DJ Hero is a music video game developed by FreeStyleGames and published by Activision as an expansion of its Guitar Hero series. Gameplay is similar to that of Guitar Hero but uses a plastic Turntable controller rather than plastic instruments. The controler consists of a movable Turntable with 3 stream buttons, an effects dial, a crossfader and a "Euphoria" button for gameplay and a hidden panel with additional buttons for use outside the game. A portion of the control can be removed and reattached for left handed players. Gameplay involves notes on three streams coming to towards players in an arc spinning towards players on the screen, which are reflected by the three buttons on the turntable, and represent the two songs being mixed and samples being added to the song. The crossfader is used to match on screen symbols and scratching requires players to turn the Turntable as prompted on screen. The "Euphoria" button is DJ Hero's equivalent to Guitar Hero's Star Power which doubles the score multiplier.
There is a single player career mode as well as competitive and cooperative multiplaer modes playable locally or remotely. The game features 102 unique songs with over 93 exclusive new mixes that blend genres of music, including hip-hop, electronica, R&B, Motown, pop, and rock. There will also be 10 tracks that can be played with a Guitar Hero compatible guitar for "DJ vs. Guitar" mode, and a microphone can be added for a non-scoring addition to the mix. DJ Hero was released October 27, 2009 and is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii and is also available as the DJ Hero Renegade Edition Featuring Jay-Z and Eminem.
- Developer: FreeStyleGames
- Publisher: Activision
- Platform(s): Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii
- Release date(s):
- NA October 27, 2009
- EU October 30, 2009
- Genre: Music video game
- Mode(s): Single-player, multiplayer
- Rating(s): ESRB: T
- Input methods: Turntable controller, Guitar controller, Microphone