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: Music games have become big business nowadays. With the success of Guitar Hero and Rock Band , most people seem to forget the games that came nearly a decade before, like Dance Dance Revolution and Beatmania . DJ Hero is the first off-shoot of the Hero franchise and while most gamers will roll their eyes at the concept, DJ Hero proves that a night of clubbing is just what the industry needed.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Let’s face it; the rhythm genre hasn’t seen a whole lot of innovation in the last couple years. DJ Hero may not be perfect and it certainly has a high cover charge, but it has the most fresh approach to the genre seen in a long time. Sure you have your timed button presses, but when you take them alongside all of the crossfades and scratches, it’s hard to not appreciate its unique control style and soundtrack.
Conclusion: DJ Hero is the ace up Activision's sleeve, simultaneously reinvigorating their music game slate while opening up a whole new genre to the mix (pardon the pun). And unlike the assembly line feeling of the Guitar Hero sequels, DJ Hero really does give a fresh spin (I can't help it with the puns!) on the music game world. With 93 unique mixes, the game is a delight for mash-up fans and neophytes alike.