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Manufacturer: Activision / Genre: Music / Release Date: Oct 2009

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      17.02.2011 23:03

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      6/10 - worth buying, only if you're patient.

      DJ Hero - More like DJ Zero.

      The title could be a little bit misleading, I would rate DJ Hero a mere 6 out of 10, simply because it is so hard to find a multiplayer game. The play list of '93 Original Mixes' does contain some decent songs, songs which I will play and often find myself uncontrollably nodding my head, but some of the songs are awful.

      The decks are easy to get used to using, but the problem I often have is getting the cross-fader into the middle of the slot; so when I will be playing, the cross fader will randomly move depending on its position, often ruining a points multiplier.

      The game is good, but often annoying. It gets frustrating trying to do well and get high scores when the cross fader will slide for no apparent reason - but bearable.
      I will say that for the current price of £49.99, it's over-rated, but it's definitely worth a buy if you'd like to experiment with it, or you like button calibration games.

      KillTheDirector
      6/10

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      24.06.2010 02:15
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      4/5

      Being a music fan i had to get this just for the pure fun of it and fun it is!

      DJ hero comes as an alternative to lets say rock haters like myself, i'm not really into the whole rocking out on a guitar but i do love a bit of scratching (dj premier, dj q-bert etc). after seeing a few videos of the game play and how it works i decided to give it a go.

      It features 93 mixes from a various amount of artists including, jay-z, eminem, foo fighters, daft punk and loads more with a variety of music preference, hip-hop, rock, club etc.

      Game itself

      Starting off in dj hero is easy, you start off in training and work your way up unlocking extra mixes by earning stars on the difficulty settings -

      beginner
      novice
      medium
      hard
      expert

      Each difficulty level has a star meter, the better you do the more stars, simple, thankfully you don't have to earn 5 stars on every mix in expert to be able to unlock every song, its just achievements after that point.

      Gameplay -

      It isn't easy to get used to DJ hero straight away, the beginner bit is simple by just pressing a button and on the odd occasion moving the slider but progressing up to hard/expert takes some time and getting use to, you cant simply jump into it and expect 5 stars as it wont happen which makes the game more fun and challenging.

      The response of the turntable to game is spot on but for some TV's you might have to collaborate the controller but on my LCD i didn't have to.

      There are plenty of characters to choose both famous and computer made, the famous ones include DJ Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ AM, DJ Shadow, Daft Punk and DJ Z-Trip the others are random built for the game characters that i cant remember the names of. It would of been nice to create your own character but the only things for customizing are the turntables which can also have different skins and headphones that cant have skins hopefully this will be a new feature in DJ Hero 2.

      Overall

      Ive enjoyed DJ hero a lot and still do, i'm still trying to battle getting 5 stars on expert which makes the game more worthwhile and exciting, id recommend it to any rock band/music lover (or anyone who likes a challenge.)

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      18.02.2010 17:15
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      Not my cup of joe

      So far this DJ Hero seems to have some great reviews on it, Im afraid Im going to break the trend and say I don't think its worth all the hype.

      My friend bought this game round my hosue so to be fair I do not own it myself, but have played a fair few hours on it. You start as obviously a DJ and have an option to be only one DJ until you unlock more characters. The lessons to learn are pretty simple and it talks/shows you through the steps. They are done pretty quickly and it doesn't take long to get into the real action.

      When you start on the first level you have to earn points to unlock things which makes sense, its how most games are structured, with getting money or cash to unlock new levels or features. The Music is good, the remixes sound good, the tunes are up to date and they're mixed pretty well, Im surprised some of them haven't been released as singles.

      What I am dissapointed with is the depth to the game, there is not much to do other than press buttons and spin the turntable to tracks, it all seems rather limited to make a game of it, also as far as I am aware, you can't choose your own tracks to mix together, that would be a massive upside to this game if you could, please someone correct me if Im wrong in this point.


      I am not all that keen on this game to be 100% honest and after having played on my friends version, I will not be buying it.

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      24.01.2010 15:04
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      Buy it if you can afford it!

      DJ Hero, is quite simply fantastic. I was extremely interested in this game, but due to the high price-tag had to hold off until price cuts/christmas. Luckily, both came at the same time!

      The game is extremely similar to the Guitar Hero franchise in that you had coloured dots travelling towards you on a 'highway' but DJ Hero adds more than just pressing buttons to the mix. There are three new sections that you won't be familiar if you've played guitar hero.

