Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 46
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 46
  3. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Dec 16, 2010
    100
    Even if the tunes aren't all things to all players, that shouldn't hold anyone back from putting cash down and picking up one of the most original games to grace consoles for some time. DJ Hero 2 is sublime.
  2. Dec 16, 2010
    95
    DJ Hero 2 may not make major steps forward, but the additions, refinements and minor tweaks that FreeStyle Games have made really build on the solid foundations that the first game laid down to make DJ Hero 2 an even better experience then before and in my opinion, currently the best music game around.
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    95
    With its numerous additions and improvements supported by an amazing list of remixes, DJ Hero 2 isn't only an automatic buy for those who loved the first one but also a definitive must have music title for all music genre fans.
  4. Jan 12, 2011
    93
    DJ Hero 2 is at every part better than the previous one. The gameplay is still the same, but the music got more variety. One of the new features is that there are many more mix-techniques and the online section of the game is way better than before. A great music game.
  5. Oct 20, 2010
    93
    DJ Hero was my favorite music game of 2009, and I'm happy to report this sequel bests its predecessor in nearly every way.
  6. Oct 20, 2010
    92
    Along with FreeStyleGames critical examination of every bit of DJ Hero and their effort to improve everything, they have succeeded beyond measure and created a title that no music fan should pass up.
  7. As always, the music and the mixes make or break this package. The reuse of tracks is nowhere near as abusive this time around and, honestly, if you can't appreciate the overwhelming majority of tunes here then you're probably squarer than Spongebob. Drop these morbidly obese beats into some new multiplayer modes (that are actually worth playing this time), or let them run forever in the GH5-inspired jukebox mode to create one hell of a party apparatus. [December 2010 p72]
  8. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    In every way, DJ Hero 2 is an exceptional successor, and a great rhythm game for this year.
  9. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    Dj Hero 2 is in every way improved over last year, with a better balanced tracklist, new gameplay mechanics and a more than decent multiplayer. The career mode should be improved more tough, but the game is highly recommended for rhythm games fan.
  10. Dec 16, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero 2 improves upon its predecessor in every way.
  11. Oct 28, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero 2 has what people want from a well made sequel, enhancing the better parts of the original, broadening what has to offers, and at the same time having its own personality while mantaining the essence of the previous game.
  12. Oct 27, 2010
    90
    While the turntable may never be as ubiquitous as a guitar, DJ Hero 2 continues to push the boundaries of music gaming and improves upon the original with features that make the game more lifelike than before. Beyond that, the music is what will draw you in and keep you playing, even if you aren't familiar with turntables or DJ culture.
  13. Oct 26, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero 2 is the perfect example of the "bigger, better and stronger" theory. Despite a more commercial twist in the track list, the presence of new gameplay elements, a better multiplayer experience and the awesome party mode, all grant this game great value.
  14. Oct 25, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero 2's multiplayer modes might not strike as anything special, although it is a social and accessible game, but the robust content is tailored to be the most hypnotic single-player rhythm game on the market.
  15. Oct 25, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero 2 acts like Activision have listened to feedback from the first game and the good points read like a checklist of improvements. Better music? Check. More single player modes? Check. More freedom to influence the audio? Check.
  16. 90
    DJ Hero 2 really is a party in a box, and one of the best the music/rythym genre has to offer.
  17. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    Small issues aside, DJ Hero 2 is a solid music gaming experience from top to bottom, even more enjoyable than the current iterations of Activision's other cash cow, Guitar Hero.
  18. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero was always worth a spin in the right crowd but, with so many new ways to get everyone involved, it's no longer just a living room curio - it's a genuine, bona fide dance floor-filler.
  19. Oct 20, 2010
    89
    DJ Hero 2 is a significant improvement on last year's original title.
  20. Dec 21, 2010
    88
    Unlike a lot of music games, DJ Hero 2 is more than just an extended track pack with a few tweaks; it's a totally new and improved game.
  21. Dec 16, 2010
    88
    It's certainly not a drastic update, but it's good value for money nevertheless. [Issue#198, p.92]
  22. Oct 25, 2010
    88
    So for all those wondering if you should upgrade, by all means 'DJ Hero 2' still has the beat. If you love the rhythm based genre and haven't tried out DJ Hero yet, shame on you, DJ Hero puts it together with substance and flash. I can't tell you how much fun this game is. Its something that needs to be tried to understand.
  23. Oct 22, 2010
    88
    It nails down its position as a multiplayer-oriented (and thus, party-oriented) game and succeeds beautifully. Still, there's a part of me that resents the lacking single-player campaign, and the learning curve may prove frustrating (or maybe it's just me).
  24. Feb 2, 2011
    85
    Even when considering the aforementioned caveats, DJ Hero 2 is a very good game, and it is surely a nice step up from the original title.
  25. Jan 12, 2011
    85
    The people at Freestyle Games definetly gave a new spin to the DJ Hero gameplay. The Freestyle sections are very cool and the new option to sing or rap is great if you don't want to spin the records. A guaranteed party hit!
