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GameFocus (Nov 09, 2009)
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.
IGN UK (Oct 26, 2009)
Those quibbles aside though, we're full of praise for FreeStyleGames' sterling work on its inaugural franchise debut. 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. Its perfectly-judged difficulty curve ensures there's a richly rewarding sense of accomplishment as you hone your turntable skills and, even if you're just looking for a quick spin, the quality of the game's audio is compelling in itself. Hands-down, it's the most exciting, refreshing music game we've played in ages and, whether on or off the decks, DJ Hero succeeds admirably in its goal to bring people together to party - and isn't that what music's all about?
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. Best of all, downloadable content has been planned for the game and I'm sure that Activision will be releasing additional games in the near future so the initial outlay for the game is well worth it. The star of the game is of course the turntable that manages to successfully capture that authentic DJ feel, so put your baseball cap on backwards, wear those loose clothes and start mixing some hits because there's a new hero in town.
Cynamite (Oct 30, 2009)
Kompliment! Activision hat es geschafft, gleich beim ersten Turntable-Auftritt einen Tophit zu landen. Logisch, dass sich das Mixen und Scratchen anders spielt als die Auftritte als Guitar Hero. Das geniale Konzept aus einfachem Einstieg und großen Herausforderungen bleibt jedoch bestehen. Der Turntable-Controller ist Activision sehr gut gelungen und die Mixes sind teilweise überragend. Für Teil zwei wünsche ich mir einen Karriere-Modus inklusive Blick hinter die DJ-Kulissen sowie einen Freestyle-Modus.
XboxAddict (Nov 04, 2009)
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. It’s not without its faults and I do look forward to the next iteration, but for now I’m quite content being the number 1 DJ in my home for some time to come.
Totally Gaming Network (Nov 03, 2009)
Overall, DJ Hero is a fantastic game and one I highly recommend. The track listing is phenomenal and could be sold as a standalone soundtrack. Much like Guitar Hero and Activision did back on the Playstation 2, DJ Hero has innovated and breathed new life into the music scene. They have delivered not only the next great party game but a game that is just as much fun playing by yourself at home. Hopefully this title will be well supported with downloadable content and new mixes for everyone to try out and enjoy. In a time where everyone is running out of room to store all of their plastic instruments, you will want to be sure to reserve some space for this turntable. DJ Hero is an exciting new addition to the scene and one you won’t want to miss out on.
GameZone (Nov 11, 2009)
DJ Hero is a great game, and a fantastic entry to the music game genre. It’s as original and intuitive as they come, offering proof that innovation in the genre may be down, but not out. If you are at all a fan of electronic music or just curious at how DJ’s work, then definitely check out DJ Hero.
Game Informer Magazine (Oct 27, 2009)
Despite these complaints, 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. This is a great start, and I hope that Activision follows through with robust DLC support. With so much of the classic rock catalog depleted, this genre needs to look to new and creative ways to keep the experience fresh. DJ Hero is a great first step.
DJ Hero reminds me a lot of the first few Guitar Hero games in a lot of ways. A lot of the style of play and features included hearken back to a more simpler time when the focus was more of an arcade-style solo play, and I think this works in the game's favor. There is certainly plenty of room for growth and improvement, but the desire to get more deft with a new controller and nail the more complex mixes brought on a bit of nostalgia for those first few times I picked up a plastic guitar four years ago. A fine first entry to a promising new franchise, Activision has already stated their intention to provide downloadable mix and sample packs relatively soon after launch, and I am already writing up my list of hoped-for features to be included in the inevitable sequel. 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.
3D Juegos (Oct 30, 2009)
DJ Hero es el esperanzador debut de una forma nueva de entender los videojuegos musicales. Si te gusta el género, y la electrónica se cuenta entre tus géneros favoritos no debes perderte esta oportunidad de descubrir una experiencia ciertamente fresca y genuina.
