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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: 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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  1. Aug 2, 2011
    6
    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

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