Excerpt: DJ Hero Developed By: FreeStyleGames Published by: Activision Released: October 2009 ESRB rated T Released for: PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 Pros: Fresh, fun game play; lots of songs Cons: Swearing and suggestive lyrics, price Just when I’m starting to get sick of all the music games coming out, Activision throws this game into the mix. DJ Hero is a fresh new music game that is challenging and addicting.
Conclusion: DJ Hero is new, and therefore scary for many customers. That’s understandable. I’ve played it for the last week on both the Xbox 360 and PS3, and I can say without a doubt that like Guitar Hero, it has an appeal to it that cannot be denied. Gameplay is there, the soundtrack is there, and the pieces fall together well.
Excerpt: Just about everyone in the world has at some point attempted to play a guitar, bashed around on some drums, or at the very least sung along to their favourite song. The same cannot be said for vinyl decks; and it was this I was most worried would prove to be DJ Hero's Achilles heel. I was wrong. In true Hero fashion the game shatters the barriers to entry, making it not only surprisingly intuitive to play, but seriously enjoyable from the moment you begin.
Excerpt: It was only a matter of time before the success of the Guitar Hero series led to spin-offs in other musical genres. Expanding into pop was easy, but hip-hop was more of a challenge. After all, when you hear the names of top hip-hop artists, a vision of those artists jamming with a guitar is not the first thing that pops into your head.
Conclusion: DJ Hero is a nice shot in the arm to the fading Guitar Hero lifeline, because it feels like a whole new experience rather than clone. The DJ turntable controller is cooler than the GH guitars by a landslide, and scratching, while not authentic, feels smooth and is fun. Though a lot of care and thought went into the design of the game, it’s up the masses to see if they want another music game, or are they tired of having more plastic instruments in their room.
Excerpt: With the runaway success of Activision’s Guitar Hero franchise, and murmurs over the years of the ‘Hero’ franchise spreading out to other instruments (above and beyond the ‘standard’ guitar, drum and microphone combination), enthusiast press bloggers and industry commentators soon took up the call to guess where the mega-publisher could next turn its eye, with regular jokes cropping up about ‘Timpani Hero,’ ‘Xylophone Hero’ and, my favourite, ‘Bagpipe Hero.’
Summary: DJ Hero expands Guitar Hero's signature social gaming to all-new consumers with the addition of diverse music genres including hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance. An all-new turntable controller transforms players into DJs by creating original mixes of popular songs and music from the world's most exciting artists and DJs.
Excerpt: It wasn’t until the phenomenon that was the very first Guitar Hero that music games really became one of the driving forces of the gaming industry. The advent of Rock Band fleshed the genre out a bit more, adding vocals and drums, but there hasn’t been much to change the game since then. Until now. Admittedly, I was skeptical of DJ Hero when it was first announced.