DJ Hero: A Review

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The geniuses that first let you rock 'n' roll with guitar legends in Guitar Hero decided to bring out a new instrument for gamers to party on. This time, Activision brought out the turntables for their newest title, DJ Hero.

Available for the Playstations 2 & 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii, DJ Hero uses a turntable controller so gamers can get a glimpse of what it's like to spin crazy beats. The game takes music from almost all genres -- hip hop, R&B, pop, rock, electronica and dance (sorry Taylor Swift fans, no country).

Where else are you going to hear the Black Eyed Peas mixed with Benny Benassi, Gorillaz with Blondie, Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer, or 50 Cent mixed with David Bowie? DJ Hero features over 100 songs, including 93 original mixes, mixed and scratched from some of the most famous disc jockeys around the globe. Making appearances on the game are Grandmaster Flash, Jay Z, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Yoda, Daft Punk, DJ Shadow, and the late DJ AM.

The turnable controller is unique -- there are three stream buttons on the spinning turntable, a crossfader that slides left to right, and an effects dial. You use the control to jam out and unlock characters and songs, or to battle with other would-be DJ'ers, either against a buddy or online.

Someone can even come in with a mic and emcee the song, or bring out the guitar and play alongside on certain songs (Guitar Hero microphone and guitar are required).

Just like in Guitar Hero, you go through a series of practice sessions that teach you how to use the turntable controller. Once you complete both the Basics and Advanced sessions, then you're ready to spin tunes. Play as generic characters, or unlock superstar DJs; then play on various stages made to mimic places around the world.

This is a pretty cool game, and definitely worth the buy. But heck, with Christmas only weeks away, maybe good 'ole St. Nick can bring it for you.

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