Generally favorable reviews - based on 72 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  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. Compared to Activision’s other music game franchise, DJ Hero isn’t for everyone since it targets a small specific group of people/gamers: those who have a disc jockey background or those who always dreamt to be one. Regardless of this, we have to applaud Activision’s willingness and audaciousness to introduce a new product. DJ Hero deserves a serious look.
  3. 93
    DJ Hero is a beautifully structured experience that understands the rhythm-action genre thoroughly enough to appeal directly to progression-obsessed fans, yet knows how to juggle its goods to offer a music experience that's never frustrating and wears its unpretentious accessibility with pride.
  4. DJ Hero is a fun rhythm music game that actually works quite well out of the box and although it won't have the mass appeal of Guitar Hero or Rock Band, it's still an addictively entertaining game that contains quite a decent track listing.
  5. When you're interacting with music in a way you never have before, you'll want to slap yourself for even giving the idea of emptying your wallet a second thought. [Christmas 2009, p.104]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. DJ Hero is an exciting new addition to the scene and one you won’t want to miss out on.
  9. It has its flaws. The table feels plastic, the career mode is way too thin and there are no alternative game modes. Except that the game is fantastic with 93 tracks and an amusing control. A music game has never got me this hooked before.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. In short, DJ Hero is just what the music game genre needs- a breath of fresh air, a taste of new music, and a style all its own.
  15. If you’ve grown stale of the band games out there or simply want something new to try and love the music genre, I completely recommend DJ Hero without hesitation.
  16. DJ Hero is a breath of fresh air in the music game genre and we really feel FreeStyleGames has done a great job.
  17. 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.
  18. A fantastic-action game that seamlessly integrates its controller in the same way as Guitar Hero did. [Issue#52, p.80]
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Despite some lacking multiplayer and an awkward menu screen, the actual DJ experience is as lifelike - and fun - as video games have ever achieved. Don't let the high price tag turn you off of the freshest music game since the original Guitar Hero.
  22. Getting the music right was crucial, but so is the gameplay, and the developers really nailed it.
  23. A stunning music game. [Jan 2010, p.72]
  24. DJ Hero is one of the most refreshing, original games we've played in quite a while. Its addictive gameplay mechanics help it transcend its music and setting, resulting in a game that everyone will enjoy.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Since it came into the office it has taken over as the number one requested “party game” when people stop by, even if those gamers are not what most would consider hardcore. It has the ability to reach into the core of nearly anyone and bring out that experience that games of this type should result in.
  28. Great songs are presented in enjoyable remixes. This game is for everyone who has always wanted to put hands up on the turntables him- or herself.
  29. DJ Hero has won the bet! It is indeed possible to enjoy the “Guitar Hero formula” while scratching and mixing like a real DJ.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Nov 17, 2010
    I ended up getting this game like a month late, but I LOVE this game. I don't play this game as much as DJ Hero 2 or the L4D games, but this game had some unforgettable tracks and loved how you get to choose your dj, venue, turntable, and etc. I'd recommend this to anyone, it's great fun. Full Review »
  2. Sep 30, 2010
    A very fun game if you really are into hip-hop, such as Mobb Deep, ODB, Jay-Z, Eminem etc. Though the game doesn't deliver to its fullest because of some poor mixes that sound bad. Rihanna's voice is after a while very tiring, and some of the rock songs doesn't fit in to the DJ-ing. The game may seem very easy on medium difficulty after a while, but brings a large struggle on the expert level. All in all, a good game where you and your friends can have days of fun. Full Review »