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Video Game of the Week – DJ Hero 2
When it was released
last year, DJ Hero was seen by many as the ultimate music game. Not only
did it deliver a great collection of songs, but the gameplay actually
put you in charge of the musical experience
The core gameplay of DJ Hero 2,
which was released on October 19, remains the same as the original.
Players hold down one of three buttons to match notes that arc across a
spinning record on the screen. Two of the buttons reflect the two songs
that are being “mixed”, and the third button controls samples and
effects that can be added into the mix.
Players must also adjust a
cross-fader, which alters the volume of each song to match onscreen
symbols. Certain tracks are given up or down arrows, requiring the
player to “scratch” the record by turning the turntable in the opposite
direction. The higher up the difficulty ladder you climb, the more
intricate the patterns you are expected to follow. And the better you
do, the more stars you gather to unlock new tracks, venues and other
If it sounds complicated, that’s because it can be. But
like Guitar Hero and all good rhythm games before it, DJ Hero makes
ample allowance for the beginner. In fact, that might be one of the most
welcome improvements in DJ Hero 2: the lower difficulty settings have
been completely reworked to provide a more convincing DJ experience.
new DJ Hero 2 game modes include Freestyle, which lets you change how a
mix sounds each time you play; Empire Mode, which sends players on a
journey from a lowly warehouse DJ to the head of a music empire; Party
Play mode, which lets players just enjoy the music and jump in whenever
they want; and three new multiplayer modes.
Of course, at the
heart of the great player experience is the phenomenal roster of over 80
superb musical mixes and mash-ups, including tracks from popular
artists such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West, Flo
Rida and dozens of others.
DJ Hero 2 is offered as a stand-alone
game for those who already have a turntable ($59.99), or as a turntable
bundle ($99.99). Multiple turntables can be used for DJ Battles or
switching back and forth between players during the same mix.
you have ambitions to be the next Grandmaster Flash or just love
listening to great beats, DJ Hero 2 is an infectious and invigorating
DJ Hero 2 is rated “T” for Teen (lyrics,
suggestive themes) by the ESRB. Check out the ESRB video game ratings
and content descriptors at ESRB.org
Publisher: Activision Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii Genre: Rhythm, music RRP: $59.99 (software only) Release Date: October 19, 2010 ESRB Rating: “T” for Teen
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