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'DJ Hero' (ALL) and 'Band Hero' (ALL) Get Priced

by Rainier on June 18, 2009 @ 4:03 a.m. PDT

DJ Hero expands social gaming to all-new consumers with the addition new music genres including hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance, as well as an all-new turntable controller. Band Hero features top-40 hits designed for a broad family audience who can play together as a band. According to Gamestop, the DJ Hero bundle will retail for $119, and Band Hero $199.

The franchises’ first E10+ rated console game, Band Hero delivers an exciting music collection featuring top-40 hits designed to expand the experience to a new genre and appeal to a broad family audience who can play together on the guitar, drums, bass and microphone. The game builds upon Guitar Hero’s easy-to-play, difficult-to-master signature gameplay and allows novice players and expert fans to join together on their favourite songs. Band Hero supports all Guitar Hero instrument controllers, as well as other music/rhythm game controllers.

The Band Hero Kit includes the following items:

  • Band Hero Software
  • Standard USB microphone with 15ft Cord
  • Band Hero Wireless Drum Kit with 5 Pressure Sensitive Drum Pads
  • Band Hero Wireless Guitar Controller
  • Kick Pedal for Band Hero Wireless Drum Kit
  • Standard Wood Drumsticks
  • Guitar Faceplate
  • Standard 1" Wide Guitar Strap

Band Hero is currently scheduled for release on Nov. 17, 2009 on the PS2 ($39.99), PS3/X360 ($59.99) and Wii ($49.99) while the full Kit will retail for $199.

DJ Hero will drop the needle with a completely fresh experience and legendary artists including Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Justice, Marvin Gaye, Beck, Beastie Boys and N.E.R.D. DJ Hero features more than 100 individual songs that have been transformed into more than 80 exclusive, original mixes by superstar DJs including DJ Shadow, DJ Z-Trip and DJ AM. With an innovative, new turntable controller and the hottest music collection of original music, DJ Hero is a unique new social music gaming experience that will excite the millions of dance club music fans who can now play along to hit songs from a range of genres including hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock and electronica allowing them to rule the party with original mixes.

Joining the internationally acclaimed DJ, producer and recording artist DJ Shadow, who has been consulting and contributed several mixes for DJ Hero, and making their video game debuts, DJ Z-Trip, a founder of the mashup movement who’s known worldwide for his sold out shows and eclectic style, and DJ AM, one of the world’s premier and most in-demand DJs today, appear as in-game characters and have each created multiple exclusive mixes for DJ Hero.

In DJ Hero, faces in the crowd are transformed into the life of the party as the game’s turntable controller – created exclusively for DJ Hero and featuring familiar DJ tools including a fully-rotating turntable, sample buttons, effects dial and cross fader – immerses fans into the authenticity of DJ culture and a sea of music. By utilizing and mastering various DJ techniques including scratching, blending, cross fading and sampling, while leaving room for creative expression with a variety of effects and player chosen samples and scratches, gamers will rule the party performing music as only a DJ can. Social expression is heightened with euphoric multiplayer gameplay where two DJs can battle competitively or have a player join in to emcee over any track in the game with a mic. Additionally, gamers can rock together as DJ Hero features DJ-guitar exclusive mixes played with a turntable controller and Guitar Hero guitar controller.

Partial Tracklist:

  • Feel Good Inc." (Gorillaz) vs "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Marvin Gaye)
  • "Jayou" (Jurassic 5) vs "Rockit" (Herbie Hancock)
  • "Bustin' Loose" (Chuck Brown) vs "Time of the Season" (The Zombies, DJ Shadow Mix)
  • "All Apologies" (Nirvana) vs "Give It to Me Baby" (Rick James, DJ Shadow Mix)
  • "Let's Dance" (David Bowie) vs "Jack of Spades" (KRS One, DJ Shadow Mix)
  • "Shout" (Tears for Fears) vs "Pjanoo" (Eric Prydz)

Activision's DJ Hero, developed by FreeStyleGames, is scheduled to launch for PS2, PS3, Wii and X360 on October 27, 2009 for $119 (includes turntable).

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