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I am not a gaming person, as I dread whenever my boyfriend comes home and mentions a game of Fifa or Call of Duty online with his friends.
We went out shopping, and he was looking at the DJ Hero in GAME.. about £85.00... I was thinking.."Not something else for your Playstation3".. there was an offer at the time on Guitar Hero.. but he ist into that kind of music Genre so I convinced him there isnt any point.
A couple of months later, I was out looking for a present for him to say thanks in helping me through my stressful birth of our son. I was walking past HMV and seen "DJ HERO NOW ONLY £49.99".. I had a £10 gift card for there so once I had purchased it, it came to £39.99- to me a good bargain!!
I wrapped it up and waited for him to come home from work..
He Loved It!!
Once he figured out how to use it, he was off on it.. before I knew it, it was 10pm!!
For someone who doesnt like video games it took me by suprise.. I was then hooked. It tests your hand and eye co-ordination. You have to press 1 out 3 of the colours in a certain way.. and basically copy what comes up on the screen. The idea is to show you how to mix songs and to scratch the deck. The levels control how fast and how complcated the game is, I stuck with beginner, but as lads have an eye for that kind of stuff.. he got himself to Expert- something my eyes couldnt even keep up with!! We both enjoy playing on this, and was well worth the money I paid. It reminds me a little of the dance mat when i was younger. dance what comes up on screen. This game you can sit comfortably with the turntable on your knee- and WIRELESS- CONNECTS BY INFARED!
The choice of music on this, is never ending. The better you get, the more albums/music lists you unlock! Genre is a mixture between R&B, Hip Hop, Garage & Dance.
Just three simple buttons, and two controlls at the side- 1 for the medium level upwards when the 3 lines on screen jump nearer or away, and that control allows you to change lines... another control is for tuning the music from high-low.. this starts from beginner level.. and is shown when to use it.
Once you have kept in sequence so many times.. you can use a button called EUPHORIA which collects you more points and also when kept in sequence for a long time you can use the 'rewind' which is just a spin of the disk!!
A very good game for all the family.. as my 12 yr old sister had a go of ours and went out and bought herself one.. and has my mum and dad on it!
Bearing in mind that I have never played games like guitar hero or band hero, mainly because of the music type involved, I must say that I am now addicted to DJ hero after a short play. I have bought the Renegade edition therefore I will only be doing a review for the game itself and not the peripherals.
For those who are not familiar with these types of games, you essentially time corresponding button press with those that appear on screen. However these game types require additional motions (mimic a guitar for Guitar Hero, Drums for Band Hero etc), for DJ hero you have a turn table with 3 buttons, a slider to the left hand side called the cross fader, another separate button and with what appear like a volume control. For DJ hero, as you can imagine you perform moves like a real DJ against a wide range of mixes (created by DJs all around the world) and try to earn the highest score (receiving stars out of 5 to unlock new mixes).
You will be scratching, cross fading, rewinding, manipulating audio streams all the way to the top. I am no DJ but with different difficulty setting for any song/mixes, anyone can enjoy what this game has to offer, the majority of the mixes are well put together and will be great at a party whilst also having fun at playing a game. There are a few mixes which don't sound like they should go together but I suppose it depends on a persons music taste. You are able to play with a friend if there is another turntable and there are also mixes which allow for a guitar to be used (although personally I don't think the mix sounds very good).
There is a tutorial to help you get started and use to the controls so play this first if your new to this, after the tutorial you can go and perform in a variety of places, essentially choosing which scene you want with a automatically generated playlist which you must perform to. You will be rated out of 5 stars for each mix which will allow you to unlock more scenes, avatars, avatar accessories, decks on so on.
The music is varied across, RnB, dance, rock, punk and many more catering for many music tastes, and there is the opportunity to create custom playlist after unlocking all the mixes. At times however the game did seem to jump making me miss a button press but im not sure whether its due to the game itself or my disk drive, it has only happened twice out of a 2 hour play.
I would say that this game is great to play at a party and with friends but still very much enjoyable to play by yourself. Obviously it's not the same as to being a real DJ but you can still pretend and enjoy it, as this is what these games are made for, it is a shame that you cannot create your own mixes by choosing two of your own songs, maybe this may appear in DJ hero 2. The equipment is quite expensive but if you look around different websites, you may be able to pick the standard edition for around £60, I manage to buy the Renegade edition (which is a better made deck, the box can turn into a table stand and an exclusive Jay Z and Eminem music CD) for £78 at www.everythingplay.com which I think was a bargain compared to other places.
Like many I was worried that this might not live up to my expectations. I like my dance music and have enjoyed GH, Rock Band et al and was nervous this might disappoint. Well the good news is that it didn't. Me and the missus spent a fair few hours playing this over Christmas and after a couple of hours, really got into the swing of things.
I've played around on a mates decks and this is nothing like it, plus there is no tricky beat matching. This is a pure and simple, press the buttons in the right order type affair but still enjoyable. I'm never going to find the time to actually DJ well but this game allowed me to pretend I was a pro, after a couple of hours.
