DJ Hero received solid critical reviews, but didn't really cause a splash when it was released last October. 2009 was a dark time for the rhythm genre, and gamers were unwilling to part with over a ton for an unfamiliar new peripheral during the tail end of the recession. The price has been steadily falling- and now it's finally dipped under the £50 mark. Tesco are charging £49 when you reserve and collect instore, or £54 with their standard delivery. It's still £11 less than Gameplay (the nearest competitor) even if you shell out the extra fiver for postage and packing.
DJ Hero may have bombed thanks to Activision's over-saturation of the market, but it didn't really deserve to. It's a capable and imaginative new IP that combines the stagnating Guitar Hero formula with a fresh new musical genre. Three buttons on the 'record' emulate the familiar colour matching mechanic that we all know and love, but a set of fader switches adds a thoughtful new dimension into the mix (no pun intended). A strong collection of dance and electronica tracks provide a suitably epic canvas for your scratching, mixing and crossfading.
The build quality of the turntable peripheral is top notch- in fact, I was surprised at how reassuringly solid it feels. The disc buttons are a little close together for my liking, but it's a nifty piece of kit nonetheless.
DJ Hero's main stumbling block is that it's a fairly lonely experience. Riotous drunken multiplayer has always been the cornerstone of the Guitar Hero games, but the chance of finding a mate with another turntable is fairly low. Even if you do, there's only support for two players and the guitar peripheral support for certain songs is criminally underused. Still; if you've been sitting on the fence, this price might well convince you to swap your shredding iron for a set of decks.
Thanks to davver99 at Hot UK Deals