FreeStyleGames and Activition's release of DJ Hero gave a new spin to music rhythm gaming. Although it wasn't as successful with sales as Guitar Hero. The sequel is already here with new features and amazing soundtrack that will get any party starting.
Having not played the first DJ Hero I wasn't sure how well I would perform, but once starting up the game your prompted with a tutorial. It will show you all the the basics how to Scratch, Freestyle Crossfade and more. It's surprising how much control you can have over the music. FreeStyle Cross-fading is one of the new features to the series. At certain points you can crossfade between the tracks as you wish by moving the crossfader left and right.
First on the menu is QuickPlay. This lets you add songs from the soundtrack that you wish to play then pick what venue to perform at. If you want something to progress in then you should go with Empire Mode. This is basically the career mode to the game. You will pick an avatar, brand logo and a name for your club and DJ. Once your done you will travel around the world visiting different venue's. You start of in Ibiza with a selection of mixes. Each mix you complete will give you a star rating. There's five to earn in each mix and a certain amount is needed to proceed to the next venue. New songs are unlocked as you progress along with unlockable avatars and accessories. There's not alot of customization features but been able to use your own avatar as your DJ is a great touch.
You can take the battle online or localy with Battle Mode. Battle is great for anyone who purchased the Party Bundle of the game. You can connect two turntables and battle it out with a friend in the same room. A vocalist can also join to sing or rap along to the mix.
DJ Hero 2 hits every note in the book. With new improvements and a soundtack that is more appealing for everyone. This is the best DJ game experience money can buy.
Review by Gareth Smith