Because plastic guitars weren't silly enough.
A spin-off of the Guitar Hero
series by Activision
, developed by FreeStyleGames, DJ Hero
is a large variation on the usual instrument-peripheral-rhythm-game-genre, in which instead of a representation of a conventionally popular instrument like a guitar, bass, or drums, you use a turntable peripheral. The difference comes from that while you do press buttons alongside on-screen prompts to interpret a song (albeit with two fewer buttons), some notes require you to hold down the button and "scratch" the turntable. In addition, you also have to adjust your crossfader bar to match the note highways on screen.
The soundtrack of the series consists of remixes/mashups of various songs produced both in-house by the developers, or by the several artists brought into the project, including and not limited to Grandmaster Flash, the late DJ AM, deadmau5
, TiŽsto, and RZA of Wu-Tang Clan
The original game was released on October 27, 2009 for PlayStation 2
, PlayStation 3
, Xbox 360
, and Wii
. DJ Hero 2
was released less than a year later, on October 19, 2010, for the same consoles minus the PS2.
Bears slight conceptual similarity to the beatmania
As of 10 February 2011, DJ Hero
, alongside its parent series Guitar Hero
, have been given the axe by Activision.
This game provides examples of: