Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. 90
    In an overcrowded genre of music games, DJ Hero resides at the very top with the best of 'em. The original mixes are stunning and scratching the turntable is just as fun as it seems.
  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. I’m hooked on DJ Hero. In many ways, it feels like a new beginning for the music genre. Freestyle Games has pulled off an impressive trick, crafting a game that holds true to its sister franchise while at the same time putting a unique spin on both the gameplay and the music.
  4. In DJ Hero, I really do get the distinct sense that I'm spinning for a full house. This title will appeal to both casual and core gamers alike, with a beginner's mode even toddler children can play fairly well and enjoy.
  5. In all it's a great package, and even if you're only vaguely into the kind of music on offer, you'll get weeks of fun out of it. [Dec 2009, p.59]
  6. DJ Hero brings fresh air inside the rhythm game's genre, with a challenging and funny gameplay, plus a superb tracklist. FreestyleGames was good to "hide" the lacks inside the game thanks to a new title with an interesting gameplay mechanics, but we expect many improvements for the next installment of the game.
  7. DJ Hero doesn’t stray too far from the formula that made Guitar Hero and Rock Band into household names, but it has a fresh quality about it that the former titles expended long ago.
  8. Rock followers will keep favouring Guitar Hero, but now everyone can turn his home into a disco, and a friend meeting in a fun music session.
  9. 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.
  10. DJ Hero is the confident debut of a new musical videogame genre. If you are into the electronic music you will greatly enjoy this one.
  11. As long as Activision supports this title with solid downloadable content (which they have a great track record of doing) DJ Hero is a game that you’ll keep coming back to.
  12. Activision creates the Guitar Hero for disc-jockeys with DJ Hero. With impressive music themes, a great and easy-to-use controller, and paying attention to every little aspect, we find a videogame that is a starting point for a whole new series; with this game, club culture is in an even better position than with the classic Beatmania.
  13. 91
    A truly progressive effort. [Christmas 2009, p.66]
  14. It has an appeal to it that cannot be denied. Gameplay is there, the soundtrack is there, and the pieces fall together well. Whether you see yourself playing with a turntable controller or not is up to you, though chances are if you’re unsure, you’ll find yourself trying it out at a party or friend’s house very soon.
  15. DJ Hero is without question Activision's coolest rhythm game. The turntable has its drawbacks (it's a bit small for larger folks), but that soundtrack will give you a new appreciation for music and perhaps satisfy your DJ fantasy. Just don't pass this off as another game with a useless peripheral. It's one of the sweetest, most original games we've played in a long time.
  16. It's library of fantastic mash-ups are really something worth listening to, and certainly worth playing. The turntable controller isn't perfect, but it's good enough to experience a vast majority of the game and love every single second of it. With every session I pick the controller up for, it becomes harder and harder to put the game down - it's that good.
  17. Overall polished to near-perfection, this is the next step in music games. [Dec 2009, p.84]
  18. Your total enjoyment will of course hinge on your love of the artists cobbled together, but there's no denying that DJ Hero's gameplay triumphs over all else, and in the end secures its place as the breakout music game of this year.
  19. 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.
  20. If you can swing the $120 for the whole package, go for it--it may not be exactly like real DJing, but if you're into the scene, it's a helluva good time. [Holiday 2009, p.78]
  21. A surprise package, impossible to write-off as a gimmick: utterly and totally addictive. [Dec 2009, p.68]
  22. 100
    As much fun as Guitar Hero - and perfect for any party. The music is great, but we miss some more game modes.
  23. DJ Hero is an exciting and brilliantly realised package, and while it may not offer the fantastic co-op experience of some of its contemporaries, its slick gameplay and fantastic presentation make it a must-have title in an overcrowded genre.
  24. If you like the Guitar Hero games there’s a good chance you’ll love DJ Hero and I recommend it as probably the best music game I’ve ever played.
  25. It's absolutely the new generation of the Hero franchise - I just don't think the general public is ready yet.
  26. 93
    Hands-down, it's the most exciting, refreshing music game we've played in ages and, whether on or off the decks, DJ Hero succeeds admirably in its goal to bring people together to party - and isn't that what music's all about?
  27. DJ Hero has managed to take the rhythm action genre yet another step forward with it's smart and simplified DJ controls and delightful remixes. This is the easiest way to feel like a real DJ right now without having to pursue such a career.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »