So, what do I want out of my next laptop and what must it include?
DJ Hero 2
DJ Hero 2 on Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii features an amazing soundtrack including titles from Justice, Basement Jaxx, and MSTRKRFT, Kanye West and Notorious B.I.G!
- Stellar soundtrack, expanded multiplayer and single-player modes
- Still a steep learning curve, turntable controller is still difficult to use at times
Expanded single-player and multiplayer suites headline Activision and FreeStyleGames' second foray into the spin-savvy mash-up scene.
Price$ 89.95 (AUD)
Activision and FreeStyleGames' first DJ Hero title had a lot of potential, especially taking into account its terrific library of mashups, but the interface and proprietary turntable controller still had some kinks that needed to be ironed out. The sequel attempts to pick up where the first left off, and it's evident that the series has taken substantial steps towards becoming a legitimate Guitar Hero-sized contender.
Song selection is the meat of any music game, and in this area, DJ Hero 2 is nothing less than stellar. Where the first game featured plenty of mash-ups of pop, rock, and hip-hop, the sequel fine-tunes its focus a great deal towards music that feels more authentic to a club DJ experience — namely, recently released hip-hop hits and electronic music. You'll see names like Kanye West and Notorious B.I.G. alongside house music luminaries like Justice, Basement Jaxx, and MSTRKRFT. The mixes feel much more appropriate to the style of the game, and in the course of review play, I rarely heard a dull track in the bunch. These mixes are aggressive, groovy, and punchy, and while this may sound hyperbolic, in my opinion FreeStyleGames has created one of the most dynamic and engaging videogame soundtracks in recent memory.
Gameplay modes have also been greatly expanded from the original. In lieu of the simple single-player mode of DJ Hero, there is now an Empire mode that follows in the footsteps of the Career modes common to guitar-based rhythm games. It features plenty of unlockable characters and content as well as a good number of celebrity DJs. But rhythm games thrive on multiplayer, and DJ Hero 2 benefits greatly from a substantial overhaul to its multiplayer features. You now have access to several different types of head-to-head DJ battles, each of which emphasizes a different gameplay mode. You also have the option of playing at a different difficulty level from your opponent, which does a solid job of leveling the playing field in cases where you're outmatched by a more seasoned player.
Because the game uses the same turntable controller as the original, any complaints noted by players about the device are bound to still ring true. In particular, I found it difficult to gain leverage when spinning the platter while holding the face buttons simultaneously. Players may have to experiment with different styles of gripping the platter before finding a comfortable hand position for scratching.
The game itself also has a high learning curve — higher perhaps than its guitar-based brethren. Much like other rhythm games, new players can start with the "Easy" modes and slowly work up the skills and muscle memory to skilfully execute the more technically complex functions of the game. By the time "Medium" mode rolls around, DJ Hero 2 will be asking a lot of your dexterity, requiring you to skilfully manipulate several different controls with both hands simultaneously. It's a difficult juggling act to get down, but once you do, the game really gives you the feeling of being a skilled DJ at work. The addition of freestyle scratching sections also adds to the immersion.
Ultimately, DJ Hero 2 is a solid and polished sequel, and hopefully an omen of even greater turntable-based games to come. The soundtrack is worth buying on its own, but the game surrounding it has all the right stuff to generate the same addictive social experience that recent rhythm games have become known for. Though there are still some small hurdles to accessibility, that shouldn't deter anyone interested in rhythm games or hip-hop and electronic music from giving this very solid game a spin.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Brilliant but not quite a breakthrough
- 2 HP Omen 15 (2018): Full, in-depth review
- 3 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 4 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
- 5 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
Latest News Articles
- Fortnite vulnerability could have enabled account hijacking
- Overwatch Contenders tees up inter-regional Showdown events
- Fnatic and OnePlus announce global esports partnership
- CES 2019: Nubia just announced the gaming phone that might be worth importing
- Razer have announced their first console keyboard
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- CES 2019 Round-Up:
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies