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Game Reviewed: DJ Hero 2
Publisher: Activision
Developer: FreeStyleGames
Reviewer: Max Collins
Platform: Xbox 360 (Also on PS3 and Wii)
Category: Music/Rhythm
ESRB Rating: T
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Game Description:

DJ Hero 2 is a music game in which players take control of a disc jockey performing remixes of popular songs. DJ Hero 2 is played using a special turntable controller designed specifically for use with the DJ Hero series of games. Gamers utilize three buttons, a cross-fader switch, and the ability to move the record-shaped part of the turntable to input commands. The game requires that certain actions are performed at specific times and it is the player’s job to follow the stream of inputs in each mix.

Anyone familiar with rhythm games such as Rock Band or Guitar Hero will quickly pick up on how to play DJ Hero 2.

The songs in the game come from a variety of popular hip-hop, pop, and rap artists, such as Lady Gaga, Kanye West, David Guetta, Soulja Boy, Rihanna, Gorillaz, and Eminem. Instead of playing the game to an existing song, DJ Hero 2 actually combines two songs together to make interesting, never-before-heard mix tracks. This game boasts 83 mixes, 11 less than the original DJ Hero’s set list of 94 mixes.

In addition to the standard gameplay, DJ Hero 2 also supports vocals for any of the tracks in the game via a microphone controller. Unlike the first DJ Hero, the “DJ vs. Guitar” mode is no longer available. There is a lot for single players or friends to explore in this title and the increasingly level of difficulty will be a challenge for any gamer.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

There is no violence in this game.

Language

DJ Hero 2 does not use very many curse words. The words “hell,” “ass,” and “damn” appear a few times throughout the game.

Sexual Content

In the game, your DJ character performs at multiple venues. All of these locations have girls dancing provocatively on stages. While some of these characters are clothed entirely, others wear revealing clothes showing the upper thighs or cleavage.

There are also questionable lyrics in some of the game’s song mixes. For example, in the mix “‘Replay’ by Iyaz vs ‘Rude Boy’ by Rihanna”, the following lyrics are repeated multiple times: “come on rude boy boy, can you get it up? Come on rude boy boy is you big enough?” Many other mixes have lyrics that reference sex, lewd behavior, or body parts in sexual ways (“Till all these females crawl,” “I prefer the no clothes… I love women exposed,” “gave that big booty a smack,” “Superman that hoe,” “don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me,” “I know you want me,” “get it on… all night long,” “I’m into having sex, I ain’t into making love,” and many more).

Spiritual Content

There is not any spiritual content in this game.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

My biggest concern to parents is that this game might interest young children to music artists whose CD’s are frequently branded with a Parental Advisory warning sticker. Overall, the language in DJ Hero 2 is mild, but there are a lot of mixes with lyrics that are inappropriate in other ways. Since this game supports microphone use for gamers to sing-along with the tracks, you may want to make sure that the example lyrics listed above in the Sexual Content section are things you would be okay hearing while your kids are playing this game.



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