Be a DJ Hero! Sounds good. It is.
OVERVIEW -- Activision and Freestylegames brings you a spin-off of the Guitar Hero Series in the form of DJ Hero. It comes with a new turntable peripheral that could easily rival that of the plastic guitar. Is it as good if not better? Possibly
GRAPHICS -- Bright and fluent, the graphics are reminiscent to that of those found in the later Guitar Hero games. In other words, they're great and truly fits the more urban, hip hop style the game focuses on. The only concern may be the flashing lights during gameplay. That's a very minor negative.
SOUND -- The most important factor in any music game is.....well, the music. There are over 80 mixes, each one a fusion between two (normally) completely different songs; from Marvin Gate's "Heard it through the grape vine" + Gorillaz' "Feed Good inc." to Rihanna's "Disturbia" + The trammps "Disco Inferno". some songs like "Feel Good inc." and "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani are overused. even so, every one sounds good to amazing. no wonder; this game won soundtrack of the year a couple of times in 2009.
GAMEPLAY -- hit the coloured buttons you see on the TV on the turntable when they reach the bottom of the highway. when you see a long note, hold the corresponding button down whilst moving the turntable up and down. move the crossfader left and right when a section moves. there are several other techniques in the game, so I won't spoil it for you. Leave it to the useful and interactive tutorial voiced by Grandmaster Flash. Awesome! Each mix isn't too lengthly, lasting 2-5 minutes. You can't fail a mix which is good for newcomers but kinda removes the pressure you had on hitting every note in Guitar Hero. Nevertheless, it is an easy to learn, hard to master game where the more difficult songs on harder settings really pushes your limits. 5 settings helps players settle into/ climb up the games curve. There's no career but gigs containing a list of songs with special songs being unlocked after obtaining enough stars for completing songs. the number of stars you get depends on how well you did. A handful of songs allows you to use the guitar along with the turntable, which is nice gimmick in my opinion. Put simply, once you get good at the game, the fun just increases!
LIFESPAN -- Loads of songs, Downloadable track packs, Online play and the addictiveness of the game in general (of perfecting a mix) makes this a reasonably long, worthwhile experience. Even Better with friends or at parties. Only problem is the online mode is a bit weak, standard versus being the single option.
OVERALL -- This is one of my favourite games of all for the reasons mentioned above. I recommend it to those who love music, love guitar hero and for anybody else interested in the concept. One word: Brilliant!!!