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: 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.
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.
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: Ok, three Guitar Hero controllers, one Rock Band guitar, two drum sets, and two USB microphones. Let's face it, I have too many instrument controllers. Now with DJ Hero coming out, am I even going to have enough room for a new turntable controller? Especially one that retails for $120? While I'm at it, did I want to add another rhythm game to my collection?
Conclusion: DJ Hero includes the option to play with a friend either on or offline as well as double up with a Guitar Hero guitar for a DJ jammer session. At the end of the day DJ Hero is all about you and your gear, riling up the crowd without missing your beats that cuts the music back and turns the room near silent. The music must go on, and the more you sample, the more you will want to keep playing to hear that wild mix of tunes comes next.
Pros: Solid, responsive and accommodating controller, Great tunes that outshine all other music games, Challenging on hard and expert level
Cons: Crossfade too hard to hit dead center, Visuals are just OK, Scoring could be more elaborate than stars
Excerpt: When I first laid my eyes on DJ Hero in person, it was just a few months ago at an Activision get-together in New York City. Immediately I noticed just how much fun the game looked to play, and perhaps a large part of that was due to the superb soundtrack. Marking the first major release for a DJ game, Activision knew that they had to get it right.
Conclusion: Your total enjoyment will of course hinge on your love of the artists cobbled together, but there's no denying that DJ Hero's gameplay triumphs over all else, and in the end secures its place as the breakout music game of this year.