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DJ Hero 2

 

 

SCORE: 67

 

DJ Hero 2 

 

Activision never ceases to amaze me. They come up with some of the most fantastic ideas. I would have never thought a DJ turn table gaming peripheral could work. Yet Activision pulled it off. Not only did they pull it off, but there is a sequel - DJ Hero 2. This Wii, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360 game takes the guitar hero concept in a completely different direction. I love getting to rewind, and freestyle mix. Families need to know that DJ Hero 2 earns its 'T' for Teen rating.

I need to be transparent about musical tastes. I listen to country, Christian, and kids songs. I am not a fan of rap, even though my husband has tried with various Christian rap artists. Why am I disclosing this information? Because of the majority musical style in DJ Hero 2. I am not a fan of the majority of the music in DJ Hero 2. Out of the eighty songs, I found a handful I enjoyed.

The visual effects in DJ Hero 2 are astounding. The lights, and camera movement are top notch. In fact DJ Hero 2 reminds me of movies, and television shows that chronicle people going to clubs. Playing this music game can give that feel while avoiding the plethora of dangers. DJ Hero 2 includes numerous gyrations of the sexual nature. The attire of many of the characters (including some DJs) amplifies that theme.

I am not big on the majority of the music in DJ Hero 2. There are numerous lyrical issues in quite a few songs. I am not a fan of Eminem, 50 Cent, Naughty By Nature, 2PAC, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dog, Kanye West, Dr Dre, and Lady Gaga. Those are just a sampling of the rap artists in DJ Hero 2. To me DJ Hero 2 is way too heavy in the rap, and not enough in the cleaner dance songs. I really wish there were a lot cleaner songs in DJ Hero 2, that would be safer for families. Now if you like these artists then you will disagree, however the lyrical issues still will stand.

There are numerous modes in DJ Hero 2 for up to three players. Two can use turn tables (as long as ya'll have two turn table controllers), and one can sing on a microphone. There are DJ battles, freestyle controls, hero feed, party play, and empire mode. We can also expect to have additional download packs available for those who dominate the existing songs. My only issue with the replay is much of the content in the existing songs. Yes I know I am a one trick pony here.

The most awesome thing about receiving products like DJ Hero 2 here at Family Friendly Gaming is we get to see so many amazing things. The game play in DJ Hero 2 is nearly perfect. Going through the tutorial is absolutely exhausting. I kept thinking there can not be anything else they crammed into this game. Guess what? I was wrong. Scratching, tapping, crossfading, rewinding, euphoria, length scratches, held notes, and all the freestyling spun around my head as I went into my first song. The various difficulty settings help players improve and get those star meters higher.

The two issues with DJ Hero 2 are the sexual content, and lyrical content. Families need to be aware of both of those. I also strongly encourage families to obey the rating at a minimum. DJ Hero 2 is not for children. Which is kinda sad, because kids could have fun with this game if it had been more inclusive. Maybe a Lego DJ Hero game is in the works. Or a partnership with Disney. The game play is what shines really bright in DJ Hero 2. I hope to see sequels to this franchise, especially if the target audience is broadened.
- Yolanda

 

Graphics: 62%
Sound: 49%
Replay/Extras: 75%
Gameplay: 89%
Family Friendly Factor: 59%
System: Wii/Playstation 3/Xbox 360
Publisher: Activision
Rating: 'T' for Teen
{Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes}

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