There are a few stinky mixes in there, however. We’re not sure David Bowie’s Let’s Dance should be mixed with anything, or that Third Eye Blind really goes well with the Jackson Five. In fact, the majority of the rock tracks, which are available as part of the Guitar vs DJ mode (where one person plays on track on plastic guitar, while the other uses decks) aren’t much cop. It was a nice idea, but these mixes feel out of place and more than a little embarrassing next to the ‘proper’ mixes of the rest of the game.
We’re not convinced by the majority of the samples either. Being forced to play an air horn, or hear someone scream ‘Check dis out’ over the top of a haunting Cypress Hill/David Cross mix made us die a little inside, and wish that the ability to play samples was purely optional. If we really have to lay samples over these mixes, can we have some less embarrassing packs as DLC? Fingers crossed. It’s a shame because the rest of the unlockables are spot on. There are plenty of colourful custom DJs, loads of decks, and plenty of venues – all of which are bagged by winning stars for performing well.
Elsewhere, everything else is as it should be. There’s no lag between the decks and your on-screen actions, and when you’re actually DJing your character does an admirable job of aping your button presses. Celebrity DJs look very life-like in a caricatured kind of way, and their set-lists are all packed with character.
In all it’s a great package, and even if you’re only vaguely into the kind of music on offer, you’ll get weeks of fun out of it. DJ Hero does represent a big leap of faith – that £90/$120 price tag is daunting – but once you actually play it, you’ll get it, and there’ll be no turning back…