Vandal Online (Oct 30, 2009)
Tras tu primera sesión como DJ la única duda es saber cuál de las mesas personalizadas que seguramente no tardarán en salir vas a utilizar para quitarle al periférico ese aspecto austero de tocadiscos de los años 70. Los aficionados al rock sin duda seguirán prefiriendo los temas de Guitar Hero, pero ahora cualquier puede convertir su salón en una discoteca y una reunión de amigos en una divertida sesión de música.
90 (Oct 30, 2009)
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. It may still be finding its feet in the world, and it certainly has room to improve, but for a first effort it's managed to do almost everything right. If you have a moment to glance up from the rolling vinyl highway you'll see Daft Punk pulling out all the moves you'd expect from a real set, you'll see the characters scratching along exactly to the sound of the mix, and you'll see a vast audience; an audience whose world you really feel you are rocking.
Gamer Limit (Oct 31, 2009)
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.
MS Xbox World (Nov 03, 2009)
The game with turntable is somewhat expensive, however, there really is a lot of content stuffed into the package. If you have even the remotest interest in urban music and/or music games then you need to check DJ Hero out.
IGN (Oct 26, 2009)
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. It's not as full-featured as Rock Band 2 or Guitar Hero 5, but the simpler presentation really works in its favor. Like an '80s arcade, mixmasters will be gunning for those high scores on the leaderboards. A little headroom has been left for improvement with a sequel, particularly in the head-to-head battles and the way leaderboards display scores. But DJ Hero is already the most exciting music game around and is guaranteed to get the party started. To paraphrase Run DMC: gosh darn that DJ made my day.
TeamXbox (Oct 27, 2009)
Personally, I really loved DJ Hero, but I’m prepared to accept that it might not be for everyone. The music may turn you off, or the concept of scratching records may just seem silly to you. Or you might not be willing to shell out over $100 for yet another piece of expensive plastic to clutter up your living room. That’s fine, but understand that DJ Hero is a really fun game that is really well designed from top to bottom, and we really couldn’t ask for that much more.
GameTrailers (Oct 27, 2009)
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. It can be a challenge at first, it's light on options, and there's a lot of headroom for it to expand, but those who see it through will be rewarded and possibly discover a new appreciation for the unsung heroes of the night life in the process.
XboxAchievements (Nov 25, 2009)
A great package with a fantastic peripheral, diverse track list and addictive gameplay mechanics. The only hurdle you may have to overcome is justifying the fairly high price tag, otherwise, it’s a must buy.
Planet Xbox 360 (Oct 27, 2009)
As if there wasn’t enough content on the disc already – being a music video game there is sure to be downloadable content (DLC) making the rounds on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace very soon. DJ Hero is not a cheap investment, but considering the unique perspective it takes on music entertainment and how much fun it is to just sit down a spin a couple digital records I have to fully recommend this game to anyone who is interested. 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. DJ Hero is in stores around the world today – my advice is to save up and make the investment, as the hardware, gameplay, and actual content are all top-notch.
GamingXP (Dec 20, 2009)
DJ Hero bringt uns coole Mash-Ups aus bekannten Songs und eine geniale Turntable-Steuerung. Hier konnte Activision ein modernes Musikgenre sichern. Für alle, die schon immer selbst an den Turntables stehen wollten, ein wahrer Segen. Viel Spaß beim Auflegen!
Game Over Online (Nov 09, 2009)
I haven’t had this much fun with a rhythm game in awhile. 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. It’s the kind of game you’ll lose nights and weekends to as you say to yourself, “just one more mix, one more set list.” When the inevitable sequel drops next holiday (this is Activision we’re talking about), fingers crossed developer FreeStyleGames will include a feature along the lines of Guitar Hero’s Music Studio, whereby players can create their own mixes and mash-ups. A practice mode wouldn’t hurt either. In the meantime, if scratching vinyl appeals to you, or you enjoy this style of music, you should absolutely give DJ Hero a spin.
