Another "fantastic" installment from the never-ending line of Hero games from Activision, Dj Hero wants to bring all you wannabe Disk Jokeys in its world. It is one of the best music games you'll ever play, but you might want to move your furniture around a bit to make room for this one.
You work through tiers of songs and unlock new mixes, characters, and costumes by earning stars, nothing more to worry about. This simple design puts the focus on the music, which is excellent. DJ Hero has one of the best and certainly most diverse track lists of any music game and you're certain to find songs you love.
Even better, the 102 licensed tracks have been mashed-up to create 93 original songs that you won't hear anywhere else. Disc jockeys like DJ Shadow and Grandmaster Flash have produce
d mixes like 50 Cent with David Bowie, Beastie Boys with Blondie, and Vanilla Ice with MC Hammer. As an option, there's Party Play were you can just let a list of track play while you're doing anything else around the house.
The possibility of creating your own characters seems fine, but you can unlock superstar DJs like Daft Punk and Z-trip. Like in Tony Hawk's Rider, a new device comes forth in your house : the turntable controller. Half of it is the record platter with three face buttons and the other half is the mixer that includes the cross fader, effects knob, euphoria button (which enables DJ Hero's version of star power). These halves can be separated and flipped around for left-handed players.
DJ Hero includes a helpful tutorial (hosted by Grandmaster Flash) to walk you through everything , if you haven't experienced using a turn-table before and the "beginner" and "easy" difficulty settings are very balanced . But oddly, whatever difficulty you choose, then result is the same: never failing a song, DJ Hero applying little punishment for when you get out of sync. Also, I wish they would have had a practice mode, to prepare yourself for those crazy Scratching mixes waiting at the end of the playlist.
You'll have to tap the colored symbols in time with the music to score points and hold those same ones and move the turntable back and forth to perform a "scratch". The easy mode helps you a lot, which is a good thing, but a higher difficulty game is likely the most enjoyable.
There's also the cross fader, which you'll have to push left and right in correspondence with the onscreen audio stream and it's kind of tricky at first, but if you'd ever wanted to become a "deejay" and had your hands on a turn-table before, the system is intuitive and suggestive and you won't be disappointed. I'd recommend buying one; the fun factor makes it worthwhile.