The first thing that I want to say is that DJ Hero is an idea and concept who’s time probably should have come a long time ago. I understand however that this whole “music” market was somewhat untested and they had to find a niche for it first with the Guitar Hero’s and Rock Band’s of the world. DJ Hero perhaps targets another segment of the market, but I can assure you that it will appeal to a wide array of audiences. DJ Hero highlights the art of mixing and scratching which originally played background to such great rap acts as Run DMC and Curtis Blow and today can found across all genres of music.
If I had to describe DJ Hero in one word, it would probably be…Fun. The game’s custom turntable controller is well designed, both in terms of form and function. As you start to play, you really feel like a DJ and you could probably throw a banging party just with DJ Hero providing the music. Getting back to that controller, its very well made and its overall configuration has been well thought out. I only had one real problem with the controller and that was the crossfader, it worked well but it seemed too loose for its function in the game. Because of this, sometimes you make some mistakes and miss some actions that you shouldn’t but its nowhere near frequent enough to be considered major but you will notice it from time to time.
The game features a whopping 93 tracks (even more through DLC), each a masterfully crafted mix of two tracks that comes together to as we say, set the party off right. You can tell they spent a lot of time with real DJ’s to not only get the hand movements right but to put together mixes that were worthy of something you might actually hear in a club or at a party and they are.
The game is interesting in the sense that there is not really a career or story mode like you would normally expect. instead it has a number of sets that you need to master to unlock even more sets, venues, characters and gear. To access unlockables you have to tighten your skills up and rock the party which will allow you you to get stars which will allow you to then unlock stuff. It’s a very simple concept, you can get a maximum of 5 stars per performance and its clearly spelled out how many stars you need to unlock each thing. That works very well for this type of game since the goal isn’t really to keep you away from all the cool music, so its more a matter of when you will unlock things than if.
The game does feature online multiplayer which in our experience worked very well. It was awesome to go head to head against a fellow DJ and see who really can keep the party moving. You can participate in ranked and unranked matches, go DJ vs DJ, DJ+DJ, and even DJ+Guitar. Oh yeah did I mention that all you Guitar Hero masters out there can now hook up with vicious DJ Hero and really do the thing right.