Not everyone likes Rock and Roll. There, I said it. For a huge number of gamers, electronic music and hip hop are the go-to genres. Sensing an untapped market for their enormously profitable Hero franchise, Activision stepped up in 2009 and delivered DJ Hero. A solid first shot at a turntable-based music game with a great (though expensive) controller, DJ Hero ended up, in Activision's words, as "the #1 new videogame intellectual property of 2009." Stop. Sequel time.
Anyone who played the first game knows that it was a bit bare-bones, with not many choices to make beyond picking a character and a setlist. That all changes with DJ Hero 2. Thanks to Empire Mode, virtual DJs will now have way more control over how their in-game careers play out. Players can choose a brand, a club name, and a customizable character as they travel the world in pursuit of becoming a superstar DJ. Take a look at the DJ Hero 2 Empire Mode Vignette:
The vignette shows just a small slice of the many DJs and tracks making an appearance in DJ Hero 2, and it's an impressive list. From the press release:
"Picking up where the award-winning DJ Hero soundtrack left off, DJ Hero 2 spins together the hottest tracks blazing up the charts and legendary club anthems from the biggest artists in pop, dance and hip hop including Dr. Dre, The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and over 85 others. Fueling the party will be a host of all-new social multiplayer game modes and innovative freestyle gameplay giving virtual DJ’s the ability to crossfade, scratch and sample in over 70 speaker-blowing mashups from the hottest DJ’s and Producers around the world."
So, you got two turntables and a microphone? If not, don't sweat it -- just pick up the DJ Hero 2 Party Bundle, which includes just that. The game will also be available with a single turntable controller, or on its own.
Support for vocals was a huge omission from the first game that I'm glad to see has been addressed for the sequel. It has to be said, though, that if the tracks in DJ Hero 2 are cut up as much as those in the first game, your going to need to be pretty nimble vocalist to sing/rhyme your way through.
Though it's unlikely to dethrone Guitar Hero or Rock Band as the dominant player in the music game scene, DJ Hero really does offer a unique experience. All the changes developer FreeStyle Games have made for the sequel, particularly the fleshed-out career mode, look like positive additions.
Allright Ranters, who's taking DJ Hero 2 for a spin? What did you all think of the first game?
DJ Hero 2 gets the party started October, 2010, for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii.