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Tara Long vs. DJ Hero 2 and DJ Blakey


Sep 28
// Max Scoville
Activision held a press event last week to give all us gaming types the chance to fiddle around with their upcoming DJ Hero 2. While there, we ran into DJ Blakey, who was one of the DJs responsible for making the mixes you p...
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Freestyling in DJ Hero 2


Sep 27
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The latest video for DJ Hero 2 shows off how you'll be able to freestyle in the game. Now everyone can pretend like they're actually making sick beats by randomly scratching and no one will be the wiser. DJ Hero 2 will be ou...
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Pre-order DJ Hero 2 and get free remixes from Amazon


Sep 23
// Colette Bennett
DJ Hero 2 is coming out next month on October 19th, and for those of you who are patiently waiting for the release I have good news for you: Amazon is offering a pre-order bonus in the form of two remixes. These exclusive son...
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Kanye vs. Metallica: DJ Hero 2 mixes revealed


Sep 21
// Nick Chester
I'm already planning a party at my house for October 19. That's when DJ Hero 2 ships, and that's when I'm going tear the ceiling down around my family with 83 original mixes. I'm not going to, you know, actual mix any of them...
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DJ Hero 2 and Guitar Hero 6 demos available on Xbox Live


Sep 07
// Nick Chester
The Hero games are invading Xbox Live Marketplace, with demos available now for both the upcoming DJ Hero 2 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The DJ Hero 2 demo will feature four mixes: Pussycat Dolls Featuring Busta Rhymes ...
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Of course RZA's in DJ Hero 2


Sep 02
// Nick Chester
This was a given considering RZA has a Twitter account and likes to talk, but today it's been confirmed that the producer-rapper will appear as an in-game character in the upcoming DJ Hero 2. He's the final character announce...
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DJ Hero 2 soundtrack is 105 songs strong


Aug 26
// Nick Chester
Activision has revealed all of the songs that will appear in DJ Hero 2, and as you would expect, it's all over the place. From 50 Cent ("In Da Club") to Sam Cooke ("Chain Gang"), Metallica ("The Day That Never Comes") to The...
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Rise to the top in DJ Hero 2's 'Empire Mode'


Aug 14
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
As with everything in life, you never start at the top. You have to work your way up and that's what you'll be doing in DJ Hero 2's "Empire Mode." Here you'll be picking your brand, club, DJ and more and building up your car...
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Check out the multiplayer experience of DJ Hero 2


Aug 04
// Ben Perlee
Multiplayer is going to be a big addition to DJ Hero 2. After all, the game is coming in a SKU with two turntables, and FreeStyleGames and Activision really want to make this a proper party game. I mentioned them a bit in my...

Hands-on: DJ Hero 2

Aug 04 // Ben Perlee
DJ Hero 2 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii)Developer: FreeStyleGamesPublisher: ActivisionTo be released:October 19, 2010 (North America, Australia)October 22, 2010 (Europe) DJ Hero 2 follows the traditional music game sequel method of tossing in new songs on the disc. With artists ranging from Lady Gaga to Deadmau5, there is a broad spectrum of musicians whose work will be represented in the game. Supporting this is the single-player Empire Mode, in which the player works to be the leader of a music empire through mixing. Yep, it is nothing more than a single-player progression, but hopefully it'll be more interesting than the somewhat bland single-player mode from the first title. Also changed is the basic user interface. The overall layout and menu design is worlds better than the messy and confusing interface of the original game -- DJ Hero 2 has been outfitted with a clean, new, white interface and better-looking characters. In addition, it looks like the character models and animation have improved, with much more realistic dancing and mixing going on in the background. Gameplay-wise, there are a few more customization tricks for players. Remember the awful freestyle sample drops? It was an opportunity for players to toss sound clips into the middle of the song and freestyle. Unfortunately, they never sounded or worked very well. However, for DJ Hero 2, FreeStyleGames has made freestyling better, as you can perform your own spins, scratches and samples in a more harmonious and professional manner during the freestyle moments. Even more, players are going to be using the rewind ability much more often, and in multiplayer as well. It's a whole lot of little balancing that makes the musical experience better. Multiplayer seems to have received the most attention. People who have access to two turntables will be able to play newer and different modes. Quickplay, Pro-Faceoff, Accumulator, Checkpoints and Streak are all multiplayer modes for competitive players. I was shown the Accumulator mode, in which players have to achieve streaks of perfect timing before banking them into the score slot. With only a certain amount of banks, players have to be aware of their score, their combo, and when to slam on the Euphoria button. Pro-Faceoff is a traditional battle mode in which players play against each other, for the high score.  For Party Play, there are a drop-in/drop-out options while the music just keeps playing. Streak is much like Accumulator, in which players try to pull off better streak combos through songs. Checkpoints is a point-based mode, where each song will be broken up into different segments and each segment can be won. The player with the most points wins. Considering Activision is selling a $149.99 two-turntable combo for DJ Hero 2, it's clear this game is all about playing on the couch together with some friends. [Edit: Activision will be offering two SKUs for DJ Hero 2 in addition to that bundle, at $59.99 for the standalone title, and $99.99 for the game and one turntable.] Also making a return is mic support for those who want to sing along. What has been improved is that now whenever they jump in, they will be scored on pitch and range. It's a nice addition, sure, and having three players able to play together is always a good thing. People who liked the original DJ Hero are going to find a lot to enjoy about this one. There are some new features, sure, but it doesn't look like it's going to change things up that much. The music mashups are as delightful and surreal as ever, and the game has enough changes to mean this is a much more polished experience overall. 
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Back when the first DJ Hero released, music games were at a cultural high, selling hundreds of thousands of units; games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band proved that peripheral-based music games could not only work, but be very...

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Creepy digital Tiesto to appear in DJ Hero 2


Jul 30
// Nick Chester
Activision continues to work towards completing Bobby Kotick's collection of digital DJs and musicians, this time with the addition of Tiesto to the upcoming DJ Hero 2. The Grammy-nominated producer/DJ will have a (somewhat ...
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Dev reckons DJ Hero increased sales of real DJ equipment


Jul 27
// Jim Sterling
In the same way that Guitar Hero and Rock Band can help gamers discover new artists and gain a new passion for music, one developer believes that DJ Hero actually increased sales of real-life DJ equipment. Freestyle Games bel...
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DJ Hero 2 song list to include 2Pac, Stevie Wonder, more


Jul 14
// Nick Chester
Prior to E3, DJ Hero 2 developer Freestyle Games' Jamie Jackson said that the sequel would feature a massive artist list, packed with even more popular artists than the first game. The barometer for this popularity he said, w...
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What? DJ Hero sales: 1.2 million since launch


Jul 07
// Dale North
I saw DJ Hero on sale yesterday. At three places. And then I went to the used game store that I check weekly. They had a ton of controllers on the shelves. It looked like a DJ Hero graveyard. I wanted to take a picture, but I...
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Pre-order DJ Hero 2, get a stylish Puma bag, be cool


Jul 02
// Nick Chester
As if being able to totally bring the house down with fat beats isn't enough incentive for you to pre-order DJ Hero 2, GameStop and Activision are sweetening the deal a bit. Those that order the DJ Hero 2 "Turntable Bundle" o...
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Pre-E3: DJ Hero 2's artists have serious YouTube cred


Jun 10
// Nick Chester
Earlier this week, Activision dropped the first details on DJ Hero 2, the sequel to what its claims is the "#1 selling new IP of 2009." The title brings with it a slew of new features, including support for vocals, and drop-...
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DJ Hero 2 confirmed for October


Jun 08
// Jim Sterling
Yeeeeah boy! DJ Hero 2 has been confirmed for October, and will feature music from the living pantomime that is Lady Gaga. Activision has revealed that the game will have a new "social" element, featuring not one but two turn...
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DJ Hero gets house, electronic mashup DLC this week


Apr 27
// Nick Chester
Amidst rumors of an upcoming DJ Hero 2, Activision is still pumping out the downloadable content for the original title. On April 29, three mashups will be available for download, packaged as "The Domination Mix Pack": &ldqu...
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RZA hooks up with Activision, does mocap for... something


Apr 26
// Nick Chester
Hip-hop legend RZA is in cahoots with Activision. The Grammy-winning artist recently tweeted that he had completed doing motion capture work for the publisher, but provided no details on what game it was for. "Great team of g...
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DJ Shadow will be mixing beats for DJ Hero 2


Apr 25
// Matthew Razak
Time to pretend like I'm down with the sick beats, yo. As we all pretty much assumed, DJ Hero is getting a sequel, although it hasn't been confirmed. We've already heard that DJ Qbert and David Guetta may be involved with the...
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DJ Hero 2 teased, 'incredible musicians' promised


Jan 20
// Dale North
We found out yesterday that DJ Hero was 2009's highest grossing IP, so it should come as no surprise that DJ Hero 2 is already shaping up to be huge. FreestyleGames' Chris Lee dropped some tease on the sequel this week: "We'r...
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2009's highest grossing new IP? DJ Hero


Jan 19
// Dale North
If I had to guess what the highest grossing new IP of 2009 was, I probably would not have picked DJ Hero. Nothing against Activision's game or anything, but I didn't think it made that big of a dent last year. It did, though....
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DJ Hero 2 basically confirmed


Jan 15
// Jim Sterling
Oh what a surprise! Activision has broken the habit of a lifetime by announcing a sequel to one of it's music games. The evil publisher has never released a sequel or spin-off in its life, so we're all very surprised here. Un...
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DJ David Guetta confirms work on DJ Hero 2


Dec 30
// Nick Chester
42-year-old DJ David Guetta loves him some DJ Hero. His music has appeared as part of downloadable content for Activision's recent title, and it won't end there. Guetta claims he'll be working on the sequel, which he calls "t...
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Standalone DJ Hero turntables now available


Dec 01
// Jordan Devore
Activision is now offering standalone DJ Hero controllers for the first time, in case you wanted to mix it up with a friend, multiplayer-style. I don't foresee a ton of people taking this offer up at the current price of $69....
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Here's the new DJ Hero DLC in glorious moving pictures


Nov 25
// Jordan Devore
The welcoming party for the first DJ Hero DLC mixes wasn't entirely welcoming. Heck, they were carrying torches, pitchforks, and the like. I think one of them might've even scowled for a second there. Up now for download, th...
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Expect fewer 'Hero' titles from Activision next year


Nov 13
// Nick Chester
No doubt about it -- a lot of Hero games came out this year. The list, in full: Guitar Hero: Metallica; Guitar Hero 5; Band Hero; DJ Hero; Band Hero for the Nintendo DS; Guitar Hero: Modern Hits for the DS; and this Dece...
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DJ Hero, Assassin's Creed 2 Avatar clothes on Xbox Live


Nov 12
// Jim Sterling
Really? DJ Hero? Really? Another day, another batch of useless digital clothing that we're expected to pay good money for. In addition to a whole batch of DJ Hero stuff, you can now buy Assassin's Creed 2 gear as well. Great ...
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Here are those DJ Hero DLC mixes in action


Oct 30
// Nick Chester
A little late, but Activision has finally decided to let you hear the mixes you could have downloaded for DJ Hero since yesterday.   The two mixes -- “All Of Me” by 50 Cent featuring Mary J. Blige ...
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DJ Hero gets its first DLC: Gorillaz, Queen, and more


Oct 29
// Jordan Devore
DJ Hero may have a high amount of mixes on the disc -- 93, to be exact -- but there's always room for more. Especially if you find yourself getting tired of the same songs appearing in multiple mash-ups. Available now on Xbox...

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