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games
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Go spend your money! If you're in need... of a very good game indeed. Awful rap puns aside, Def Jam Rapstar is one of the best music games to have released last year, using unprecedented lyric recognition software to tell whether or not you're spittin' [stop it -Ed] the lyrics as well as nailing the timing. A huge range of songs and a massive online community make it a truly exceptional rap experience and something quite unlike anything else on the market. If you've already got a mike, this is the best price around by a long way.

Game Buzz 37: The Death of the Music Game

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Def Jam Rapstar, Game Buzz, Guitar Hero, Music games, Rhythm games, Rock Band, SingStar

Game-Buzz

One of my favourite summer memories from the last decade is of spending hour upon hour at the house of our news editor, doing kick jumps off of the sofa, powersliding around on the floor and headbanging until I gave myself a massive crick in the neck. Taken out of context, such actions might seem a little odd, even verging on exuberant vandalism, but seen with a plastic guitar placed firmly within my hands, suddenly these freeze-framed memories take on a new meaning.

In short, Guitar Hero gave me one of the best summers of my life.

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It was such a simple idea in retrospect - combining the awesome psychitude of rock and metal with an interface that didn't require years of practice, but still made you feel like a rock god. Living rooms were transformed into arena stages, bedrooms spawned open mic nights. Sure, there'd been music games before, god only knows how many karaoke titles and cult oddities had gone parading past, but suddenly they were cool.

Are music games finished? Click here to see what Matt reckons after the jump...

From Ms Splosion Man To The Tax Break Hiatus - News Roundup 3rd December 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bravia, Def Jam Rapstar, Games news, Ms Splosion Man, PS2, Sony, Tax Breaks, Twisted Metal, UK

UK Gaming Tax Breaks On "Hiatus"

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The games industry represents an ever-increasing proportion of our economy, with our British studios arguably representing a thriving manufacturing industry in its own right. Gordon Brown's Labour administration originally proposed to extend tax breaks to homegrown UK developers and British-based arms of larger corporations in order to promote growth and foreign investment in the industry... but the current Coalition government recently decided to shelve the plans.

Further to this news, Culture minister Ed Vaizey confirmed that he will likely put these tax breaks on a "three or four year hiatus" during yesterday's Culture Department Select Committee meeting. This essentially means that we'll probably have to wait for the next general election for the issue to be put back onto the table. [Gamespot]

We have no political bias here at Dealspwn (apart from our overt affiliation with the Mushroom Kingdom and our glorious Combine overlords), but we'd love to get your take on the situation. Have your say in the comments!

Twisted Pixel Announce Ms Splosion Man

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The quirky veterans at Twisted Pixel have announced that they're working on a sequel to XBLA hit Splosion Man. Titled Ms Splosion Man (an interesting gender issue that I'm not going to touch with a barge pole), it's set for an Autumn 2011 release.

Twisted Pixel CEO Josh Bear confirmed that there was one major difference between the new protagonist and the original adorable maniac.

"Splosion Man has a penis, Ms. Splosion Man has a vagina."

Thanks for the anatomy lesson, Josh. Luckily there will also be new gameplay elements and a fleshed out cooperative mode. TP are also working on a mysterious new franchise with ex-Harmonix dev Dan Teasdale... and would like to revisit Comic Jumper if they "can add more sexist and racist things to it." [Thanks, Joystiq]

Their latest release, Comic Jumper, had an exciting premise yet oddly delivered less innovation than we're used to from the left-field studio. We're looking forward to a return to form.

Def Jam Rapstar Offering Recording Contract To "Britain's Best New Rapper"

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Our Gamescom preview of Def Jam Rapstar highlighted the impressive social networking aspects of the title that allow aspiring rap stars to upload their videos to be rated by the community. We were informed that numerous competitions for cash prizes and event invitations would be awarded to encourage fresh UK talent... but in a surprisingly epic turn of events, Konami have teamed up with Atlantic Records UK to offer a recording contract for "Britain's Best New Rapper."

Videos are viewed and judged by the Rapstar community- and the highest rated MCs will be invited to compete in "8 Mile style" regional qualifiers. The winners will proceed to a prestigious London final- where the best rapper will receive a recording contract for his first single.