      1. Scratching - a series of arrows come towards you and you have to 'scratch' in time to them.

      2. Freestyle - a long section will appear in the middle 'track' on the highway - during this section you can trigger a series of samples to your liking, chosing both the samples and the timing involved.

      3. Effects - during sections you have an orange bar above certain parts. During this section, you can turn the effects knob which applies a sweepable EQ filter to the current section. This is is similar to the 'whammy' on GH, but not the same.

      Overall, this game is really fun. It's really easy to get used to, but extremely hard to master - also, this game gets hard... FAST. There are a few songs on medium that are absolutely killer (Foo Fighters vs. Beastie Boys, and Scratch Perverts - Groundhog). Although the songs are hard, unlike GH, it's impossible to fail a song. This means that you play through the entire song no matter how bad you are doing. This is definitely a bonus as you can finish the song with a decent amount of stars if you only have one bad section for example.

      This game is extremely fun - if you can afford the high price tag - then buy it!

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      20.01.2010 00:30
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      So much fun!

      When this first came out I have to say I wasn't interested. I own Rockband and Guitar hero, I wasn't convinced that this was going to offer much more to justify the pricetag. I was wrong, I tried it at a friends house over Christmas and it was just so much fun, the next day I had to have it! The music is great, very uplifting and it is quite challenging as you move from the medium to hard levels (Im not sure I will ever be ready for expert!). Great to play on your own and with friends. It offers a clever twist on the pre-existing game/music genre, and has the bonus feature of being able to use the guitar alongside the turntable. This adds variety and offers a simultaneous multiplayer aspect. There is also the option to download additional song packs from xbox live in exchange for microsoft points expanding the game beyond the disk!

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      19.01.2010 17:09
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      Something different from all the Guitar Hero games, but expensive.

      DJ Hero

      With the music genre becoming overcrowded in 2009, it was going to take something special to be stand-out. The Beatles: Rock Band stood out with its unique visual style, fantastic music and dedication to being a great Beatles tribute, while Guitar Hero 5 made it easier on the party with Party play and other features to make it more accessible. Coming from Freestyle games, DJ Hero, a spin-off of the Guitar Hero series, brings a new instrument to the table and makes an impression, but does it stand out or should Activision have stuck with the Guitar Hero franchise?

      DJ Hero comes with one bundle, considering it's the first of its kind and doesn't really work with other instruments. What you do get is a brand new music controller. This DJ deck, considering it's the first of its kind, is well built. It's comprised of three buttons on the spinning disc, a crossfade bar and several buttons resembling the buttons on a standard Xbox 360 controller. Its wireless, which is great, but obviously it eats through batteries especially at long parties. The controller responds for the most part, however spinning the deck in a circle will result in losing your combo for some reason, and the crossfade bar can be somewhat finicky.

      DJ Hero's gamely is essentially like the Guitar Hero franchise. A highway comes down the screen and you must hit the notes. Notes gain points, and as you hit successive notes, a multiplier begins to form, eventually up to a 4X multiplier. There's also the element of Euphoria, which is basically DJ talk for Star Power, which doubles your multiplier and also happens to automatically cross the crossfader for you, which is good for heavy crossfade situations on Expert but can cause confusion as if the note is on the far right, but your crossfader is not, you will mess up. The other key difference between Guitar Hero and DJ Hero is that you can't fail on DJ Hero, instead if you mess up badly, you can get 1 and 2 star performances, which in essence is like real DJ playing because bad mixes wouldn't get you booed off the stage like a bad performance from a rock band.

      The difficulty level is similar to the Guitar hero franchise where you have beginner, easy, medium, hard and expert. Beginner and easy definitely help anyone gradually learn the ropes of this new Rhythm game, but much like Guitar Hero, the jump from Medium to hard becomes incredibly steep. If you check out some youtube videos for DJ Hero on expert, you'll see how much skill it requires to do well on DJ hero, and even though I was experienced with Guitar Hero on Expert, I struggled with some songs on DJ Hero on hard. However, anyone with experience with the higher difficulties of Guitar Hero could probably jump into easy or medium as you should be used to the speed of rhythm games, if not then maybe you won't.

      The game here works well, especially with a very good instrument peripheral. Of course DJ Hero needs a strong soundtrack to back up the game, and it's a diverse, interesting and, most importantly, fun tracklist of 93 original mixes created by many, including Grandmaster Flash, Scratch Perverts and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Songs like Queen's We Will Rock You, 2Pac's All Eyes on Me and N.E.R.D.'s Lapdance collide. Each mix feels natural and are enjoyable to play and on top of that there are also a couple of unique songs created by the contributing DJ's like Grandmaster Flash's Boom Boom Tap which tests you skills with the buttons only. There's a nice balance of different genres with rock, rap, and more.

      The game definitely succeeds on the graphics front with a strong sense of being at one of these Clubs which the game is set. Dazzling lighting effects and special lasers, as well as special dancers in the background and extravagant stage designs appeal on the eyes watching in the background. Characters look nicely detailed with some good alternative outfits too which fit in with the style of previous Guitar Hero games in that they're like cartoon characters and fitting to the genre. Sadly there's no create-a-character mode here so what you see is what you get. Some may find using guest characters like Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow and Daft Punk to be enough for them. Of course, with the crazy note charts, you probably won't notice these nice visual touches.

      The problem, unfortunately, with DJ Hero, is that it feels like it's going back to square one with modes and features. Recent Guitar Hero games have featured fully featured career modes with challenges like whammy for 30 seconds during the song. DJ Hero doesn't feature that, as its career mode is a back-to-basics run though the songs, earning stars to unlock characters, decks and more. It's nice that the setlist wasn't necessarily ordered in difficulty with setlists ordered around, say, rap songs but the game's 'career' isn't that interesting. It's not really a career anyway, thanks to a weird menu layout which simply puts the setlists rather than a link to any career mode. Some mixes repeat too, though for some other reason, playing a mix once means you've already played it in another setlist it asks the question why the mix was included twice in the first place.

      There are also the disappointing setups for quickplay and online play. Most games go into a menu for quickplay and you can make quite large setlists. However, on DJ Hero the 'quicklist' feature requires you to select songs (only up to eight) then once you've finished that set, deselect all the songs you've played before and replace them if you wish to play different songs. It's very cumbersome. This same method applies to Xbox Live, where you can play through the sets on the 'career' and your quicklists online. If you host, it's your songs only whereas joining a game means you're forced to play someone elses music. It is a bit bare bones with no co-op except in the form of playing guitar on certain 'rock' songs which feature guitar like a mix featuring 'Ace of Spades'. It's not very interesting and only a handful of songs feature guitar.

      All of these light modes add up to a fairly bare-bones experience. There's promise of more DLC incoming, but when you consider the last pack of DLC came during last November, this promise looks to be a bit thin. It's this which makes the £90 charge for DJ Hero seem much steeper. It's a good £30 more than other single-instrument games and double the price of a retail game for what kind of feels like only half the content. It's this single factor which will make you either buy or not buy DJ Hero. It all depends if you want the experience of DJ Hero because while it is light on modes, it's a new Rhythm experience that is different from countless Guitar Hero games.

      Is DJ Hero good, bad or ugly?

      The music genre has been recently oversaturated with Guitar Hero, Rock Band and other Rhythm games, so DJ Hero comes out at a time where you probably won't care. DJ Hero is a new frontier on the Rhythm genre with its unique new instrument peripheral, and it's quite a fun one though with only two players at a time, not as widespread as Guitar Hero. It also is an expensive one, as it's double the price of retail games for, really, not a whole lot of interesting content to back up this new gameplay. So it comes down to this-do you want to spend £90 for a game which is unique and different, but won't last forever? You may find fun out of getting better at the game, but if you're looking for the ultimate party-starter, seek out Guitar Hero 5 or Rock Band 2.



      Controls: 8

      Gameplay: 8

      Graphics: 8

      Sound: 9

      Value: 6

      Overall: 7.8



      DJ Hero was released on October 30th, 2009 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2 and Wii. It is rated 12+ for language and can be bought for £90. Because it's first of it's kind, there is no single bundle.

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        13.01.2010 10:37
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        Definatky worth getting and playing, can even be used to just play music if your having a party

        Dj Hero is the latest release to be brought out from the same people that brought us guitar hero, and guitar hero world tour with the full band pack.

        I can remember originally hearing about this product and to be honest i was not interested in the slightest i thought that there was no way this could be as good as guitar hero and that it would basically be rubbish so i just shut off and ignored this product from then on until Christmas day.

        On X mas day my brother had been bought Dj Hero and had decided to play on it, wow were my original thoughts wrong, after watching my brother play this all Christmas day i went out on boxing day and bought myself a copy!!!

        The game play is great its a little tricky to get used to at first but after an hour or so it came become second nature, the track list is awesome too, there's so much choice!!!

        You can also pair up a guitar with the DJ Decks and play along with it which is one of my favourite features.

        if your a fan of guitar hero and you like dance music or rap this will defiantly be a hit I promise, it was hard enough work tearing me away from it to write this review.

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          06.01.2010 20:04
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          A great little game...though it cannot live up to Guitar Hero!!!

          DJ Hero

          This Christmas my brother had some money which he had received in gifts from various people and he decided to buy himself DJ Hero for his Xbox console, I must admit I didn't think it was going to anything special, been a big Guitar Hero fan, I didn't think the DJ Hero game could live up to it. Especially when I saw the "set list" of songs which comprised of selections of two songs mixed together (for example a Jay Z song with Jackson 5's I want you back, or The Black Eyed Peas Boom Boom Pow with a dance song). I am a rock music fan more than dance music so I wasn't all that impressed and deemed the game chavvy. That was until I played it.

          Price and Availability

          Ok this is the first thing I am going to talk about seeing as with it been after Christmas there are kids around with their money just waiting to go out and spend it, my brother got the game from Game Station, just before Christmas, for £79.99, the RRP of the game is £99.99, and for this you get the "DJ Decks" which is the instrument which wirelessly connects to the console (it is available on Wii, Xbox and PS3 as well as a special version which is available on DS Lite, but NOT the DSi), and the game itself which you put into the console.
          The game is available in most shops, Tesco was selling it for £64.99 before Christmas which is an amazing price! But you can expect to pay anything up from this price to £100 which is it's RRP, although not many places are selling it at full price anymore!

          The value for money is quite good, the decks are good quality and sturdy, and it feels like it is very well made, and the game can be played and played and played!

          Who is it aimed at?

          The game is very versatile, and is great for anyone from around 8 years old and upwards. My 68 year old dad was even playing it well! It is mainly aimed at the age range of around 12-40 I would say, but there is no age limit on the game, as long as you have the ability to press buttons at the same time as the corresponding colour pops up on screen, you can play!

          Ease of play

          The game has a range of difficulty from "Beginner" which is a very basic play of the game which is very boring for someone who has played the game a few times, but is a great way to get into the game and learn the controls, then an Easy, Medium, Hard and Expert levels. These all have the same songs on the levels, but the difficulty and speed of the game play gets faster and much harder to play! I can't get any further than Medium and even that is a struggle!
          There is a level for everyone on the game from someone who has only just started playing right up to someone who is brilliant at the game!


          The game itself

          The game is great, you are a "DJ" who is going around different venues playing different songs and earing up to 5 stars for each song you play well. To move onto the next level you have to have gained a certain amount of stars, which may require you going back over some of the songs and replaying them to get better points by hitting more marks.

          How to Play
          You simply have a screen on your TV which has 3 stripes, with 3 colours, when a "dot" comes up in a colour on one of the stripes you have to press the corresponding colour on the decks. You also have other challenges like "scratching" when the notes are longer on the screen, and rewinding the song when you have got great points.
          You also have a Euphoria button which you press when you are doing well (this is like Star Power on Guitar Hero), which doubles your points. There is a tutorial which you have to go through before you can progress throughout the game, which teaches you how to play the game, and all the different buttons of twisters which you have to go press and turn and twizzle.


          Multiplayer

          If you have a friend who also has DJ hero, you can both play the game together in a multiplayer option, I have not played this as we only had one DJ Hero deck, so I can't really comment on this, but it is a great idea as it means two people can play the game together if they both have the same game!

          If you have a guitar from Guitar hero, there are a couple of levels on the game where you can connect this up (you can buy a wired guitar from Blockbuster for £12.95!!!) and you can play multiplayer on this too, but this is only in a couple of the levels, but is a great idea if you have a brother or sister who wants to play with you, but you don't have a second set of decks!

          Marks out of 10

          I give this game a 9 out of 10, it lost a point because it is a little expensive to just go out and buy for no reason now Christmas is over, the songs aren't really to my liking and some of them are VERY annoying, it isn't as good as Guitar Hero in my opinion, but that's just me! And when your in a playlist, there is no pause of stop between songs, it just carries on, so if you are playing with someone else, you have to be quick passing the decks over to them! BUT, it is a very fun game, the multiplayer options are great, it increases your hand eye coordination, and it is a different game than the normal car racing games or shooting games which populate kids bedrooms these days!
          Although a little expensive at it's RRP, the game is great value in many shops at around £70, and a perfect birthday gift or something kids can buy with their saved Christmas money!

          All in all a 4.5 out of 5 star game, if the RRP was a little lower and if it came with a stand I would give it 5 out of 5!!!!!!!!! A great game for boys and girls of all ages!

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