Def Jam Rapstar 'can be bigger than Guitar Hero'

Sequel already being planned, says creator

Upcoming hip-hop party game Def Jam Rapstar has the potential to become a bigger franchise than Guitar Hero, according to its creators.

The title, due for release on Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 in November, very much follows the 'SingStar for hip-hop' model you'd expect.

However, online is a different ball game, with Rapstar offering upcoming MC's the chance to show off their skills to a judgemental, expert community - who then rate them accordingly.

"In Rapstar you rap just like real life," Def Jam Enterprises' James Waller told CVG. "Maybe that's not so true with a plastic guitar - but this is why we built it."


When asked if there was any reason why Rapstar's global appeal couldn't become more lucrative than SingStar or Guitar Hero, Waller added:

"None whatsoever. We've already cleared hundreds of tracks - so it is never going to be about us not having enough music. It's about releasing the right music at the right time. If this game blows up it could do really well - and of course there is going to be further iterations on the game.

"We held back a lot of the stuff, things we couldn't get perfect in time for the launch. That in itself lends itself to doing a sequel."

Def Jam Rapstar features tracks from hip-hop stars including Public Enemy, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G, Nelly and Nas.

UK acts whose music crops up include Tinchy Stryder, Wiley and Dizzee Rascal.