GamingExcellence (Nov 05, 2009)
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. With its unique angle, attitude, and presentation of an unexplored medium of music making coupled with an absolutely sublime track list and well put together peripheral, DJ Hero is simply a joy to play. Shove over that dusty drum kit, because it’s well worth adding this one more fake plastic instrument to your game collection.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Oct 30, 2009)
DJ Hero macht euch in kürzester Zeit zu einem Vollblut-Mix-Meister. In weniger als fünf Minuten habt ihr das Spielprinzip verstanden und begebt euch in eurer Karriere auf eine völlig neue Spielerfahrung. Dabei erlebt ihr Musik mal ganz anders und spürt die teilweise eingespielten Remixe sehr deutliche in euren Fingern. Dank der zahlreich vorhandenen erspielbaren Extras wird auch für Langzeit-Deejays etwas geboten und im Multiplayer geht es richtig ab. Wer will kann mit einem Freund kooperativ die Songs spielen oder sich via Xbox LIVE mit dem Rest der Welt messen. Ebenfalls genial ist die Möglichkeit die Gitarre von Guitar Hero anzuschließen und bei manchen Songs, in bester Aerosmith vs RUN DMC Manier, mit- und gegeneinander zu rocken. Activision hat aus der Guitar Hero Serie viel gelernt und mit DJ-Hero wirklich ein erstklassiges Spiel abgeliefert.
Extreme Gamer (Nov 03, 2009)
Of course, this game isn’t going to be for everybody. However, if you are one of the many that enjoy Guitar Hero, but are looking for something with a little more BOOM to it, then DJ Hero is a must for all you ass-shakers and beat-makers looking for a video game experience that’ll make ya head nod.
85 (Oct 29, 2009)
DJ Hero arrive à point nommé pour les amateurs de jeux de rythme lassés par les simulations de guitares ou en quête de nouvelles sensations. Livré avec un accessoire confortable et passe-partout, il devrait trouver sa place sans mal dans un marché en pleine explosion. Le gameplay n'est pas encore parfait et on regrette que le joueur n'ait pas davantage de liberté dans l'interprétation des mix mais au final, l'expérience est concluante. Moyennant un investissement important (110€ pour la version de base, 200€ pour l'édition collector), DJ Hero fera passer de sacrés bons moments, seul ou à plusieurs, aux abonnés des discothèques.
NZGamer (Nov 03, 2009)
It’s a minor gripe though and with promised downloadable content coming to DJ Hero, this new spin (sorry for the pun) on the popular franchise is likely to grow a decent audience over time. I doubt it will have quite the same impact as Guitar Hero, but if they continue to develop this product then who knows where this could be in two year's time. I couldn’t help but imagine a Linkin Park or Incubus “band pack” that includes a turntable, drums, two guitars and a microphone. But with Guitar Hero sales falling over the past couple of years, perhaps gamers are tired of plastic instruments cluttering up their living rooms? Only time will tell.
85 (Nov 01, 2009)
The big takeaway is that DJ Hero reinvents how music games are defined by the innovation brought forward and, in the same stroke, revitalizes the genre with a fresh approach. DJ Hero shows its infancy in certain areas, which will most likely mature with the inevitable next in the series. DJ Hero is a great addition to your music game collection that is going to provide you more hours of entertainment listening to some stellar mash-ups of songs new and old. This is one experience you cannot miss.
Official XBox Magazine (Oct 28, 2009)
Remedying that oversight should be the first entry on the to-do list for the inevitable sequel, but even without robust multiplayer, DJ Hero remains a thoroughly engaging new experience that is well-deserving of its heroic namesake.
XGN (Nov 05, 2009)
Met DJ Hero weet Activision een compleet nieuw spel neer te zetten dat alle liefhebbers van muziek, ongeacht welk genre, fan zullen zijn van het spel.
DJ Hero is almost a breath of fresh air in an already overcrowded genre. The rhythm game is becoming too much of a business and this really feels like it was designed with a lot of passion for the music. The price I still feel is a bit steep and it would have done much better right at the $100 point, but if you are into the music, then the admission is worth it. DJ Hero is a fantastic edition to the Hero family and one that should be checked out by anyone who enjoys the genre. Once again the taste of music will be the only deterrent of your enjoyment.