You can play through all the artists and their bonus tracks in an hour or so but the fun is trying to better you best score or up the difficulty level. I was a bit annoyed that there is no two-player game (unless you pay out for another deck) and I haven't yet gone online.
Overall this is a fun game and excellent to play in larger groups. I hope they make more tracks available to download.
What can I say! DJ Hero, you rock! Awesome game!
I recently bought DJ Hero because a friend had recommended it and told me I should try it. At first I was a bit hesitant as the music on it was perhaps not really to my taste in music. I like a good mix of music but was unsure about the type of music used in this game. I have to say that having played the game, it's so catchy!!
A lot of the music is by artists that I'd normally not want to listen to, but in this game the tracks actually sound really good. :P You use a turntable controller that can be sat on your knees and you have to scratch, mix and crossfade your way through around 90 different mixes.
The controls themselves are fairly easy and I managed to go straight into medium mode and do decently, however, some of the advance hard and expert mode skills are harder to master.
The graphics are of a similar quality to the guitar hero games, as you would expect, but the only difference is that your character has a set of decks in this game! The music in the game ranges from Jackson 5 songs, to Rhianna and so a wide variety of mixes are available.
One aspect of the game I thought was quite cool was that Grandmaster Flash teaches you how to play xD. Old Skool Rapper come DJ dude! The trophies are fairly hard to get in this game, if that is why you want it, but overall, it's a really fun party game and once you get the hang of it you won't want to put it down.
This is the latest installment of the Activision publishers and its great fun.
They first came to the scene with there guitar hero (which was endless hours of fun and rocking out!!!), band hero (which i'm sure is good) and also published games like Call of Duty, Crash Bandicoot which i didnt know about until now. This lastest edition without a doubt is another to add to the long list of great games.
Well first off when buying the game for around £90 (yes £90), you are given a box. In that box contains the game and your new turntable and a connection socket.
Setting up this game like all the other versions of this poplar franchise is easy. All you do is plug in the connection socket to the PS3 via usb, press the PS3 sign on your turntable, insert disc and your off your way. O if only connecting real turntables was this easy!
First off the actual device. It comes with a turntable, cross fader and effects dial. it also comes with the 'euphoria' button. Unlike in guitar hero you can shake your decks to gain this mode so they have a button for it. It also has a simple 3 buttons instead of the 5 of guitar hero. I'm guessing this is to save abit of space or make it abit easier. You'll have to ask them. Thats about it for the turntable.
Now that i'm connected i'm off the play to the height of my DJ'in in the biggest venue, my living room! First off you have to go through a tutorial. The background looks like your in your bedroom, all messy and wires all over the place.
Its starts off with the basics and an optional advanced tutorial. From pressing the buttons on time, scratching (hold the button used and let go when finished), to using the fader on time and the effects dial to your advantage. it firsts shows you with a little picture on your decks and a hand and gives you a demo and what happening. Its then your turn. If you do well, it will say excellent or well done and you can proceed to the next tutorial, if you dont then you'll have to do it again. it then talks about how you get into euphoria mode and how to use it. You simply press the button WHEN its flashing which next to the effect dial. It also shows you when to use your shout outs (where the DJ usually says sometinhg during his set like 'CHECK THIS OUT'). When your done with the basic tutorial you can proceed to advance tutorial and leave and go striaght to the game. I opted for that option.
You can choose from a number of options. Single player, career, multiplayer (you against your mates to see whos the best). there are also 10 specifically made tracks so you can bring on the guitar into aswell if you want which i'm going to try very soon. There also an option for a mic but it doesnt gain any points. i guess they just put it there for the sake of it.
When you select where you want to play, you can then proceed to picking your character. the game starts off with four but you can unlock more when you gain a certain amount of stars. You then can pick his/her clothing, the type of headphones they use, the turntable of your choice and even the style too. You can also choose your type of shout out you want to. You then proceed to you game.
You will usually play 3 sets. Before you start you are asked which way you prefer to mix, towards the left or right. The setup of the game is the same as the other versions of the game. The three streams are in the middle and are very easy to follow. Your points bar is on the right hand side along with what looks like lightbulbs on the top part. When these light up you will gain stars. You can gain a max of 5 for each set you do. Try get as many as you can so you can unlock more things for your DJ and unlock more venues and different gigs. The points mutliplier is on the right hand side of the stream and the euphoria status is on the left hand side of the stream. There is also a rewind symbol on the top part of the mutiplier and will turn green when you can rewind.
All in all this is great. Everything is really simple to navigate and use. The tunes and the mixes are really cool and some are up to date tunes which i really like. I get into proper DJ mode and feel like i'm part of it when scratching up the big tunes. The only nag i have with this is that IN my opinion the turntable is abit small and so everything is pretty close together. I now and again have abit of a problem scratching the button closest to the middle of the turntable but that can be down to my not having a proper DJ finger. But all in all a verty very good game.
You can buy this on all the current platforms (PS3, PS2, Wii, Xbox) and prices vary from £84 (Tesco) to about £150 (Renegade version for Xbox). I would recommend this to all and for those guitar hero fans a must for the collection.