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.
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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: Wikkety-wikkety-wah-wah, yo DJ, pump this par-taaayyy! With the current offers available for DJ Hero on the web (I got a copy of the Renegade version for �40!), I decided to take the plunge and see what the latest Activision “Hero” title had to offer. As a diehard fan of the “Guitar Hero” series, and after feeling distinctly let down by the “Band Hero” release last autumn, I wasn�t too sure what to expect: I am not the world’s biggest hip-hop fan, but the varied set list...
Pros: Nice new playing style, good tracklist overall, visually entertaining, fun
Cons: Some tracks overused, more obscure music than well known, can get a bit old unless played on the higher settings
Excerpt: You might think there's too many music titles out there to choose from, but Activision have now provided you with a reason to take another look. DJ Hero needs to be played before you can pass any judgement, as even those with no interest in DJ music will find it tremendously entertaining.
Pros: A really polished game and an ingenious piece of hardware. Fantastic value for money, especially with the allowance for the guitar peripheral.
Cons: Doubts about the endurance of the cross-fader switch. Being easy to learn, but difficult to master could put the impatient gamer off.