Another week, another further slide for DJ Hero towards that sub-£30 price which means I'll finally be able to justify buying it. Maybe. Activision's brave take on another side of the music game genre is a game that has clearly been crafted with a lot of love, but there are still a few things missing, and the game is nowhere near as feature packed as its guitar-based counterparts.
You can grab the Wii version of the game, along with the turntable controller of course, for just £38.72 from Amazon at this point in time, saving you over £6 on nearest competitor ShopTo.
DJ Hero isn't a bad game by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, play for five minutes and it quickly becomes readily apparent just how much time, dedication and love has gone into this game. Gamers who who the territory will be absolutely delighted with the setlist on offer here, along with the celebrity guest spots from genre leaders such as DJ Shadow, Daft Punk and the late DJ AM.
The peripheral, as you'd expect from Red Octane, is a strong, sturdy piece of kit. with three coloured buttons to mash at for mash-ups, and a couple of sliders to aid with the new game mechanics that will serve as the basis for your deck-spinning tricks: crossfading, scratching and special effects. As per usual, hit a certain run of notes perfectly and you'll earn yourself a bunch of star power or, as this game calls it, Euphoria.
There are a few head-to-head challenges to involve a second player, but I can't help but feel that the multiplayer part of this game is somewhat under-supported. Sure, you've got online leaderboards to grind your way up as well but they're pretty poorly supported and the multiplayer options have you playing exactly the same things rather than combining forces to produce a super-mash-up. That said, DJ Hero is an exceptionally good game. It might seem like a bit of a niche title, and it certainly won't appeal to everyone but it breathes fresh life into the music genre again and proves to be a great party pleaser thanks to its 102 licensed tracks.
I'm still going to wait for it to go sub-£30, though.
Thanks to goonertillidie at HUKD