Rock and roll is dead, long live dance! DJ Star is one of several dance- and DJ-inspired games due this year and it%26rsquo;s a pretty decent effort.
There are two main modes here: Career and Creation. The music-creation part is arguably the more engaging. You%26rsquo;re provided with a range of pre-set samples for numerous instruments from four musical styles (techno, hip-hop, funk and house) and there%26rsquo;s a simple drag-and-drop system that allows you to place the samples into a five-track mix. It%26rsquo;s not hard to make a decent-sounding track (hey, we can do it!) and once you%26rsquo;re used to things you can fiddle with the BPM, volume and so on.
The Career mode is a slightly odd affair. It%26rsquo;s story-driven, with you playing an aspiring lady DJ who starts out playing house parties before moving on to headlining at big club nights. Each %26lsquo;level%26rsquo; has a set objective, usually getting a certain number of people to boogie for a set amount of time.
To keep them dancing, you need keep the mix working by using the stylus to manipulate the knobs, sliders, samples and turntables at your disposal. It%26rsquo;s actually pretty challenging, and fun too, with some top tunes. There%26rsquo;s not a lot to shout about when it comes to the graphics, unless you like pixelated rave ladies, but the music makes up for it.
Sep 18, 2009