Summary: DJ Hero is the most interesting music game this year, even if it’s not conclusively the best. The presentation, character designs, and number of overall gameplay options lag behind the more familiar titles that released earlier this fall. However, for anyone looking for a new challenge and new arenas of music to explore, this is the far better choice. The turntable game mechanic is incredibly addictive, not to mention surprisingly challenging.
Conclusion: After playing an early demo and actually playing the retail game for a good bit I can say that DJ Hero is not worth the asking price. Putting a $120 price tag on this game sounds like a crime and you would be right. DJ Hero seems incomplete with the lack of features or features that should have been in the game. It would be best to invest into a new guitar game before running out and living your fantasy on being the next big DJ.
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.
Conclusion: A great package with a fantastic peripheral, diverse track list and addictive gameplay mechanics. The only hurdle you may have to overcome is justifying the fairly high price tag, otherwise, it’s a must buy.
Conclusion: Another concern I had was that real DJ culture wouldn’t be properly represented. Games from major studios often like to rewrite subcultures in their own image. But the inclusions of turntable heavyweights like Grandmaster Flash, DJ Z-Trip, DJ Shadow and others, not just for their music but as actual in-game playable characters. They even get some of their own personal remixes included in the game.
Excerpt: The music gaming genre has exploded over the past few years. There have been over a dozen new games, each title adding something different to the genre including new instruments, new game styles, and of course new music. DJ Hero is the next game in line to bring a brand new element with the introduction of a turntable controller that provides a new and exciting way to play .
Excerpt: It’s Like… …playing Guitar Hero for the first time again. Don’t get me wrong, I still dig the Guitar Hero franchise, Rock Band too, but we’re up to the fifth installment of the former, the second for the latter, and that’s not including all the track packs, band-centric expansions and spin-offs that have stemmed. Guitar Hero and Rock Band lost their virginity long ago.
Excerpt: …playing Guitar Hero for the first time again. Don’t get me wrong, I still dig the Guitar Hero franchise, Rock Band too, but we’re up to the fifth installment of the former, the second for the latter, and that’s not including all the track packs, band-centric expansions and spin-offs that have stemmed. Guitar Hero and Rock Band lost their virginity long ago.