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  • Summary: Activision's turntable-based rhythm game is coming back for an encore.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. Dec 16, 2010
    95
    Ultimately, DJ Hero 2 is a rare game that delivers exactly what it promises and does it exceedingly well. It's not quite perfect, but it does improve on the original effort in a number of noticeable ways.
  2. 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.
  3. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    In every way, DJ Hero 2 is an exceptional successor, and a great rhythm game for this year.
  4. Oct 24, 2010
    85
    Excellent music and new creative opportunities make DJ Hero 2 one of the hottest rhythm games on the scene.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. Oct 25, 2010
    60
    Even though we weren't expecting this DJ Hero 2 to make new waves in the music games genre, we'd hoped it would fix some of the flaws of the original. But it isn't. In the end, this new title can be summed up to a new musical selection with but a few minor additions, some of those being dispensable (freestyle and singing). A title that will still appeal to the rich fans of the original, if only for its new tracklist, but still smells like laziness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 17, 2010
    10
    This game is simply amazing. I do think the actual graphics menu and stuff was not really as artistic has the Dj Hero 1 one, but that's a minor detail. The music on this game is simply amazing for most of the tracks, I love the minor story add they did and I love some of the new versus modes they came up with. I'm so glad i pre-ordered this game and i love playing it. Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2010
    9
    This game is leaps and bounds better than the first DJ Hero. I loved the first DJ hero because it was a breath of fresh air in the music genre, and DJH2 does not fail to disappoint. With the new added features of the freestyle scratches, cross-fading sections, it adds to the familiar solid gameplay that was so solid in the first one. Are there areas of improvement? Yes. The empire mode could have better, the experience could feel more like you are an actual DJ playing in new areas. It still feels like all they did was change the club, the experience of being a DJ feels lost. Another thing I that was lost from the first was the use of older rock songs. In DJH2 it mainly consists of rap and pop songs, which is not a bad thing I wish they would have had more rock songs mixed with pop songs. All in all this game is what the music genre needs. After DJ Hero 1 came out and shocked everyone by how fresh the gameplay was, DJ Hero 2 did not fail to live up to expectations, and far surpassed my expectations, and I cannot wait till the next one so it can improve on the few short comings that DJ Hero 2 has. Expand
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    9
    I totally agree with what Moss4life says. DJ Hero 2 is great, but the only thing it's missing is the classic oldskool hits from the original. I think the boss battles and megamixes added are incrediable and the graphics have a bit more shine to them than the original. Don't think I'm ever going to touch the "sing-a-long" microphone option though so Freestyle feel free to drop it off of DJ hero 3. If you have the original def by this now (Best song. 1st Megamix with Informer vs ABC) please please dont ever make the sequel 3D either!! Expand
  4. Oct 25, 2010
    9
    it is better in every way from the first game, the one bone i have to pick is the tracklist us much more mainstream than the first, personally this is a downer for me, and the fact they dont feature as many real djs like in the last game. but still its awesome! Expand
  5. Dec 13, 2013
    6
    To me, DJ hero 2 was decent yet the replay-ability is just not realistic without the continued purchase of new tracks. It is fun for a group of non gamers to pass around for an hour while drinking among a party but I can honestly say i've taken this game out of the cabinet only 4 times, and one of those times was to control a dvd menu with the turntable because I couldn't find my controller. Not to mention nobody will buy this game for resale so i'm stuck with brief memories and an awkward remote control that kills batteries. Expand