Gamervision (Nov 04, 2009)
While I won’t go so far as to call DJ Hero the greatest thing to happen to music games since the first Guitar Hero, it certainly is one of the more exciting things to happen to the genre. DJ Hero explores the one avenue left vacant since Beatmania, and not only provides a game that breathes a bit of life into a genre that had started growing stale, but one that’s also a hell of a lot of fun to play, in spite of the steep price tag. There aren’t really a lot of places left to take music games, and outside of actually teaching you how to play, I’m not sure how many more new aspects we’re going to see in music games. Right now though, I’m not really worried about it. I’ve got a Daft Punk set to play, and I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing.
Console Monster (Dec 24, 2009)
DJ Hero is the breath of fresh air the Guitar Hero series needed in order for the long-lasting appeal to be reignited. The style and concept will appeal to teenage and young adult audiences and the fun-filled party elements will be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone of any age. Despite the high price tag of the game putting many people off and the few faults the game contains, the title is certainly one to consider.
Gameplanet (Nov 13, 2009)
You might think there's too many music titles out there to choose from, but Activision have now provided you with a reason to take another look. DJ Hero needs to be played before you can pass any judgement, as even those with no interest in DJ music will find it tremendously entertaining.
9lives (Oct 31, 2009)
DJ Hero is een muziektitel geworden die je doet snakken naar meer. Het spel geeft je, dankzij de meegeleverde controller, het gevoel een echte dj te zijn. Bovendien is de muziek in de titel van een uitmuntend sterk niveau. Smet op het blazoen is wel het hoge prijskaartje en het ontbreken van een "Freestyle"-spelmode.
83 (Oct 30, 2009)
Doch allen Mankos zum Trotz kann Activision stolz auf die Leistung des Teams von Freestyle Games sein. Aus dem Nichts kommend einen Titel abzuliefern, der es schafft, dem mittlerweile zum Kult gewordenen "Hero" im Namen gerecht zu werden - trotz oder gerade wegen der neuen Hardware und der Rückbesinnung auf das, was das Rhythmusspiel eigentlich ausmacht, ist eine saubere Leistung. Ein starker Einstieg für eine neue Marke, die im nächsten Anlauf hoffentlich mehr kreativen Freiraum bietet.
Game Chronicles (Oct 31, 2009)
DJ Hero is certainly a unique twist on the burgeoning music game genre. It is far from the DJ simulation I was expecting and more of a button and slider memorization game set to killer jams, but enjoyable nonetheless. If you have crazy dexterity skills and awesome hand-eye coordination and love original and unexpectedly cool house mixes, then check out DJ Hero. The soundtrack alone is practically worth the price of admission.
Gaming Age (Nov 03, 2009)
DJ Hero is a pretty fantastic first entry into the series, and turned out better than I had thought. The controller itself feels well built, and I don't get the sense that it'll breakdown from any extended plays. Obviously it'll take a little time for newcomers to get the hang of things, but if you've had any previous experience with rhythm games, you won't have much trouble with the controls here. The track list is great, the game is fun to play, and I look forward to checking out the inevitable sequels. Hopefully the music quality will remain the same, and I'd like to see a little more done with the lackluster online mode in the future.
Game Shark (Nov 04, 2009)
DJ Hero will only give you a glimpse into the realities of mixing and scratching, with some of the coolest mash-ups I’ve ever heard to entertain along the way. It probably won’t convert you unless you’re already into electronic music or hip-hop though, and I mean real hip-hop. Not that clubber garbage flooding the airwaves. For someone like me, who would rather get down with a set of tables than a six-string, DJ Hero is nearly a perfect medium for my fantasies of scratch-stardom.
DJ Hero is a good game. Although it lacks a story mode, or additional objectives, it makes up for these ommissions with its unique gameplay, an original turntable controller, and the wide variety of song genres included. Being an avid music genre gamer, DJ Hero is a must have for my collection and anyone, like myself, who cant get enough of titles like Guitar Hero or Rock Band will most likely enjoy this game. DJ Hero does have a high price tag though and I hope to see the developers release some follow up titles that make use it in the future to make the initial investment that much more painless.
Digital Chumps (Oct 28, 2009)
If you love turntables, you love scratching and you love hearing music from different generations cleverly mixed together to create a unique beat then you'll just fall in love with DJ Hero. It will test your patience and ask you to do things differently than what you're use to (especially if you've played Guitar Hero), and it will try your multi-tasking skills like no other game. If you go through this and still want it, then you're in for a nice direction then what Rock Band and Guitar Hero can offer.
80 (Nov 16, 2009)
DJ Hero is a successful first attempt at developing Activison's Hero franchise and gives you high production values, a decent track listing and a lot of tracks to get through. It's a lot of fun, but it's not a total triumph as once you've played through each of the mixes, you might not go back to the game. This makes it an expensive game at $120. The real value from the experience thought might come in DJ Hero 2, where the investment will be smaller and will give FreeStyleGames an opportunity to develop new game modes and challenges to give you and extended and more varied gameplay experience. By the way, Activision have all but confirmed a sequel, despite initially poor sales.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Oct 25, 2010)
DJ Hero 2 är ganska enkelt att sammanfatta. Gillade du det första DJ Hero så gillar du även uppföljaren. Om du är nyfiken på spelserien så börja med att köpa det första spelet, som förutom snäppet bättre musik numera även har en mer human prislapp. I mitt hem kommer DJ Hero 2 att snurra många varv till, trots att recensionen är färdigskriven. Speciellt om man utvecklar affären som nu står gapande tom. Som musikspel för den ensamma spelaren är DJ Hero 2 svårslaget. Trots Rihanna och produktplacering.
Level (Sweden) (Dec, 2010)
Annars är den största landvinningen möjligheten att inom vissa ramar få utlopp för sin kreativitet. Under särskilda partier luckras scratchandet upp och blir mer dynamiskt. I andra blir växlingarna mellan spåren fria. Det är två förändringar som lätt kan framstå som petitesser, men som i praktiken innebär så pass stora spelmässiga förändringar att jag förälskar mig i DJ Hero på nytt.
DJ Hero is a well made title that even old farts can enjoy. From the quality set list, accessible turntable peripheral, and generally nicely implemented mechanics, there's a lot for any gamer to enjoy. On the downside, the multiplayer elements aren't nearly as convincing as they should be, making this a game you'll likely play alone. Also, I've got a feeling that the appeal is narrow enough and the game bundle expensive enough that it may never gain the traction it needs to become a phenomenon. Nevertheless, there is a lot of innovation and fun to be had here that I'd like to see rewarded with a nice run at retail.
GamePro (US) (Oct 26, 2009)
The music really does most of the heavy lifting here and I'd gladly purchase the soundtrack if one was made available but the game's lack of polish left me a little flat. DJ Hero has its moments but I didn't feel that immediate sense of magic that I did the first time I strapped on a replica guitar. I do think DJ Hero will carve out its own niche but for the reasons listed above its fanbase probably won't be as sizable or as rabid as its rock & roll cousins. There is hope, however, that the inevitable sequel will solve the issues with the hardware and note charts, the way GH2 finished what GH1 started, and that version might be the one to wait for but at the least, gamers who invest in DJ Hero can soothe any angst they feel over its faults by listening to the incredible setlist.
Giant Bomb (Oct 27, 2009)
It's a bit barebones, and the turntable controller feels like it could have been better in a couple of spots. But as the start of something new, DJ Hero provides a very strong foundation that things like additional downloadable content or full-fledged sequels could really build on. If you've been fiending for a rhythm game that represents a different style of music or you just like cutting and scratching, DJ Hero's a lot of fun.
80 (Nov 03, 2009)
DJ Hero is a very hard sell, with Guitar Hero there was an obvious market but with this game it's a bit more open, this is more down to the tracks listings than anything else. DJ Hero is really a single player experience as to play co-op gets a bit costly and the online mode is simplistic and feels tacked on. This is reflected in the final score as whilst I really enjoyed the game it does not seem to have the same final polish as similar titles.
The only downside is that at £100, it's asking you to put your wallet on the line for an experience that offers the same thrills as GH, but still represents a big gamble if you didn't get on with that series. It's just a fraction too expensive for our liking.
