Monday, June 21, 2010

The Hip-Hop Game War Commences...

This fall will see two music games going head to head for your monies worth with DJ Hero 2 and Def Jam Rapstar.

I think I said this earlier when DJ Hero 2 is announced before E3 that I'm liking the new additions to this game making it more complete than the first one with more modes. We'll see if the song selection of mixes will also hold up as there will be some hits and some stinkers, but I can see why DJ Hero 2 is becoming better for the party atmosphere in your living room with more multiplayer options like vocals and two player turntable duels. Considering the first one bombed in terms of sales and now cheap to get, will the sequel have better success? Who knows with the rhythm genre in general these days even though DJ Hero has proven to be a great game to have around. Every time I play DJ Hero at my cousin's house on Hard, I have gotten pretty good at it even though I barely touched Expert, so if I get DJ Hero 2, I'll be likely making the jump this October.

Def Jam Rapstar, as you probably know already, is pretty much Singstar with obviously rapping. Likely the game will come out with radio edits of all the songs that will appear in the game from "Ain't Nothin But A G Thang," by Dr. Dre feat. Snoop, "Juicy" by Notorious B.I.G. (I know someone that would go crazy with that lol), "Push It" by Salt 'n Pepa, and many more. The social elements of this game will be interesting stuff with the 30 second quick clips like Singstar and the customization as well. I'm pretty sure people will find something that would rap, or in other words there's something for everyone in this game whether or not they like rap music. I still wished they would have dirty versions of the songs, but it ain't happening which is expected. Def Jam Rapstar is also coming out in October for the PS3, 360, and the Wii. (Giant Bomb has a clip of the E3 demo with Method Man and Redman's shenanigans too below)

Both DJ Hero 2 and Def Jam Rapstar do focus on hip-hop music as it is a sub-genre that feels untapped until now will those Guitar Hero/Rock Band games around. DJ Hero 2 does have more genres of music at its disposal besides hip-hop with the house/clubby stuff, but for those that just want to rap in their own living room, there's Def Jam Rapstar for that. You can probably throw in Harmonix's Dance Central to the mix too even though it is more of a dancing game than something with a hip-hop focus. I am indeed looking forward to both games and hope they do well this holiday season as they have the catered audiences ready to enjoy them. Then again, why not just get both to have around in your house parties especially after some drinks perhaps for more hilarity.

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