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October 22 2009
DJ Hero - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
10/11/2009ActivisionActivisionFreeStyleGames
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-2TBA$179.95 (Standard)
$299.95 (Renegade)
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DJ Hero lets you mix up tunes.
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Daft Punk have had a big input into DJ Hero.

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An in-game DJ Hero screenshot.
We're big fans of Activision's Guitar Hero franchise but growing up with and loving dance tracks over rock we are drooling over the prospects of this game. So you get a disc full of tracks (more on that in a second), but the big selling point is the inclusion of a Turntable controller which allows you to "scratch" the songs, and then use the cross fader to shift from one song, to another, or both at once. It's also possible to reconfigure the turntable to suit either a left or right handed person.

Anyway, first things first. The track list. There's a full breakdown of every mix in the game at the bottom of this article, but we can tell you now that DJ Hero includes over 100 individual songs included on-disc, highlighted in over 80 original exclusive mixes. Acts that appear in this game include Jay-Z, Eminem, Beastie Boys, Nirvana, David Bowie, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Young MC, 50 Cent, Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani and Daft Punk. We must say that this is a pretty awesome track list. If Activision were trying to launch this franchise with a bang then they have well and truly succeeded. Time will tell how well these games gel together, but from what we've seen of the game in action to date, the results look pretty positive.

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The Renegade Turntable is super-slick.
If you've played any music rhythm styled games then you should be able to pick up this game pretty quickly. The turntable includes three buttons (much like the fret buttons on the guitar), a cross fader which allows you to move the mix from one track to another, or quickly move it across and back to "spike", and then the turntable which you can wheel and move around to add addition scratching effects to the tracks. As you move up in difficulty even the direction and length of time you move the turntable has to be precise while performing perfectly for a period of time unleashes euphoria (similar to star power), but later on allows you to rewind the tracks so you can replay sections and increase your score dramatically.

With DJ competitions playing a large role in DJ culture, from impromptu battles to the DMC World DJ Championships, inclusion of the DJ vs. DJ competitive game mode is a natural fit, giving beat chemists the option to battle head-to-head to determine virtual DJ supremacy. Additionally, two DJs can mix and scratch together on multiple turntable controllers, a player can join in to emcee over any track in the game with a mic or, in around ten of the songs, using a Guitar Hero guitar controller along with a turntable controller, gamers can perform a series of infamous DJ-guitar exclusive mixes. What we don't know at this stage is just how much, if any, of the game will be playable online, but given the strength of Activision's online modes in the Guitar Hero franchise we'll be pretty disappointed if online gameplay isn't included, and plays very well.

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Hitting a 50-note streak in DJ Hero.
The track listing (below) is extensive but it's a little disappointing that you won't be able to mix your own songs together, let alone importing and then mixing your own CD's or MP3 collections. Perhaps that will come in a future update, if it's even technically possible (then again it makes it harder to sell DLC and future games if you can use your entire existing library!

We must point out, as Activision have stated, that the turntable controller will only work with DJ Hero and not any future DJ styled games from other companies. Bear that in mind when you purchase this, but from our viewpoint I think that's a fair enough position. Activision have spent the money on the technology, they have developed the game, and they are taking the financial risks.

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Daft Punk, strange, but very good.
DJ Hero will be released in two versions into stores. First is the regular version which includes the game, manual, turntable and the 93 song mixes on the disc. That will retail for $179 in Australia. If you want to go hardcore you may opt for the Renegade Edition which costs $299, but includes an upgraded turntable controller, a hard carry case that converts into the turntable stand, and a Jay-Z and Eminem 2 CD pack.

It will be interesting to see just how much, or even if, people will fall in love with this game. Mixing on a turntable probably isn't for everyone (then again, we probably said the same thing about guitars years ago!). October 28 can't come soon enough - hey! That's next week. Get pre-ordering!

Track Listing:

"Ace of Spades" Motörhead Vs "Groundhog" NOISIA
"Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" Bobby "Blue" Bland Vs "Fuzz and Them" Connie Price & The Keystones
"Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" Bobby "Blue" Bland Vs "How Do U Want It" 2Pac
"All Eyez on Me" 2Pac Vs "Bittersweet Symphony (Instrumental)" The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra
"Another One Bites the Dust" Queen Vs "Brass Monkey" Beastie Boys
"Another One Bites the Dust" Queen Vs "Da Funk" Daft Punk
"Around the World" Daft Punk Vs "Bust a Move" Young MC
"Beats" Shlomo Vs "The Big Beat" Billy Squier
"Beats and Pieces" The Scratch Perverts
"Beverly Hills" Weezer Vs "Fresh Rhymes and Videotape" Evidence featuring The Alchemist, Aceyalone, Rakaa & 88 Keys
"Bittersweet Symphony (Instrumental)" The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra Vs "Rock the Bells" LL Cool J
"Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas Vs "Satisfaction" Benny Benassi
"Boom" Grandmaster Flash Vs "Tap" Grandmaster Flash
"Bring the Noise 20XX" Public Enemy featuring Zakk Wylde Vs "Genesis" Justice
"Bring the Noise 20XX (DJ-Guitar Mix)" Public Enemy featuring Zakk Wylde
"Bustin' Loose" Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers Vs "Bust a Move" Young MC
"Bustin' Loose" Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers Vs "Time of the Season" The Zombies
"Change Clothes" Jay-Z featuring Pharrell Williams Vs "All Eyez on Me" 2Pac
"Da Funk" Daft Punk Vs "Strange Enough" N.A.S.A. featuring Karen O, ODB & Fatlip
"Day 'N' Nite" Kid Cudi Vs "Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas
"Disco Inferno" 50 Cent Vs "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" Indeep
"Disco Inferno" 50 Cent Vs "Let's Dance" David Bowie
"Disturbia" Rihanna Vs "Control" Kid Sister
"Disturbia" Rihanna Vs "Disco Inferno" The Trammps
"Disturbia" Rihanna Vs "Somebody Told Me" The Killers
"Excuse Me Miss" Jay-Z featuring Pharrell Williams Vs "Give It to Me Baby" Rick James
"Feel Good Inc." Gorillaz Vs "Atomic" Blondie
"Fight! Smash! Win!" Street Sweeper Social Club Vs "Intergalactic" Beastie Boys
"Fix Up, Look Sharp" Dizzee Rascal Vs "Genesis" Justice
"Fix Up, Look Sharp" Dizzee Rascal Vs "Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)" DJ Shadow
"Good Thang" Q-Tip Vs "The Big Beat" Billy Squier
"Groundhog (Beat Juggle)" NOISIA
"Here Comes My DJ" Grandmaster Flash featuring DJ Kool & DJ Demo Vs "Cars" Gary Numan
"Here's a Little Somethin' for Ya" Beastie Boys Vs "The Number Song (2009 Version)" DJ Shadow
"Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani Vs "Feel Good Inc." Gorillaz
"Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani Vs "Give It to Me Baby" Rick James
"Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani Vs "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" Indeep
"How Ya Like Me Now" Kool Moe Dee Vs "I Like to Move It" Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Marvin Gaye Vs "Feel Good Inc." Gorillaz
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Marvin Gaye Vs "Let's Dance" David Bowie
"I Want You Back" The Jackson 5 Vs "Just to Get a Rep" Gang Starr
"I Want You Back" The Jackson 5 Vs "Semi-Charmed Life" Third Eye Blind
"Ice Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice Vs "Straight Up" Paula Abdul
"Ice Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice Vs "U Can't Touch This" MC Hammer
"Insane in the Brain" Cypress Hill Vs "Spooky" Classics IV
"Insane in the Brain" Cypress Hill Vs "The Edge" David Axelrod
"Intergalactic" Beastie Boys Vs "Rapture" Blondie
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" Jay-Z Vs "I Want You Back" The Jackson 5
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" Jay-Z Vs "My Name Is" Eminem
"Jack of Spades" Boogie Down Productions Vs "Let's Dance" David Bowie
"Jayou" Jurassic 5 Vs "Rockit" Herbie Hancock
"Jayou" Jurassic 5 Vs "The Big Beat" Billy Squier
"Juke Box Hero" Foreigner Vs "DJ Hero" DJ Z-Trip featuring MURS
"Just to Get a Rep" Gang Starr Vs "Shook Ones part II" Mobb Deep
"Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" Indeep Vs "Word Up!" Cameo
"Lee Majors Come Again" Beastie Boys Vs "Da Funk" Daft Punk
"Lookin' at Me" Wale Vs "Hey Mama" The Black Eyed Peas featuring Tippa Irie
"Megamix 1" Daft Punk
"Megamix 2" Daft Punk
"Monkey Wrench" Foo Fighters Vs "Sabotage" Beastie Boys
"Mr. Big Stuff" Jean Knight Vs "Born to Roll" Masta Ace
"My Name Is" Eminem Vs "Loser" Beck
"Nothing But You" Paul van Dyk Vs "I Can't Stop (David Penn Remix)" Sandy Rivera featuring David Penn
"Paper Planes" M.I.A. Vs "Eric B. Is President" Eric B. & Rakim
"Paper Planes" M.I.A. Vs "Lookin' at Me" Wale
"Play That Funky Music" Wild Cherry Vs "Just to Get a Rep" Gang Starr
"Poison" Bell Biv DeVoe Vs "Intergalactic" Beastie Boys
"Poison" Bell Biv DeVoe Vs "Word Up!" Cameo
"Poison (Beat Juggle)" Bell Biv DeVoe
"Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit" Fedde Le Grand Vs "I Can't Stop (David Penn Remix)" Sandy Rivera featuring David Penn
"Robot Rock" Daft Punk Vs "Al Naafyish (The Soul)" Hashim
"Robot Rock" Daft Punk Vs "We Will Rock You" Queen
"Rockit" Herbie Hancock Vs "Lapdance" N.E.R.D.
"Rockit (Beat Juggle)" Herbie Hancock
"Satisfaction" Benny Benassi Vs "Elements of Life" Tiësto
"Short Circuit" Daft Punk Vs "Jack of Spades" Boogie Down Productions
"Shout" Tears for Fears Vs "Eric B. Is President" Eric B. & Rakim
"Shout" Tears for Fears Vs "Pjanoo" Eric Prydz
"Shout" Tears for Fears Vs "Six Days (Remix)" DJ Shadow featuring Mos Def
"Shut 'Em Down" Public Enemy Vs "Where It's At" Beck
"Six Days (Remix)" DJ Shadow Vs "Annie's Horn" D-Code
"Somebody Told Me" The Killers Vs "Pjanoo" Eric Prydz
"Strange Enough" N.A.S.A. featuring Karen O, ODB, & Fatlip Vs "Theme from Shaft" Isaac Hayes
"Technologic" Daft Punk Vs "Cars" Gary Numan
"Television Rules the Nation" Daft Punk Vs "Hella Good" No Doubt
"The Big Beat" Billy Squier Vs "Lapdance" N.E.R.D.
"The Edge" David Axelrod Vs "Eric B. Is President" Eric B. & Rakim
"Tutti Frutti" Little Richard Vs "Beats" Shlomo
"Universal Mind Control (U.M.C.)" Common Vs "Jeep Ass Gutter (Aaron LaCrate & Debonair Samir RMX)" Masta Ace
"Where It's At" Beck Vs "Six Days (Remix)" DJ Shadow featuring Mos Def
"Zulu Nation Throwdown" Afrika Bambaataa Vs "Get Down" Freedom Express