Atomic Gamer (Nov 01, 2009)
While DJ Hero accomplishes a lot in its first iteration, it's difficult to ignore all the opportunities the developers are missing. With so little user creativity allowed and a very familiar multiplier/point system, players will find that this game desperately needs to get out from under the shadow of Guitar Hero. If developer FreeStyleGames can work on exploring a fuller range of music to be explored with the turntable controller and give players a little more freedom (and hopefully sell enough copies in the meantime to make it worth doing a sequel), then maybe DJ Hero has a long future ahead of it. For now, I can only recommend it to those who have a genuine interest in the controller and the music - and it helps to have $120 to spend, too.
80 (Nov 03, 2009)
Eigenlijk trappen we snoeihard op de ziel van DJ Hero als we allemaal precies gaan neerpennen wat de draaitafel precies doet en welke knop voor welk effect zorgt. Als er iets is waar deze game namelijk niet om draait, dan is het wel om harde feiten, analyses en uitleg. DJ Hero draait maar om één ding en dat is muziekbeleving, dat ene moment dat je compleet in de zone komt en de muziek onbewust een verlengende van jezelf wordt. Dat merk je als je halverwege een nummer de crossfader van links naar rechts gooit, bezeten scratcht, knoppen indrukt, Flavor Flav-soundbytes naar eigen inzicht in je mix dropt en je de huiskamer om je heen allang vergeten bent ten faveure van een deinend publiek dat het feest van hun leven krijgt voorgeschoteld.
80 (Oct 30, 2009)
En un principio puede llevarnos a engaño y hasta resultar frustrante el hecho de que realmente no podemos mezclar nada y todo venga predefinido, pero el gran logro de DJ Hero es convertir esta limitación en un virtud y para hacerlo se basa en dos elementos: accesibilidad y diversión directa. Así, el juego está enfocado a que en apenas un instante nos creamos que somos un DJ cuya única misión es pinchar hasta que las sala tiemble y el público enloquezca. El accesorio de la mesa de mezclas es fundamental para lograr esta inmersión, como también lo es la acertada selección de canciones. Con todo esto... ¿Logra DJ Hero su objetivo de divertir? Sin ningún tipo de duda.
80 (Nov 04, 2009)
Alla fine propendo per quest’ultima soluzione, ma si tratta di un giudizio molto combattuto che deve suonare come un incoraggiamento per il prossimo capitolo che, con tutta probabilità, Activision Blizzard dedicherà a questa interessantissima serie. Basterà infatti correggere gli errori di gioventù e strutturare meglio le modalità single player e multiplayer, per arrivare in scioltezza al quel nove che è davvero a portata di mano.
AceGamez (2009)
While not perfect, DJ Hero is still a worthy addition to the rhythm-action genre, brining many fresh ideas to the table, but still not realising its full potential through the absence of creation and freestyle elements. However you slice it, Activision has another certified money-maker on its books and it will be interesting to see how the series evolves or indeed becomes convoluted after a few yearly instalments. Ultimately, the main issue is the price point, making the game feel more like an investment that a piece of solid entertainment and this will be perhaps your biggest consideration when deciding whether or not to take the plunge.
80 (UK) (Oct 30, 2009)
Weak multiplayer and control issues prevent it from being the instant classic Guitar Hero was four year ago, but FreeStyleGames has nevertheless created a slick and enormously enjoyable music game that deserves to succeed and evolve.
GameSpot (Oct 29, 2009)
A great tracklist and a solid new peripheral make DJ Hero a lot of fun to play, and the music is more likely to get your party going than that of most any other rhythm game. So how much would you pay for it? Games bundled with peripherals are naturally going to be more expensive, but with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $119.99, DJ Hero feels overpriced. It's a great game, but it costs as much as two great games, and though there are downloadable tracks lined up, there's no guarantee you'll be able to use the turntable in any other game. Yet despite the sizable cost, DJ Hero is an enticing purchase. It captures the thrill of spinning together hot songs to make an electrifying mix, and it's one show that fans of rhythm games will not want to miss. Just hope you can afford the cover charge.
