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DJ Hero 2 Wii review

One of the best music games of the year

DJ Hero 2 deals with the problems of the original by overhauling the multiplayer system, making it feel a lot more like Guitar Hero.

There are now special mixes created especially for DJ battles, where players take turns mixing sections of a track and try to outdo their opponents. On top of this, modes like Checkpoint (where you play the song together and each try to hit a higher percentage of notes) and Accumulator (in which you try to build up high note streaks and then 'bank' these as the song progresses) are genuinely entertaining and can get quite tense.

Then there's Party Play where you can set a playlist and then just play along, with players able to drop in and drop out and change difficulty without too much hassle. A third player can also plug in a USB microphone and sing along to the lyrics.

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The single-player mode hasn't changed too much, although the standard Career mode has now been replaced with one called Empire, where you choose your own club name and logo. This attempt to freshen up the solo mode isn't much of a departure from the original game, though.

Megamixes are a welcome new feature. These are essentially big long mixes featuring loads of mash-ups over one continuous song, making you feel much more like you're DJing at an actual club.

Love Scratchually

Other additions include new freestyle scratches, where you create the 'wicky wicky wa' noises yourself as if you were scratching a real record, instead of following preset scratches. These can be a bit hit-and-miss as sometimes the part of the record you're given to scratch doesn't really provide a good 'wicky wicky' noise.

Then there are the freestyle sample sections. Last time you could select samples before playing the track but when you reach a freestyle sample section in DJ Hero 2, the samples are unique to that section and they fit much better with the mix that's currently playing.

Best of the bunch is the freestyle crossfading. When this appears during a mix, you can slide the crossfader to the left and right whenever you like, switching between both tracks as you see fit.

The odd dodgy freestyle scratch aside, It's hard to find much that's negative to say about DJ Hero 2. As well as having some great new multiplayer modes, the game also features full online multiplayer capability and it's got another superb soundtrack.

This is an edited version of a review that will appear in the December issue of Official Nintendo Magazine which will be on sale on 28 October. For more in depth analysis, get the mag when it goes on sale.


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  1. imbusydoctorwho Friday 22nd Oct 2010 at 13:21

    cool i might get this, the original was great

    but with so many great games comming out i think i might leave this

  2. noodle link Friday 22nd Oct 2010 at 14:33

    The tracks in in are awful though. Just opinion I guess.

  3. geengy Friday 22nd Oct 2010 at 20:10

    When ONM first previewed this, they thought the devs shouldn't have improved on this, but it's great and now ONM see it!

  4. RubbishGamer Friday 22nd Oct 2010 at 21:09

    Great, now I know it's definitely good i'll feel happy about buying it, since I was going to buy it anyway.

  5. LaytonMario3 Sunday 24th Oct 2010 at 11:43

    No. I don't have the original, and this seems pointless. Maybe for Christmas.

  6. Zeldafan777 Tuesday 28th Dec 2010 at 13:59

    Pretty wicked game, got it for xmas.

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