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DJ Hero features Daft Punk, DJ Shadow and more

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I suppose it was just a matter of time.

I mean Guitar Hero was such a raging hit with the kids, adults and especially the musicians who watched their sagging record sales soar, that MC’’s wanted their slice of the pie.

Thus we have DJ Hero – a delightfully tacky new Freestyle Games creation complete with a faux turntable and tunes from Eminem and Daft Punk.

The premise for the video game, set to hit stores Oct. 27, is akin to its predecessor Guitar Hero and Rock Band where the player takes on the persona of a DJ with a control in the shape of a turntable instead of a guitar or drums.

The turntable is complete with 360 degree rotation and three buttons, two for records and one sample. Then there is a cross fader and effects and “euphoria button.  The player is given the opportunity to “spin” by correlating the three buttons and fader with a predetermined pattern playing during a song on the screen in three separate timelines.

So for the good part – music – the game boasts more than 102 songs and unique mixes. The list is impressive.

DJ Hero just seems like another way to waste time mastering something that is pointless. However DJ Hero skills may actually transfer to real turntables a bit more than Guitar Hero as the game teaches basics of mixing tracks.

And what’s next? Keyboard Hero, Tambourine Hero, Harmonica Hero or even perhaps Accordion Hero?

DJ Hero Artists:

  • 2 Pac
  • 50 Cent
  • 88 Keys
  • Aceyalone
  • Afrika Bambaataa
  • Beastie Boys
  • Beck
  • Bell Biv DeVoe
  • Benny Benassi
  • Billy Squier
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Blondie
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Boogie Down Productions
  • Cameo
  • Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers
  • Classics IV
  • Common
  • Connie Price & the Keystones
  • Cut Chemist
  • Cypress Hill
  • D-Code
  • Daft Punk
  • David Axelrod
  • David Bowie
  • David McCallum
  • David Penn
  • David Penn
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • DJ AM
  • DJ Demo
  • DJ Grandmaster Flash
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • DJ Kool
  • DJ Shadow
  • DJ Yoda
  • DJ Z-Trip
  • DJ Z-Trip ft. Murs
  • Eminem
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • Eric Prydz
  • Evidence
  • Fedde Le Grand
  • Foo Fighters
  • Foreigner
  • Freedom Express
  • Gang Starr
  • Gary Numan
  • Gorillaz
  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Hashim
  • Herbie Hancock
  • InDeep
  • Isaac Hayes
  • J. Period
  • JAY-Z
  • Jean Knight
  • Jurassic 5
  • Justice
  • Kid Cudi
  • Kid Sister
  • Kool Moe Dee
  • KRS-1
  • Little Richard
  • LL Cool J
  • M.I.A.
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Masta Ace
  • MC Hammer
  • Mobb Deep
  • Motörhead
  • Murs
  • N.E.R.D.
  • NASA
  • No Doubt
  • Noisia
  • Paul van Dyk
  • Paula Abdul
  • Pharrell
  • Public Enemy
  • Q-Tip
  • Queen
  • Rakaa
  • Reel 2 Real
  • Rick James
  • Rihanna
  • Sandy Rivera
  • Scratch Perverts
  • Shlomo
  • Street Sweeper Social Club
  • Tears for Fears
  • The Alchemist
  • The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra
  • The Jackson 5
  • The Killers
  • The Mad Stuntman
  • The Trammps
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Tiësto
  • Vanilla Ice
  • Wale
  • Weezer
  • Wild Cherry
  • Young MC
  • Zombies
  • Zakk Wylde
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Written by David Young

October 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm

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