Demo Impressions: DJ Hero 2

By Al Zamora

September 24, 2010

DJ Delinquent is back…what you aren’t sure who that is? Well, it is my secret DJ name and I am breaking it out to get my DJ Hero 2 on. The main gripe of players for the first iteration of this title was the fact that there was a severe lack of actual scratching or freestyling in the game, well that has now changed.

Welcome in the new ability to freestyle sections of the game to really make a mix your own. You can now get whole sections of a mix where you can freestyle scratch, sample and crossfade the way you want. There is a lot more freedom to actually DJ, and there is the addition of vocals as well.

In the demo you can play as DJ Deadmau5e and take Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” mixed with Pitbull “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” or Lady Gaga featuring Colby O’Donis “Just Dance” mixed with Deadmau5 “Ghosts N Stuff” for a proverbial spin. The mixes in the demo are solid and really show off the new features of the game. On Medium the game is pretty simple, but crank it up to Expert and you will be twisting your fingers up very quickly.

DJ Hero 2 looks to boast DJ battles, Empire Mode and Quickplay. In the demo you will be able to play quickplay and battle, but will only get a glimpse of Empire mode. Honestly, Empire Mode is exciting for those gamers that were looking forward to a deeper career mode, and now you can make and evolve your own club. The demo really shows off the highway of notes and the progression that DJ Hero has made from its roots to a deeper better experience.

The demo is available now for both Xbox 360 and PS3 users. Dust off your turntable, grab the demo and get your freestyle on. This is worth a download until the complete game drops in October 19, 2010.

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Al Zamora

Al has been gaming as long as he can remember and will continue to game until his fingers break off or video games cease to exist. A New York native born and raised he crashed into the gaming journalism scene in 2006. Since then he has become the on air personality for DSTV and loves every second of cursing while interviewing developers about serious topics. Aside from being a gamer he also has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering that does not help in the gaming world but does provide for fun stories when people say "what?".Favorite games: Contra (NES), Mega Man II (NES) and Final Fantasy III (SNES)

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