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GBU Game Review for DJ Hero (Xbox360)

Finally, a new hat in the music game genre. Results are generally good, if not difficult, but hey….I couldn’t play Guitar Hero at first either, now I can do consistent 5’s on hard mode. Anyways, some thoughts on whether or not this fulfills my childhood fantasy of being a DJ :-p It’s available on the Xbox360, PS3, PS2 and the Wii. This gets an 8/10 from me.

The Good – DJ music game that comes with a turntable controller. If you’re familiar with Guitar Hero/Rock Band, some things will be a bit familiar. Such as a flowing note chart in which you have to hit the right button to the music to succeed, hoping to get 5 stars by the end of the song. What’s new here, well all of the music are mashups, a combination of 2 tracks premixed and tweaked for a club sound. Not my favorite, but it works and sounds really well in this case. The music spans all types of genres, from hip-hop to dance to rock to pop, there’s bound to be something for everyone. There’s 3 buttons on the turntable,  hit the right one to the tune, sometimes you gotta scratch, and on harder modes, crossfade between tracks. There’s the starpower equivalent, Euphoria, which of course doubles your points for a limited amount of time, and other features that keep you motivated during play. Once you get the hang of things you get the cool sensation of rockin the party and it’s a ton of fun. There’s a ton of mixes, a bunch of unlockables and just an all around fun atmosphere.

The Bad – This just feels like it’ll be harder than GH/RB for some people. Not all the tracks are winners, it would’ve been nice if all the songs were accessible instead of having to unlock them. Getting the hang of crossfading is reeeaaallly tough, luckily I’m not dealing with that yet since I’m stickin with easy mode at the moment. The turntable and crossfader portion are physically a little too close for me, I’m a big dude, adjustable width should’ve been part of the controller design. Find something to lay the controller on, keeping it in your lap can be pretty uncomfortable. I was hoping for a freestyle scratching mode, but nope, deal with the songs included. There’s some lost potential there.

The Ugly – Some of the characters, they’re similar to the Guitar Hero look….we’ve said on the podcast, we like the look of the Rock Band folk a lot more.

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU Game Review for DJ Hero (Xbox360)

What Rich got for Christmas

Yes yes, it was a good Christmas for me. I’m the guy in the family that nobody can buy for, the geek with the itchy trigger finger….if I want it right away, I’m gettin it. But every year when I cross this bridge with the family, you know, when they ask what do I want for Christmas? I give them a list of movies and games and tell them to surprise me. I only asked for 360 games since I bought everything I wanted on PS3 this year, and the Wii….well, not much to ask for on that really. Anyways, here’s what I got.

Xbox360 Games

DJ Hero– This game’s a ton of fun. Growing up listening to hip-hop and dance music, I’ve always wanted to dabble in the art of the DJ. It’s about as realistic as Guitar Hero/Rock Band is with guitars, which is to say not so much. But that’s okay, it’s fun to pretend and it’s got a solid soundtrack to boot.
F.E.A.R. 2– Well I’m a fan of the 1st game, so I’m definitely down with the sequel. It’s like a peanut butter/chocolate mix of gaming for me….except it’s scary game/first person shooter 🙂
Viva Pinata:Trouble In Paradise– The 1st game was serious crack for me….I hear this game is basically Viva Pinata 1.5, fixing/adding things but keeping the core game the same….I’m cool with that.

Blu-ray Movies

Inglourious Basterds- I love all of Tarantino’s films and this one’s no exception. Superb HD picture.

Fight Club– One of my top 10 films. Picture is a worthy upgrade over the DVD, Fincher likes to film his stuff in sickly dark colors, so it won’t be eye popping. But the sound is AMAZING.

The Hangover– Probably my favorite comedy of ’09, Zach Galifianakis is genius in this!

Role Models– I’m all about the Judd Apatow and Apatow related comedies, like this one. Shows LARPing in a hilarious light, even though I find it a bit creepy, but that’s just me.

Funny People– Judd Apatow’s third flick, surprisingly mature too. Billed more as a drama despite the title, the 1st half is hilarious, the 2nd half gets serious. Great flick, if a bit long. 2 1/2 hrs, yikes!

Hot Fuzz– The Shaun of the Dead guys do it again! One of my favorite flicks, I can watch this over and over. The Blu-ray presentation is a 10 all around too.

Friday- Jamie and I love this freakin movie….come up to us and quote it and you’ve made an instant friend. This Blu-ray has a gorgeous film-like quality to the picture,  and the audio sees a nice bump to the music quality. Plus it’s the director’s cut, adding some really funny stuff to the beginning and end to this comedy classic.

January 7, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on What Rich got for Christmas