  26. Jan 10, 2011
    85
    If you're into console music gaming, DJ Hero 2 is definitely your game. Beginners will appreciate the great tutorials and the good playability.
  27. Jan 6, 2011
    85
    DJ Hero 2 is a unique rhythm game that won't disappoint with music fans, and certainly makes you look like you know how to be a DJ.
  28. Dec 21, 2010
    85
    This is still the best soundtrack of any music game, though, and the mash-ups remain impressive as hell.
  29. Dec 21, 2010
    85
    It is a great example of what this genre can offer.
  30. Dec 16, 2010
    85
    DJ Hero 2 takes the logical next step for a music simulator by improving and developing the formula for another successful and enjoyable game
  31. 85
    DJ Hero 2 adds a thick coat of polish to an already brilliant original, and as a result is the best music game on the market for those looking for something a little unique.
  32. Oct 22, 2010
    85
    DJ Hero 2's gameplay procedures are as good as it were in its first iteration, and there are some brilliant add-ons in the core mechanics too that make this another great game.
  33. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    Dj Hero 2 has an impressive tracklist, some interesting game moders, and a redefined gameplay that stresses the player's creativity. Too bad the "career mode" is still quite boring.
  34. Dec 28, 2010
    83
    The tracks are still awesome. [Christmas 2010, p.90]
  35. Oct 26, 2010
    83
    Catchy mixes, impressive visuals, and a much improved career mode make DJ Hero 2 worth checking out.
  36. Jan 12, 2011
    80
    A great sequel. It takes the best stuff from the first game and improves it exactly where it was needed.
  37. 80
    DJ Hero 2 picked up a formula which had an instant success, not risking too much, but it gives us a fantastic setlist, very varied, and the introduction of Freestyling, where we introduce our finger of creation, with faders and Scratch that leaves us screaming for more.
  38. Jan 5, 2011
    80
    DJ Hero 2 is an excellent music-game thanks to the solid gameplay and fantastic music in the game. Who doesn't want to scratch on hits from Justice, Dr. Dre and Salt N Pepa? Before you know it, you'll be behind the turntables like a professional DJ again.
  39. The dancey track selection gives the game a more up-tempo feel.
  40. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    The immense quality of the track selection in DJ Hero 2 gets you by with a pretty solid score this year, FreeStyle and Activision, but that isn't going to last forever.
  41. Oct 26, 2010
    80
    Djing feels still good, even without a deep single player mode and some flaws in the navigation between the menus. More content and some dedicates game modes should do the trick for the next iteration.
  42. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    Overall, DJ Hero 2 just feels tight. Everything from the menus to the gameplay has a clean, streamlined look and feel to it. The gameplay additions--with the exception of the weak vocals--are intelligent and really make the game more playable than it was last year. While other rhythm game franchises feel like they're fizzling out, DJ Hero still feels like it's just getting started.
  43. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    Not as good tracklist as the previous game, but still a hell of a lot of scratching fun.
  44. Dec 16, 2010
    79
    DJ Hero 2 is fundamentally more fun than its predecessor, but the single-minded track list leaves something to be desired.
  45. Oct 20, 2010
    78
    DJ Hero is a lot of fun, although some hardcore DJ and audio engineering types might complain that it offers little of the creative freedom of spinning. Multiplayer modes have been improved, however.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 28, 2014
    7
    The best game on the PS3 in my opinion, but I've only played a couple of them. The soundtrack is really, really bad, and is all electronic and remixed crap. But what else can you really expect from a game entitled Dj Hero 2? The gameplay is a fun and fairly easy twist to the GH franchise and, again, another great title for PlayStation lovers by Activision. Full Review »
  2. Apr 20, 2013
    9
    DJ Hero 2 is one of the best music games in years. Following up with the same popular and innovative gameplay mechanics of the previous DJ Hero, the second game provides a much more up to date setlist, much more music and better multiplayer options.
    Though the gameplay hasn't changed from the original game, the setlist has become more up to date and increased its number of songs to 105 (with 95 mixes unique to the game) meaning you can tap, scratch and crossfade your way through hours of new songs. Though the songs are, on the whole, less varied than last time round you are bound to recognise 90% of them and club dance fanatics will probably recognise them all.
    Multiplayer has been redesigned, now 2 turntables & 1 microphone can be used at any time compared to the 1 deck & 1 guitar of last time. Though the extra deck is a great idea the vocals are difficult to get used to as the songs are jumbled up and will frequently change into different songs making it difficult for even the biggest fan of the song to get used to.
    That's pretty much DJ Hero 2 in a nutshell, it does nothing new but why change what wasn't broken, it provides a bigger, more up to date setlist but does seem to lose its variety and multiplayer is a much better affair with the 2 turntable decks rather than a guitar.
    DJ Hero 2 is a must own game for any music game fan
    Full Review »
  3. Jan 23, 2011
    9
    No game is fun if you don't know what's going on and DJ Hero is one of those games that requires you to overcome the learning curve to reap the benefits. Solo play is out of the question as DJ Hero should be left on to entertain your guests by ear and/or by a several hands. Full Review »