DJ Hero 2 - Xbox 360

Game Description:DJ Hero 2 will deliver the ultimate way for players to come together and party with a host of new multiplayer modes – including DJ Battles that pit DJ against DJ in mixes produced specifically for battle gameplay – and invite vocalists into the spotlight with integrated on-screen singing and rapping of lyrics and rhymes while bringing the party to life with jump-in/jump-out Party Play gameplay. Featuring the biggest dance, pop and hip-hop hits by the hottest artists everyone knows and loves remixed by world-class DJ’s in an all-new way, the game’s soundtrack delivers over 70 unique creations only available in DJ Hero 2. Further immersing players into the music, the game offers a heightened level of creative input and allows everyone to add their own touch, directly impacting the beats they’re spinning with freestyle scratching, crossfading and sampling. The game will also feature an all-new career-based Empire Mode where players start out as an up-and-coming DJ on the road to becoming the head of a major entertainment empire, all of which is founded solely on their success as a DJ.
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E3 2010: DJ Hero 2 Preview

E3 2010: DJ Hero 2 Preview

By Andrew Pfister - Posted Jun 10, 2010

What We Already Know:

DJ Hero 2 is the sequel to last year's music game that swapped plastic guitars for a plastic turntable. Most of us in the office were hopeful but skeptical about DJ Hero, but in the end, we were pleasantly surprised by how solid the first effort turned out to be. DJ Hero 2 builds on that momentum with some significant improvements and changes to the game structure.


What We're Seeing Now:

The cat was mostly let out of the bag a couple of days ago when Activision released their official press release (thanks, guys!), but the biggest change to DJ Hero is the addition of a second turntable and a microphone for vocal tracks. By introducing a second DJ and singing, FreeStyleGames is emphasizing the social aspect of the game (by our experience, "social" simply translates to "party time") and getting more people off the couch watching and on the stage playing -- a logical parallel to the instrument explosion in the guitar-based games. Many of the game's 70 tracks will feature some sort of vocal element.

Utilizing the second turntable allows FreeStyleGames to concoct appropriate multiplayer modes, most appealing of which is the DJ Battle. This is set up like a traditional DJ battle would be, with a call and response structure that starts out with one DJ playing a segment, the other DJ matching that segment while adding a little something extra, and then it escalates from there with both players freestyling and crossfading for max points.

DJ Hero 2

What's to freestyle, you ask? The developers seem to be loosening the chains on what you can muck around with during the songs. Instead of being limited to pre-set and sonically-irrelevant samples to trigger, you'll be given samples that are reworked from the song you're playing that actually make sense in the part of the song where you're at. (YEAH, BOYEE!). You'll also have moments of freestyle scratching, as well as freestyle crossfading that will let you jump between the two tracks at will. We haven't been able to play it ourselves yet, but it does seem to allow more creative expression during play.

As you may have read in the press release, the known artists who have contributed tracks to the game include Deadmau5, Dr. Dre, The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Metallica (!), Rihanna, and the Lady who is Gaga. (Deadmau5 is actually a "playable" avatar in the game, goofy mouse head and all.) If you were wondering, no changes are being made to the DJ Hero turntable hardware; all the improvements and alterations are being made on the software side, including a revamped career mode that Activision's not ready to talk about in detail just yet.

We'll definitely have more on DJ Hero 2 in the coming months.

DJ Hero 2

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  • tenchi_2k0

    cant wait, loved the first , needed more dlc, less repeats of the same artist same song different mix.

    Posted: June 16, 2010 10:51 AM
  • Necrosis99

    As much as I want to play Deadmau5 on DJ Hero, I still think the first game could have just got more DLC. instead of forcing us to buy a whole new game. I'm sticking to my guns here Activision, I'm not buying another of your unfinished or under supported games anymore.

    Posted: June 13, 2010 7:30 AM
  • squarewannabe

    the free mix they released for free for this week is pure awesome.

    can't wait :D

    Posted: June 10, 2010 11:02 PM
  • iSpaz

    I am more than excited for this... I LOVE DEADMAU5.... I think it would be neat if they put some BASSHUNTER in the mix... that would make me buy it for SURE!!!! but overall I am just excited and ready to get my hands on this game.... They also need to focus on releasing more DLC for Dj Hero 2... Dj Hero 1 didnt give us much options on DLC for quite awhile... And the song packs could use a decrease in price.... 620 for like 3 songs seems a little wild for me.

    Posted: June 10, 2010 8:50 PM
  • Axarent


    Hopefully there's more variance and lots of the mau5, just like there was lots of Daft Punk in the first one.

    Posted: June 10, 2010 4:13 PM
  • AvengerDdub

    WHY is Gaga everywhere?!?!!

    I swear if this sequel gets Gaga songs stuck in my head, it's game over!

    Posted: June 10, 2010 9:53 AM
  • tsoul19

    I liked the songs on DJ Hero 1, I cant wait for DJ Hero 2

    Posted: June 10, 2010 8:12 AM