DJ Hero review

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

During Hard and Expert modes, when you’re furiously combining effects and scratches, the peripheral takes quite a battering. Thankfully, both the Xbox and the PS3 decks (which are virtually identical, save the face buttons, D-pad and respective ‘home’ buttons, which are hidden away under a panel in the top left) are sturdy pieces of kit.

What impresses most about them is the solidity of the actual turntable, the chunky buttons mounted on it, and the ease with which you can spin it and scratch it. And unlike many other peripherals that come bundled with games, you feel as if you’re getting value for money from the decks.

In fact, the whole game – despite costing a significant wedge of cash - is actually well worth the initial investment. There are a lot of mixes in the game, over 100, and with downloadable content confirmed, that number will grow and grow. During an interview with the devs a couple of months ago we were told that during the final few months of development FreeStyle were inundated with new artists looking to work on the game. And we can see why they were attracted.

DJ Hero isn’t some tool for teaching you how to become a real life Disc Jockey. If you think that, you’ll be sorely disappointed. What it does is give you an appreciation for the music and culture of mixing, by cherry picking the very best tracks and professionals in each genre and implementing them into the game. That’s why the likes of DJ Shadow, Z-Trip and Jazzy Jeff are all on board, all digging out some of the most revered tracks from their respective disciplines. The presence of these professionals, combined with the obvious passion of the guys at FreeStyleGames is what gives DJ Hero its appeal – that effortless cool we mentioned earlier.

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


  • 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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