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February 20, 2007 - When it comes to fighting games, you expect to beat people down in hand to hand combat. You might even expect to grab a weapon and smash someone with it. But for EA Chicago's latest brawler, the strongest attack isn't a punch or a baseball bat. In [Register or Login to view links], music is the weapon, which can completely pound your opponent senseless. But it isn't simply about banging beats; you'll need to use the music to trigger environmental hazards that sweep, smash or blow up anyone in their way.

Over the next four weeks, we'll be breaking down the various stages that you'll fight through in your quest for hop domination. We'll give you some info on the levels, the hazards that you and your opponents will face, and even show you how these traps can be used with deadly efficiency with some fighters you haven't seen before. Get ready to knuckle up.

For some people, having access to a penthouse is a mark of career and financial success. Having the ability to look out over the city with the skyline as a picturesque backdrop is quite a sight. However, in Def Jam: Icon, the Penthouse is just as dangerous as any other fight location. The first threat to your safety is the fireplace set into the left wall of the penthouse. While it starts out with a glass grating, breaking this protective covering will project a burst of flame on the beat, setting the ceiling on fire. This can lead to the next dangerous threat as the flames spread, with parts of the ceiling that come crashing down as more of the Penthouse is destroyed. Some of this debris will be on fire, which can potentially set a fighter up in flames; others, like the glass from the chandelier, will fall and shatter on the skull of unsuspecting characters.

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For players that like getting up close and personal to the beat, you can toss enemies near the speakers on the right hand side of the stage. While not as visually striking as the speaker setups in the two nightclubs, the sound system still has enough juice to hurl someone across the room. If you're looking for a more "classical" approach to your beatdown, you can also toss enemies into the piano that's near the center of the room, which will swing its lid out on the beat to smash into fighters.

The Penthouse stage is also one of two stages with a dangerous secret. Unlike some of the other areas with over the top hazards, you can perform an instant "kill" with this level. If you manage to position your enemy close to the windows on the stage and either throw or directionally knock them into the glass, they'll smash through and fall to the streets below. It's an easy way to get rid of someone trashing your place, or the best way to rescue yourself if the fight hasn't been going your way.

Check out this new fight taking place in the Penthouse, and come back next week when we reveal a new Def Jam: Icon stage.

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