Excerpt: Activision never ceases to amaze me. They come up with some of the most fantastic ideas. I would have never thought a DJ turn table gaming peripheral could work. Yet Activision pulled it off. Not only did they pull it off, but there is a sequel - DJ Hero 2. This Wii, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360 game takes the guitar hero concept in a completely different direction. I love getting to rewind, and freestyle mix.
Conclusion: Multiplayer was the star of the DJ Hero 2 show on our visit to LA, but solo gamers won't necessarily be left out. A brand new Empire mode will allow gamers to experience the journey of an up and coming DJ. There wasn't much more than the company line on this new play mode, but if you want to bet those subway tokens… it's probably pretty safe to assume the mode will resemble Guitar Hero's single-player mode.
Excerpt: Rhythm games are older than most people seem to think. I've had a love affair with hitting notes to music ever since I learnt kicking and punching was all in the mind back in the late 90s. Parappa the Rapper might have been my first exposure to the genre, but afterwards I've gone on to enjoy the DDRs, DJ Portable MAXs and, yes, Rock Bands and Guitar Heroes of the world.
Conclusion: If you were disappointed in the original DJ Hero’s lack of creative spinning freedom, there’s not much that’s going to change your mind with DJ Hero 2. But with the improvements to freestyling and a more “spin-off” competitive approach to multiplayer battles if you can get behind the Guitar Hero-style design of the game, DJ Hero will keep you busy—and entertained—for quite some time. And honestly, with a soundtrack as solid as this, it’s hard to complain too much.
Impressive DJ game with occasionally contentious lyrics.
Common Sense Media
9 December 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that DJ Hero 2 contains some suggestive lyrics that refer to sex, drugs, and some other potentially sensitive themes, such as the line "sometimes I think I'm going insane, I swear I might hijack a plane" in Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message." Also, female dancers often move in a seductive way and wear tight and revealing clothing.
Excerpt: One year after the release of the original, DJ Hero 2 has been unleashed into the wild. It now seems that the rhythm game has become yet another perennial franchise. This usually is a cause for concern as the aggressive development cycles tend to result in lackluster polish. Freestyle Games have made a concerted effort to avoid the problems that plague annual games with DJ Hero 2 , and they've had mixed success.
Excerpt: As noted by fellow reviewer Trevor H, last year's DJ Hero hit the scene with new music, a new turntable peripheral, and a new interactive music experience. I was glad to see the game come to the market as it was something different and it provided anyone who tried it with something they had not played on a console before. Although many praised it, the original DJ Hero still had some room for improvement.
Summary: Living rooms will transform into nightclubs to let budding beat chemists, singing sensations and all of their friends party together by firing up two turntable controllers and a microphone to experience their favorite music as they've never heard it before in DJ Hero 2.