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DJ Hero Brings the Party to Your Living Room

Nov. 17, 2009


DJ Hero Brings the Party to Your Television, online gift guide

To complement our pending gift guide in the November/December issue of HispanicBusiness Magazine, we'll also be running online reviews of gifts we couldn't fit into the issue. First up: DJ Hero, the hot new game for xBox, Playstation, and Wii

DJ Hero, recently released by Activision, is a musically charged game, similar to Guitar Hero, where a player must keep things moving via pressing the right combination buttons. Unlike Guitar Hero, where the weapon of choice is naturally a faux guitar, DJ Hero comes with a special controller shaped as a close-to-life-size turntable.

The charge when playing DJ Hero is different than that of playing Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and similar. The turntable control, with its sliding toggle, record-scratching moves, and dials to twist, demands a wider range of motion and more precision within a similarly frenetic atmosphere.

Ramping up to play is easy enough. A virtual version of Grandmaster Flash himself leads you through the basic and advanced moves; within 10 minutes you're ready to pick your avatar, his or her outfit and gear, and get rolling. The music list is familiar and impressive, even to the non-young (like your reviewer); the mixed tracks include snippets from older acts like Queen and the Atlanta Rhythm Section, to newer acts like Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, Gorillaz, and Jay-Z.

While learning to play is fairly basic, and initial gameplay forgiving enough that you'll quickly unlock a few cool things, advanced play is very, very challenging. The music is great; the graphics are cool; the gameplay is frenzied and fun.

The game is a little pricey, no doubt due to the turntable control accessory, at $119. But if you enjoy music or gaming, it's probably worth it. With its mixture of approachability and escalating difficulty, DJ Hero is fun for a casual get-together or serious gaming . . . especially for people with fantastic reflexes that know how to keep the beat.

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