DJ Hero 2 Xbox 360

Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 66 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. 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.
  5. Oct 20, 2010
    93
    Overall, the game looks like it has been rebuilt from the ground up. The removal of the guitar portions, a slick new interface, a more evenly distributed soundtrack, and a few new tricks to keep you on your toes make this a far more polished product.
  6. Dec 16, 2010
    91
    The game may not come with a red hat, but it makes me feel like a DJ nonetheless.
  7. Dec 16, 2010
    91
    With all these improvements and more, over the award winning original, DJ Hero 2 and Activision have set the bar for the competition and claimed itself to be the undisputed king of the wheels of steel.
  8. 90
    DJ Hero 2 is the best rhythm game I've played in a long, long time. The soundtrack is boss, and the new freestyle sections are an awesome addition. Rather than just hitting buttons in time with the music, DJ Hero 2 actually makes you feel as if you have a degree of control of what comes out of the speakers. I'd much rather play with plastic turntables than plastic guitars at this point.
  9. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    In every way, DJ Hero 2 is an exceptional successor, and a great rhythm game for this year.
  10. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    Not only is DJ Hero 2 a better game, but it also has better music, better graphics, and is somehow even more addictive than the first.
  11. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 21, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero number two succeeded on all fronts. Great mixes, comfortable controls and new gameplay elements make it the best choice for both casual and veteran gamers. [Dec 2010]
  12. Dec 16, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero 2 improves upon its predecessor in every way.
  13. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Dec 16, 2010
    90
    Perhaps still a step away from its freeform goal, but maintains a satisfying illusion of creativity throughout. [Issue#65, p.84]
  14. 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.
  15. Oct 28, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero 2 improves upon the original with new freestyling, good online gaming, fun customization and a wonderful career mode. Free Style Games has done enough quality work here to warrant a purchase and one can only hope enough people purchase it to warrant a third edition.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Oct 25, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero 2's gameplay is better, the mixes are fantastic and getting the ability to creatively control your own freestyles make it an experience worth exploring. It's extremely gratifying to cut back and forth between two songs at your own discretion and create something that sounds simply awesome.
  19. 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.
  20. Oct 24, 2010
    90
    Perhaps it's time for the older boys to check out the new kid on the block for inspiration, because DJ Hero 2 owns the music scene.
  21. 90
    The main reason you'll keep returning to DJ Hero 2 is for a love of the music. Simply playing along with any of the tunes in the game is a thoroughly entertaining experience - particularly when you get the chance to commandeer the crossfader or perform some freestyle scratching and sampling.
  22. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    Pick up DJ Hero 2 as it's easily the best rhythm game released so far this year and quite possibly a contender for my favorite rhythm game ever.
  23. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    DJ Hero 2 is the freshest thing in rhythm gaming right now, a lifeline for people bored of guitars and drums and genre veterans craving the purer, simpler rhythm-action kick of a pre-Guitar Hero world.
  24. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    In a genre where "improvement" is typically defined by how many new elements can be introduced between sequels, DJ Hero 2 relies on building upon the fundamentals of what made the first game so great. That's a pretty risky decision -- after all, it would be easier to sell the game on its newness if it came bundled with a theremin attachment -- but in terms of raw enjoyment, it's a decision that pays big, big dividends.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Oct 25, 2010
    89
    Activision has expanded on the original DJ Hero game and even though some parts have been streamlined, it does not limit the gameplay whatsoever. The empire mode is a fun way to learn the ropes of the game and it gives you some incentive to complete the game but best of all, the track listing is truly sensational and as they were more mainstream than the original, I enjoyed them quite more.
  28. Oct 20, 2010
    89
    It would have been easy to just pull together another list of mashups and call it day, but DJ Hero 2 has gone above and beyond the typical music game sequel. From the engaging head-to-head options and easy going party play to the increased emphasis on player creativity, it's an improved experience all around.
  29. Oct 20, 2010
    89
    DJ Hero 2 is a significant improvement on last year's original title.
  30. 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.
  31. Dec 16, 2010
    88
    With a great set of mixes, a better line-up of artists and DJs, and with its progressive Empire career mode, there is enough here to keep your body swaying and your toes tapping. If you already have a set of decks from the first game and you are wondering if it is worth picking this title up, then I would certainly recommend it if you enjoyed the previous title - you will definitely enjoy this second outing a lot more.
  32. 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.
  33. Oct 22, 2010
    88
    One thing is for certain, DJ Hero 2 is a step up from last year's DJ Hero game. Stronger visuals, better soundtrack, improved controls and an engaging single player experience all lends itself to a game that is a must buy for fans of the franchise.
  34. 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!
  35. Dec 21, 2010
    85
    It is a great example of what this genre can offer.
  36. Dec 21, 2010
    85
    Those who have their turntable controllers gathering dust in the cupboard will also be pleased to hear that Activision have hardly changed the peripherals and they will work perfectly with the sequel.
  37. Dec 16, 2010
    85
    Ultimately, all you want to know is whether DJ Hero 2 is better than the original (which was by all accounts a fantastic game) and if you should buy it. Quite simply, the answer to both is, as the mighty Flavor Flav would say… YEEEAAHHH BOYEEEE!!
  38. 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.
  39. Dec 16, 2010
    85
    If you are a big fan of the original DJ Hero 1 then there is no question to be asked at all... go out and buy DJ Hero 2 right now. It's more of the same, but better.
  40. Official Xbox Magazine
    Dec 16, 2010
    85
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  41. Oct 27, 2010
    85
    More of a refinement than a revolution, but that doesn't stop DJ Hero 2 from being a truly brilliant and worthwhile addition to the rhythm action scene.
  42. Oct 24, 2010
    85
    Excellent music and new creative opportunities make DJ Hero 2 one of the hottest rhythm games on the scene.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. Oct 20, 2010
    85
    This is still the best soundtrack of any music game, though, and the mash-ups remain impressive as hell.
  46. Oct 26, 2010
    83
    Catchy mixes, impressive visuals, and a much improved career mode make DJ Hero 2 worth checking out.
  47. 83
    A brilliant tracklist, excellent multiplayer modes and Freestyle elements are a hit, but single-player could still be improved.
  48. Games Master UK
    Dec 16, 2010
    82
    Fantastic mixes and new multiplayer imrove the DJ Hero formula, but it's still not perfect. [Issue#232, p.86]
  49. games(TM)
    Jan 20, 2011
    80
    Acing a mix is as satisfying and enjoyable as ever. [Issue#102, p.98]
  50. 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.
  51. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Dec 28, 2010
    80
    Very solid, if slightly unspectacular. [Jan 2011, p.81]
  52. 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.
  53. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    DJ Hero 2 is a nice step forward for the series, but it's not a giant leap by any stretch.
  54. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    Ultimately, DJ Hero 2 is a solid and polished sequel, and hopefully an omen of even greater turntable-based games to come.
  55. 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.
  56. Oct 26, 2010
    80
    It's a system that very naturally sets up some excellent multiplayer modes, and this is one of an elite few that can truly even the odds between players at different difficulty levels.
  57. Oct 26, 2010
    80
    For our money, this is the best rhythm-action game money can buy – it would be a travesty if it failed to find an audience this time around.
  58. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    The best new music title for years and a significant improvement on the first game, with almost every complaint from the original addressed.
  59. 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.
  60. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    Not as good tracklist as the previous game, but still a hell of a lot of scratching fun.
  61. 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.
  62. Oct 28, 2010
    79
    Unfortunately for us, DJ Hero seems to be going the same way as the rest of the Hero brand, with little to no innovation upon the last iteration. The freestyle sections are a great addition, the new track list isn't as inspired as the original's and the Empire mode is a complete waste of time. Don't get us wrong, it's still fun, but it's starting to wear a little thin already.
  63. 79
    When I first played the original DJ Hero, I was floored by how addictive and entertaining it was, and while the sequel doesn't hold with it that same essence of surprise it is a vastly improved outing.
  64. 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.
  65. Oct 24, 2010
    70
    Still efficient, this second episode offers a good tracklist, full of electro, dance and hip hop mixes, and a technical gameplay, but easier to grip than it seems for newcomers.
  66. 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.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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, personallyit 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! Full Review »
  2. 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 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!! Full Review »
  3. 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 musicThis 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. Full Review »