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DJ Hero review

AT A GLANCE
  • Loads of great mixes
  • Brilliant peripheral
  • Very addictive
  • Most of the effects samples
  • David Bowie meets 50 Cent
  • Guitar mixes are weak

DJ Hero is a game that really needs to be played to be truly appreciated. On paper it seems to be yet another ill-conceived concept bundled with a money-spinning peripheral to give it a novelty value – the kind of thing you fiddle with at Christmas and chuck into the spare room for the rest of the year. But when you actually place your fingers on the turntable and scratch out your first mix, you’ll lose all those nagging doubts or cynical thoughts, and – toilet breaks notwithstanding – you won’t stop until you’re wrestling with the wrist-snapping final tunes of the game.

The secret to DJ Hero’s success is in the presentation. There’s nothing fancy or pretentious about the game, even the controller is alarmingly minimalist with its lack of branding or unnecessary knobs and buttons. Everything about it oozes effortless cool, as the quality of the mixes and the way the game opens itself up to you does all the talking.

You start things off by familiarising yourself with the slightly alien peripheral. Grandmaster Flash walks you through the tutorial, and at first there’s a nagging fear in the back of your mind that it’s all going to be a bit naff. Flash does like the sound of his own voice, but his tutorial text is solid enough to give you a basic grounding of how the game works. It is, unsurprisingly, a bit like Guitar Hero.

Coloured blobs travel down the on-screen highway at you, and when they reach the bottom, you need to press the corresponding button to play them. So far, so familiar. The green line on the highway represents one track, and the blue a second, with effects assigned to the red line. Your job is to hit all the notes to mix these two tracks together. When long sections with arrows inside them appear, you need to hold down the button on the turntable and scratch them out. On medium difficulty you’re called on to use the crossfader to fade tracks in and out of the mix.

If that still doesn't make any sense, maybe this abridged video of the basic in-game tutorial will help:



That's the basic stuff, which is great to get warmed up. But real DJ heroes will be wanting to kick things up with the advanced techniques:


More Info

Available Platforms: Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2
Genre: Other Games/Compilations
Published by: Activision
Developed by: FreeStyleGames
Franchise: Guitar Hero
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending

6 comments

  • onewheeled999 - September 24, 2010 8:28 a.m.

    I agree in that this game is fantastic, but I actually really enjoyed the 50 Cent vs David Bowie mix, that's actually one of my favorites in the game... But yeah. Buy this game, it's much cheaper now.
  • Backfire001 - November 12, 2009 2:41 a.m.

    I am a guitar hero fanatic and eficiendo, so this is naturally something i must have...
  • supersteer - October 30, 2009 8:59 p.m.

    i decided to take the leap of faith and bought this, great fun and i would recommend this to anyone who enjoys listening/playing music or enjoys the GH games. its a well made piece of kit and well worth it
  • Appsro - October 27, 2009 8:37 p.m.

    I may pick it up down the line but i just don't want another plastic peripheral sitting around the house at this point. The game does look pretty entertaining though, aside from the most annoying tutorial voice I've ever heard in my life. It's definitely on my "to try" list.
  • Sebastian16 - October 27, 2009 7:50 p.m.

    Must buy.
  • CoolBowling - October 27, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    I had doubts as well until I played it at Best Buy. The three tracks they had with the demo were awesome.

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