The Gaming Guru review of DJ Hero 2

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by TRACY-MARK GORGAS / Special contributor to NWCN.com

NWCN.com

Posted on November 3, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 11:57 PM

Hello there. Today I am reviewing DJ Hero 2.  We got two turntables and a microphone … no really we do, that’s what comes with the Party Bundle version of the game.  So let’s get back up on the ones and twos and give this baby a spin.

Story

The single player mode is called Empire.  In this mode you are an up and coming DJ working your way up through the venues to stardom.  It’s kind of light on story, but it is a fun little thing, complete with boss battles and things to unlock.

Controls and Gameplay

DJ Hero 2 uses the same special turntable controller that they had for the first game.  Unlike the first game it’s not completely required though.  The new element of singing and rapping allows you to play the game with just a microphone connected.
The turntable controller has not changed, so if you have the original controller it will work just fine.  The gameplay is the same as before, press the matching colored buttons as they come down the play field, “scratch” and “mix” when prompted by symbols or line changes. There are some new gameplay elements added; chief among them is the Freestyle sections.  In these sections you can scratch the way you want or cross-fade mix the way you want.  I really liked being able to the cross-fade as I wanted, letting me make those sections sound how I wanted.

As I said they added singing to the game which will keep you on your toes.  Some of these songs you may know by heart when played normal, but now you have the challenge of lyrics from another song thrown in.  It works just like in Guitar Hero by tracking pitch and range, so it is very easy to pick up.

While much was added there was one thing taken away.  There is no guitar gameplay this time around.  While it is kind of missed it really does not take away from the enjoyment of the game. 

Graphics and Sound

It seems like they did a graphic overhaul of the game.  There is less graffiti art, more of a stylish dance club look.  It’s very crisp and clean overall.

The sound is very good too as it should be for any music game.  Again this time around the music is great. A list of all the music in the game is at the end of the review.

Overall

I really liked DJ Hero when it came out last year.  Then it was something very new very fresh and very fun.  It’s a year later and the new game has arrived.  They have improved it a lot.  The new gameplay elements feel like a very natural addition to the game, especially the freestyle sections.  Being a DJ in real life is all about interpreting and reinventing songs using your own flair for creativity.  The freestyle section lets you do just that create your own spin (pardon the pun) on the mix.

One thing I thought was a problem with the first was that it seemed to be for a niche audience from the music selection.  The same can sort of be said for DJ Hero 2.  The music though has been expanded in scope to include more club and dance music.  They have also included more real life DJs such as Tiësto and Deadmau5.  While this does make it a bit more open to the market, I still feel it’s a niche market.

Still if you enjoyed the first game you love this one.  Again the music mixes are really great and the gameplay is fun.  The addition of singing and now being able to drop in/ drop out players, like you can with Guitar Hero, make this more of a party game.     
So overall it is a bigger and better game than the first DJ Hero and lots of fun.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5, I still feel they can do better and expand the music to more genres.

DJ Hero 2 is rated T for Teen for Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes.  It is available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

The game's setlist includes:

2 Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman – “California Love Remix”
50 Cent – “In Da Club”
Adamski – “Killer”
Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force – “Planet Rock”
Armand Van Helden – “I Want Your Soul”
A-Trak – “Say Whoa”
B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ On You”
Basement Jaxx – “Where’s Your Head At”
BlakRoc feat. Pharoahe Monch & RZA – “Dollaz & Sense”
Busta Rhymes – “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”
Calvin Harris – “I’m Not Alone”
Chamillionaire – “Ridin’”
Chic – “Good Times”
Chic – “Le Freak”
Clinton Sparks, DJ Class, & Jermaine Dupri – “Favorite DJ”
Daft Punk – “Human After All”
Damian Marley – “Welcome To Jamrock”
David Guetta & Chris Willis – “Love Is Gone”
David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi – “Memories”
David Guetta vs. The Egg – “Love Don’t Let Me Go (Walking Away)”
Deadmau5 – “Ghosts N Stuff”
Deadmau5 & Kaskade – “I Remember”
Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
Dillinja and Skibadee – “Twist ‘Em Out”
Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden – “Bonkers”
DJ Qbert – “Super Battle Breaks”
DJ Shadow – “Midnight In A Perfect World”
DJ Shadow feat. Q-Tip and Lateef The Truth Speaker – “Enuff (DJ Fresh Remix)”
Donna Summer – “Bad Girls”
Edwin Starr – “War”
Eminem – “Not Afraid”
Estelle feat. Kanye West – “American Boy”
Flo Rida – “Low”
Flo Rida feat. Will.I.Am – “In The Ayer”
Gorillaz feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack – “Stylo”
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five feat. Melle Mel & Duke Bootee – “The Message”
Harold Faltermeyer – “Axel F”
House Of Pain – “Jump Around”
Iyaz – “Replay”
Janet Jackson – “Nasty”
Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”
Justice – “Waters Of Nazareth”
Kanye West – “Heartless”
Kanye West – “Love Lockdown”
Kaskade & Deadmau5 – “Move For Me”
Kelis – “Acapella (David Guetta Extended Mix)”
Kool & The Gang – “Jungle Boogie”
Lady Gaga – “Lovegame”
Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis – “Just Dance”
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins – “Get Low”
Lil’ Wayne – “Go DJ”
Lil’ Wayne feat. Static Major – “Lollipop”
LL Cool J – “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”
M.I.A. – “Galang”
M|A|R|R|S – “Pump Up The Volume”
Major Lazer feat. VYBZ Kartel – “Pon De Floor”
Malcolm McLaren – “Buffalo Gals”
Metallica – “The Day That Never Comes”
Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
MSTRKRFT feat. N.O.R.E. – “Bounce”
Nas feat. Keri Hilson – “Hero”
Naughty By Nature – “O.P.P.”
Nelly – “Hot In Herre”
New Boyz – “You’re A Jerk”
New Order – “Blue Monday”
Newcleus – “Jam On It”
Nightcrawlers – “Push The Feeling On (MK Mix 95)”
Orbital – “The Box”
Pirate Soundsystem – “Bashy Bashy”
Pitbull – “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”
Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes – “Don’t Cha”
Rihanna – “Pon De Replay”
Rihanna – “Rude Boy”
Robin S – “Show Me Love (Stonebridge Radio Edit)”
Salt N Pepa – “Push It”
Sam Cooke – “Chain Gang”
Sam Sparro – “B&G” a/k/a “Black & Gold”
Sean Paul – “Infiltrate”
Sean Paul – “Get Busy”
Snoop Dogg – “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”
Snow – “Informer”
Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”
Sparfunk & D-Code – “Apocalypse”
Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”
Talib Kweli – “Get By”
The Chemical Brothers – “Leave Home”
The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip – “Galvanize”
The Crystal Method – “Busy Child (Still Busy After All These Years Remix)”
The Jackson 5 – “ABC”
The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Mase & Diddy – “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”
The Prodigy – “Omen”
The Prodigy – “Firestarter”
Tiësto – “Speed Rail”
Tiësto & Sneaky Sound System – “I Will Be Here”
Tiësto vs Diplo – “Come On”
Tiga – “You Gonna Want Me”
Timbaland feat. Drake – “Say Something”
Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E. – “The Way I Are”
Tweet feat. Missy Elliott – “Oops (Oh My)”
Walter Murphy – “A Fifth Of Beethoven”
Warren G feat. Nate Dogg – “Regulate”
Wayne Smith – “Under Mi Sleng Teng”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix )”
Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West – “Put On”

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