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  • Summary: DJ Hero drops the needle with a completely fresh experience and legendary artists including Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Justice, Marvin Gaye, Beck, Beastie Boys and N.E.R.D. DJ Hero features more than 100 individual songs that have been transformed into more than 80 exclusive, original mixes by superstar DJs including DJ Shadow, DJ Z-Trip, DJ AM, and the legendary Grandmaster Flash. With an innovative, new turntable controller and the hottest music collection of original music, DJ Hero is a unique new social music gaming experience that excite the millions of dance club music fans who can now play along to hit songs from a range of genres including hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock and electronica allowing them to rule the party with original mixes. Joining the internationally acclaimed DJ, producer and recording artist DJ Shadow, who has been consulting and contributed several mixes for DJ Hero, and making their video game debuts, DJ Z-Trip, a founder of the mashup movement who’s known worldwide for his sold out shows and eclectic style, and DJ AM, one of the world’s premier and most in-demand DJs today, appear as in-game characters and have each created multiple exclusive mixes for DJ Hero. In DJ Hero, faces in the crowd are transformed into the life of the party as the game’s turntable controller - created exclusively for DJ Hero and featuring familiar DJ tools including a fully-rotating turntable, sample buttons, effects dial and cross fader - immerses fans into the authenticity of DJ culture and a sea of music. By utilizing and mastering various DJ techniques including scratching, blending, cross fading and sampling, while leaving room for creative expression with a variety of effects and player chosen samples and scratches, gamers rule the party performing music as only a DJ can. Social expression is heightened with euphoric multiplayer gameplay where two DJs can battle competitively or have a player join in to emcee over any track in the game with a mic. Additionally, gamers can rock together as DJ Hero features DJ-guitar exclusive mixes played with a turntable controller and Guitar Hero guitar controller. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 52 out of 53
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  1. 100
    As much fun as Guitar Hero - and perfect for any party. The music is great, but we miss some more game modes.
  2. DJ Hero is a great game that will challenge you and give you countless hours of entertainment. If you’re at all a fan of DJ culture, then this game is definitely for you.
  3. DJ Hero is possibly the best rhythm action game I have ever played. There's not a dull track in the entire game - hardly surprising given how much superstar DJ input FreeStyleGames has enjoyed.
  4. After playing the game nonstop for days now, I think it’s safe to say that DJ Hero has me excited about music games again. While there’s clearly some room for improvement in future instalments, this initial foray into the world of DJ’ing is one well worth making.
  5. While I won’t go so far as to call DJ Hero the greatest thing to happen to music games since the first Guitar Hero, it certainly is one of the more exciting things to happen to the genre.
  6. A rewarding and tactile experience overall despite the inconsistency. [Christmas 2009, p.118]
  7. 70
    It’s just too hit and miss, too divorced from its stated purpose and is too anaemic in its dispensation of the funk.

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  1. RobertC
    Jan 5, 2010
    This game really did supprise me. Yes its another Hero game, but I really prefer it to Guitar Hero. Great tracks, and gets better every time you play it. Expand
  2. DougChilds
    Nov 10, 2009
    VERY Hesitant at first. Thought it would be some cheezy rap game. Boy was I surprised! I have had more fun playing this game then anything in recent memory. I would recommend to anybody who loved guitar hero as it is a fresh spin (no pun intended) on the genre. Expand
  3. ChristianJ
    Nov 29, 2009
    This game is absolutely brilliant, it manages to make you feel like a DJ, like you are really pumping up the sound and everything! The complaints ive seen of the crossfader are true in a way, but, in my case, I got used to it after a few sitings, believe when i tell you this.. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC GAMES OUT THERE! (its well worth the price tag) Oh and another thing .. I recommend you to start on the Hard difficulty because, in my case, I found Medium and Easy to boring. Expand
  4. MichaelB
    Oct 29, 2009
    I love the music, love the graphics, love how theres many unlocakables, loves the turntable, hates the crossfader.
  5. ChadS
    Oct 30, 2009
    Very fun, well done game.
  6. jayb
    Oct 29, 2009
    Hey, I'm having fun at this, as I thought I would. I never could play guitar Hero (yeah, I suck bad) but this is more my way of fun with a music game. Plus, all the mixes are pretty good to listen to....can't wait to get to the DJ shadow mixes.....His CD should have been included in the RENEGADE pack instead of MC's Jay-Z and Eminem!! Expand
  7. stephenH
    Nov 1, 2009
    Although fun single player is very short lived compared to the Guitar Hero franchise simply due to the fact that multiplayer is nowhere near as brilliant and seeing as how multiplayer is usually what keeps these games alive for me, it will simply die off for me. Expand

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