E3 09: 5 reasons DJ Hero will take Guitar Hero's crown

DJing. A solitary pursuit embarked upon by solo knob twiddlers. Things are pressed, tweaked and twisted by a lonely man standing behind an obtuse set of precision controls and very little in the way of social interaction or showmanship ever comes into it. It’ll never make it on the party game circuit.

We thought.

But the whole DJ Hero experience has been designed with party play in mind. There's the obvious 2 player vs. mode of course, but FreeStyle Games has also come up with something much more clever. It’s possible to make the game automatically run a customised play list of its mixes, turning it into a sort of jukebox with gameplay. It can run independently in the background of a party, just waiting for any aspiring DJ or curious drunk to jump on when a favourite tune kicks in.


Throw in the facts that GH guitars and mics can also be plugged in for accompaniment and that it’s impossible to fail in this jukebox mode and you’ve got a game cleverly tailored to spontaneous party gaming. Every house party has its quota of musos standing around the PC or decks suggesting playlists. And every party contains its fair share of those “Ohmigoditsmyfavouritesong!” moments, during which previously sedate folk sprint towards the dance floor like rabid lunatics, dragging all unsuspecting bystanders with them. DJ Hero’s party mode is tailor-made for both of those situations. It should be a blast.

After piggybacking on Rock Band’s concept for its third official sequel, GH now looks to have gone as far as it can. With part five offering only incremental tweaks like drop-in, drop-out co-op and mid-song instrument switching, it’s highly debateable whether the franchise can take another follow-up outside of new song collections (which should arguably be DLC anyway).

So we reckon Activision needs a new music franchise to take over the mantle. With a fresh new direction combined with a sharp focus on maintaining GH’s party audience – in both philosophy and peripherals – it seems clear that DJ Hero could be exactly that series. It plays and sounds unlike anything you’ve laid hands on before, and it just might be the most genuinely creative music game we’ve seen to date. See you on the turntables. 


  • mishmoigon - July 12, 2009 12:07 a.m.

    Lol, beatbox hereo... THIS GAME LOOKS SICKZORZ
  • IslanderSwagg - July 4, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    Looks fun! I liked guitar hero but I didnt really like rock that much and now I play some real music. and oh... was that only four reasons?
  • WeaselWithAGun - June 4, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    how are they going to do the DS port.....that is the question.
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - June 3, 2009 12:07 a.m.

    I can see it, but Beatles Rock band is still going to sell more.
  • norid - June 2, 2009 11:15 p.m.

    should be awesome what am i saying it will be awesome
  • SkullSplitter - June 2, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    I've seen some gameplay and it looks much slower than GH but I'm not sure what difficulty level it was on.
  • averagejoe - June 2, 2009 8:20 p.m.

  • _D-Man_ - August 19, 2009 9:41 p.m.

    I want this so bad, being a DJ is my dream, and to do it in my home would be a blast. reCAPTCHA:McPhillips nosing
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - August 19, 2009 12:40 a.m.

    oh my... one one hand, this is something to be excited about. on the other... i think dj music is crap. the idea of 50 cent and eminem taking over the territory of guns n' roses and metallica nearly makes me break down in tears.
  • iHideAndSeek - July 5, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    I'm going to buy this but if a beatbox hero comes out that may be the line... I'de buy beatbox hero though so...Why does it matter anymore
  • Dibbz - July 3, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    i'm looking foward too trying it out. dont really like the game but the party mode sounds awesome. PS: GH sucks dick!!
  • jballboy88 - June 7, 2009 midnight

  • breadlord - June 6, 2009 10:07 p.m.

    Ever since Guitar hero proved that nerds could stay a virgin, everyone is following up with it. Rock band: fake drums, fake vocals. TH ride: Fake skateboarding GH:WT: Better fake drums and finally: Milo, you can see the buffed up brick on the 360, just for that game. Save your 100, and buy 100 bricks, so if someone calls you retarded, you can waste $1, not $100.
  • Spybreak8 - June 6, 2009 1:01 a.m.

    Yea but do I really need another peripheral? Although who doesn't want to be a DJ right lol.
  • deora2dude - June 5, 2009 7:33 a.m.

    ehhh. until they announce andy hunter is helping with the soundtrack im out... though it does look good..... *thinks back to unleashed* ugh
  • Pyro240 - June 3, 2009 9:27 p.m.

    Looks really fun. I had my doubts, until I saw that gnarly controller.
  • grover14 - June 2, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    i am so playing that!
  • tonyjk78 - June 2, 2009 8:39 p.m.

    Ever since I heard DJ Shadow was involved (nice plug for Endtroducing, by the way, Mr. Houghton), I've been interested in this game. Should be interesting seeing this at parties in the near future, hopefully.
  • smallberry - June 2, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    Looks good. Hope it has some Armin Van Buuren in it. Doubt it though, since he's getting his own Wii game.

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