We've seen fourth-wall breaking contests and integrated community functionality before... but with continual support, Def Jam Rapstar has the potential to become something very special indeed. The competition will begin in the new year and we'll keep an eye on the brackets.

New Bravia Contains Integrated PS2

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Yo, we heard y'all like PS2. So we put one... inside your TV!

Well, on the bottom anyway. Sony has rolled out a new 22 inch Bravia television that includes built-in PS2 hardware. The BRAVIA KDL-22PX300 runs in 720p (though won't upscale), can play PS2 games, is backwards-compatible with the original Playstation... and costs £199.

This is a thing that we want.

Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th

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Matt Gardner
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New Releases
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Def Jam Rapstar, Epic Mickey, Gran Turismo 5, Hot Wheels, MegaMind, New Releases, Tron Evolution, WormsSplatterhouse
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Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Some big titles this week. Warren Spector is back on the case with Epic Mickey, Splatterhouse hits the shelves alongside Tron Evolution. But let's be honest. Gran Turismo 5 is the game that's probably the most hotly anticipated title on this week's list...if it arrives. I'm not going to believe it until I see it.

That said, the game I'm most excited abut this week is Def Jam Rapstar. With its community potential it could prove to be a real game-changer and trend-setter like no music game we've seen so far.

NB. Release timetables are like the blink angels and have a tendency to move when you look away so some of these dates may be subject to change.

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Gran Turismo 5
24th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
CSI Fatal Conspiracy
26th November 2010
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26th November 2010
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Epic Mickey
26th November 2010
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Hot Wheels Track Attack
26th November 2010
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Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
26th November 2010
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Megamind
26th November 2010
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Michael Jackson: The Game
26th November 2010
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NBA Jam
26th November 2010
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Pac-Man Party
26th November 2010
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Splatterhouse
26th November 2010
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Tron Evolution
26th November 2010
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Worms Battle Islands
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th

Eurogamer Roundup: Games We've Already Seen - Part 2

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Def Jam Rapstar, Eurogamer Expo, Games articles, Games previews, Halo Reach, Killzone 3, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, PES 2011
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Halo: Reach | Killzone 3

Not quite everything on the show floor is exclusive material and there's some stuff here that we may have seen before. However, to help those of you out who weren't able to make it we've assembled a barrage of overlapping links to jog the memory...

Halo: Reach

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Playable on the floor of the Expo, Bungie's farewell to the Halo franchise is an epic that's not to be missed. Need more proof? Check out Jon's review to find out why Bungie will be missed.

Def Jam Rapstar

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Regular readers will know just how much Def Jam Rapstar impressed us out at Gamescom. Well, 4mm brought their hip-hop revolution to London this weekend, along witha  big fat stage and bustling crowds on both days. Whether you've got rhythm or not, here's the reason why Rapstar's making a lot of justified noise.

PES 2011

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With both Konami and EA vying furiously for floor space, it's been good to see the public courting both with their sporting attentions. Our FIFA review is on the way, but if you're yet to make up your mind, you can start off with our review of PES 2011 and find out how the series is bouncing back.

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Def Jam Rapstar Hands-On Preview: Oh Walk This Way

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Def Jam Rapstar, Games previews, Gamescom 2010, Hip-Hop, Music games

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A friend of mine, let's call him Bob, was venting at me the other day about how he felt that music games, far from encouraging people to pick up and play real instruments or listen and engage with different styles of music and new artists, were the sort of thing that the devil would lock the bathroom door for if he had an upset stomach. He felt that such games as Guitar Hero and Rock Band stifled and sapped creativity, taking up time and increasing amounts of money that could be better spent actually going to gigs, buying music, talking to bands and doing the thing for real.

He might have a point...but, then again, you don't get Achievement Points for strumming along to Sweet Home Alabama down your local pub, although that barmaid you've been eyeing up might agree to finally go out with you.

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Def Jam Rapstar is about to change that and, on top of that, it might be the most surprisingly impressive game we've seen at Gamescom yet. Encompassing the last thirty years of hip-hop with 45 tracks including the vocal stylings of such artists as Dre, Snoop, T.I., Kanye West, A Tribe Called Qwest, Run-DMC, Method Man, not to mention localised tracks for the four countries in which it's being released, it's striving to be not just the premier hip-hop game out there, but also hoping to set a benchmark for the music genre.

Click here to find out how after the jump...