As for the music itself, the mixes that are available right out of the box are pretty good and cover a decent variety of music types from dance and pop to hip-hop. DJ Hero
has some great support from famous DJs and artists, both in song mixes and with their likenesses being available as playable characters. These include the late DJ AM, who passed away recently, DJ Shadow, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Cut Chemist, Z-trip and J.Period. DJ Hero
is also the first game to feature the likenesses and music of Daft Punk - with eight different mixes featuring Daft Punk music. And, in addition to having their musical skillz and likenesses featured in the game, Eminem and Jay-Z are prominently featured in a special, Renegade Version
of DJ Hero
, that also features an enhanced version of the turntable controller, with metal knobs and accents and a carrying case that doubles as a performance stand, so you can take your skillz on the road.
DJ Hero is an interesting extension of the tried and true formula, but has enough unique aspects to give it its own personality. The music is different than you'll hear on other games, if for no other reason, because any given music track is actually two songs mixed together. And, although I feared that this might only appeal to the club kiddies and fans of dance music, I was surprised to see that Psibabe was digging the mixes, even though they were blends of songs and even J.R. Nip was nodding his head from time to time, while House and Electronica will cause him to change channels immediately on his radio. Some examples of mixes available as playable tracks include: Feel Good Inc. (Gorillaz) vs. I Heard it Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye), Sabotage (Beastie Boys) vs. Monkeywrench (Foo Fighters), Hollaback Girl (Gwen Stefani) vs. Give It to Me Baby (Rick James) and Another One Bites the Dust (Queen) vs. Da Funk (Daft Punk), to name a few. All-in-all, there are 93 original mixes, right out of the box, with more to be made available for purchase as downloadable content.
I think that DJ Hero is definitely going to be the latest and greatest party music game to get your friends and family excited at your holiday party... so it might behoove you to select your DJ name now... you can never be too prepared.