Today Activision announced that FreeStyle Games’ turntable touting rhythm game DJ Hero will arrive in North America on October 27. The rest of the world will have to wait until “late October.”
For those of you who don’t know, DJ Hero lets gamers cut and scratch their way though over 100 songs from some of the worlds most famous artists. The game will come bundled with a turntable controller that features a rotatable turntable as well as three “stream” buttons and a crossfader. Players are tasked with following on screen commands to get their mix just right.
As someone who owns turntables and considers himself a “DJ,” I don’t know how I feel about this game. I imagine it must be like guitar players talking about Guitar Hero. On one hand I feel that DJ Hero has a lot of promise and will motivate young people to invent in some real turntables. However, I also fear that a lot of young people will be bamboozled, getting the wrong idea of what turntablism really is. While I haven’t played DJ Hero, I can say with almost all certainty that it is nothing like real DJing. Just go onto Youtube.com and search “DJ Q-Bert” or “Cut Chemist” to see what I mean.
DJ Hero is currently in development for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and PS2. As of right now, Activision has yet to announce a price for the game, however Various retailers have the game listed at $120.00 on current generation consoles. The PS2 version is listed at $100.