Launch Primer -- DJ Hero


Posted October 26, 2009 - By Andrew Pfister

Ever find yourself in a situation where all of your friends are talking about the latest and greatest game, and you can't contribute to the conversation because you haven't been paying attention? Solve that problem with our Launch Primers: everything you need to know (except the spoilers) about a game that's about to be released.

DJ Hero

DJ Hero
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2
MSRP: $119.99 (with turntable), $199.99 (Renegade Edition)
ESRB Rating: Teen

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What kind of game is it?

As if you don't already have enough plastic instruments, Activision is adding another one into the mix (get it?) with DJ Hero, the company's gameified take on the art of DJing. Like Guitar Hero, DJ Hero takes the primary elements of an instrument -- this time, fading between songs, scratching over tracks, adding samples -- and makes that gameplay. Also like Guitar Hero, it's not a very realistic interpretation of actual DJing, but it's just enough to give you the flavor of being in control of the turntable. Plus, it's a whole new genre of music, as the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises are largely limited to rock, rock and more rock.

Who's the Developer?

Activision actually trademarked DJ Hero after Guitar Hero exploded, long before the project that would actually become DJ Hero came to fruition. DJ Hero was originally an untitled, unannounced DJ take on Guitar Hero in development for Vivendi Games by FreeStyleGames before Vivendi merged with Activision. Thus, FreeStyle Games' DJ game became…DJ Hero! Neversoft, who picked up control of the Guitar Hero series after Harmonix was purchased by MTV Games, collaborated with FreeStyleGames to incorporate the guitar-plus-DJ sections included in a handful of tracks in DJ Hero.

What's the story?

As with pretty much every other music game, there is no story.


Neither Rock Band nor Guitar Hero have been ballsy enough to introduce an all-new instrument, but DJ Hero provides a glimpse into that possible future, as there are several tracks in DJ Hero that allow a second player to hop in with a guitar and play along, too. This isn't available for every song in DJ Hero, though, as the primary focus of the multiplayer is both local and online co-op and competitive modes. As slick as DJ Hero looks, it's a little hard not to look really, really silly playing two mini-DJ kits at once.

What'd we say?

Stay tuned for G4's review, coming soon...

See it in action:


DJ Hero Demo Preview »


Launch Primer -- DJ Hero


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