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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
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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. 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.
  3. The mixer-turntable controller is very responsive and as a peripheral, it is of a high quality.
  4. In the meantime, if scratching vinyl appeals to you, or you enjoy this style of music, you should absolutely give DJ Hero a spin.
  5. Top-class music game with great tunes and difficulty levels to suit beginners and experts alike. Shame about the 'aspirational' pricing. [Winter 2009, p.50]
  6. 85
    DJ Hero is almost a breath of fresh air in an already overcrowded genre. The rhythm game is becoming too much of a business and this really feels like it was designed with a lot of passion for the music.
  7. The gameplay is unique and engaging for those interested in it, if marred by some control issues. There's a lot of content and personality here and a well built game, but guitar heroes probably won't fall into the groove right away.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Fred
    Dec 19, 2009
    Awesome fun! Thought this was going to be a game for our teens to play when I took mama out for a date night, but I find myself dreaming of becoming the next Crystal Method! Give it a go! Expand
  2. WeaverG
    Dec 17, 2009
    DJ Hero is a much needed breath of fresh air in the music game genre. I love the sheer volume and variety of tracks out of the box - more than Guitar Hero and Rock Band. However, I have two complaints. DJ Hero needs to allow for multiple profiles to allow unlocking new content for everyone. The lack of SD card support is a major failure - it was available in Guitar Hero 5! Regardless of the shortcomings, DJ Hero is a blast to play and has music for just about anyone. Expand
  3. TrentO
    Oct 27, 2009
    A couple hours in, the game itself is a ton of fun. My biggest gripe with the Wii version is having to shove the Wiimote into the peripheral to make it work. For one thing, it doesn't fit properly (the door won't close once it's in), and for another, how can Activision charge the same price for the Wii deck when it doesn't even have wireless or power built in like the 360 or PS3 versions? Expand
  4. Aug 2, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I bought the second DJ HERO game before this one, and it's much better, but this one's worth playing...if you are fine with unlocking all the songs before you are allowed to play them. Expand
  5. JimmusM
    Oct 29, 2009
    Horrible stuff. Sure, it's solid, technically; and the turntable peripheral is interesting and well-made. It's just NOT FUN, and feels more like an electronic game of Simon or Bop-it with a musical slant. There are some interesting (I didn't say all good) mixes of various songs, but throwing a scratch or fade-out only on-command doesn't really allow any creativity, with the exception of using a custom sample in a set. Unless you have aspirations of being a Dj, I think you can give this game a pass. Expand