…and by axe we don't mean some mythical new "sent-from-on-high-by-Hendrix-himself" plastic peripheral to go along with a new installement in the long-running rhythm-music series, but rather that Activision has given Guitar Hero the chop. Fourteen different RSI-inducing Guitar Hero games…
Activision has set an RRP of a whopping and slightly arbitrary £107.99 for the upcoming release of DJ Hero. The tag for the turntable version of the famous guitar-based series includes the game plus the peripheral controller and sits a whole £38 higher on the shelf than it predecessors.
The move is a lovely bit of understanding given that we’re currently in a recession and, just to let us know that it is entirely personal, the games company is recommending the title be sold in the US for around £30 less. Thanks Activision.
Fortunately, not everyone is sticking to that RRP. HMV will be offering the game for £99 and several online retailers for a little less.
DJ Hero, the latest in the Hero series, will come complete with 80 original and exclusive mixes, hot from the turntables of superstar disc jockeys, DJ Shadow, DJ Z-Trip and DJ AM, all of whom appear as in-game characters.
Songs from the likes of Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Justice, Marvin Gaye, Beck, Beastie Boys and N.E.R.D will be yours to scratch and mix into oblivion.
The new turntable controller features a cross-fader, effects dial, sample buttons and a fully rotatable deck and will provide a more creative experience, with user-chosen samples and effects, DJ Hero promises to be more than just the button smashing blast that Guitar was and is.
But don’t sling you axe in the bin just yet because there are guitar-DJ mixes for you to team-up and rock-out on.
Slightly less excitingly, the opportunity to for you to plug in a mic and emcee over your tracks is available. But unless this takes the form of a humorous battle rap I wouldn’t recommend emceeing anywhere anyone might see you.
DJ Hero will be available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later this year – probably in the run-up to Xmas.
The good news is that Duncan’s feeling better this week. The bad is that he was at home at 9am this morning. So, with the power of Skype, we’ve recorded the show over the airwaves and it’s just as ace as ever.
This week we get a little Windows 7 heavy after a good start about Apple and Twitter, the all new Amazon Kindle and three new games from Activision including the eagerly awaited DJ Hero.
Around half way through we’ve got our regular software vs hardware debate. I totally nail Duncan with my sales technique and get him to part with a whole virtual $38 of his own personal wealth for the teeny, tiny Nubbin while he does so-so on the Windows 7 RC.
As usual we wrap it all up with week’s more amusing items, not least of all the video of the bloke with his home made Wolverine claws. Not to be missed.
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