Hellbored (Nov 09, 2009)
Most of these issues will only come from playing lots of the tracks, and as such, it will take some time for these issues to come to the fore. Longevity, though, is paramount in titles like this, and ultimately the formula loses its appeal quickly. There is wonderful groundwork here, a lot of things are handled well and it will appeal to all ages, but until players can pick the songs they want to mix then it really is nothing more than a glorified prompt-reaction exercise. Should the personalisation be upped – and that’s not going to be an easy thing to do – then the potential for this is pretty high. A good start, but we hope there are better things to come.
Armchair Empire, The (Dec 04, 2009)
Head on over to Youtube if you want to see some real displays of coordination as gamers blast through on Expert. While these players just might be naturally gifted, I like to think it took them hours and hours of practice. So, unless you're gifted, I'd probably give DJ Hero a pass. If there were more guitar modes to create a "party" vibe I'd probably have something different to say.
Game Revolution (Oct 30, 2009)
For someone that grew up on a steady diet of Invisibl Skratch Piklz and Toasted Marshmello Breaks, DJ Hero was like visiting an old friend. There’s plenty of room for improvement, since there isn’t much in the way of creative ability or battle variation, but the diverse track picks and simple control scheme help put together a game that will definitely keep the crowd hyped.
1UP (Oct 28, 2009)
DJ Hero attempts to mold turntablism into a mainstream medium. It succeeds, but stumbles along the way. I didn't experience the sensation of scratching and mixing, until I turned it up to Expert difficulty. Beginner is way too easy, and Hard is lackluster. Expert difficulty, however, mimics the actions of a DJ, especially on songs like Scratch Perverts' "Beats and Pieces," DJ Hero's equivalent of Guitar Hero's "Dragonforce," and Paul van Dyk vs. Sandy Rivera's "Nothing but You/I Can't Stop" remix, whose note layout is one of the most impressive and interesting in the game. But those songs are buried at end-game, which is too late. DJ Hero's debut is noteworthy, but there's much work to be done for the follow-up.
Factornews (Nov 23, 2009)
DJ Hero est donc globalement une très bonne surprise qui parvient sans mal à apporter un peu de fraicheur dans le monde surchargé des jeux musicaux. Pour peu que vous ne soyez pas complètement allergique au genre (de jeu comme de musique), vous devriez y trouver de quoi vous occuper pendant un bon moment, car si le coup de main vient vite, la réelle maitrise du jeu demandera là encore d'y passer un bon paquet d'heures.
IGN Australia (Oct 27, 2009)
At the end of the day, DJ Hero isn’t a bad game. It’s perfectly solid and fills a gap in the market, but – crucially - it doesn’t inspire us, or excite us. And that’s what we want, not only from our games, but from our music as well. To us, this is a great hand eye coordination challenge, as it really does get insanely difficult – even on Hard, let alone Expert, but we can’t really see it appealing to people who are passionate about modern music. It’s just too hit and miss, too divorced from its stated purpose and is too anaemic in its dispensation of the funk.
Teletext (2009)
We also wonder whether the music selection doesn't play things a little too broad, with the expected hip hop and techno tunes almost in a minority. The lack of game modes is the most serious problem though. The game is poorly suited to multiplayer and there are few real customisation options - and so little capacity for creativity. That's true of Guitar Hero too but here it feels more of a missed opportunity.
AusGamers (Nov 06, 2009)
It's a bold move on Activision's part to dabble in this area, and to their credit, I actually think DJ Hero has done a pretty good job with a great set-list of pre-mixed tracks by some of the world's best DJs, it's just that it lacks in emergent gameplay; there's no ultimate sense of freedom thus culling any sense of organic creativity on the player's part. This is definitely a great first entrant into what will clearly become a new franchise for the world's largest third-party publisher, here's hoping next time around they focus less on party and more on the music and freedom side of the DJ.
Gaming Nexus (Nov 16, 2009)
An interesting first game in the musical genre that tries something a little different. It's actually a nice little game that can be fun to play. The music's pretty good as well as you play farther in. I liked the controller but there could be some improvements in it.