DJ Hero 2

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Impressive DJ game with occasionally contentious lyrics.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This game has some off-color lyrics and suggestive scenes with animated female dancers, but the main message is about having fun, mixing songs, and enjoying music with friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There isn't a lead character in the game. However, you can choose your DJ from various avatars, some of whom resemble real life DJs and artists.

Ease of Play

This game may be tough to pick up for those who didn't play the original. However, there is an interactive tutorial as well as varying difficulty levels to match your skill. Still, expect a somewhat steep learning curve.


Expect lyrical references to sexual behavior, including 50 Cent's "In Da Club" ("I'm into having sex, I ain't into making love") and Flo Rida's "Low" ("gave that big booty a smack, hey!"). The game also features female dancers who move suggestively, gyrating their hips and shaking their buttocks. These dancers occasionally wear short tops that reveal cleavage or bare stomachs.




The words "hell" and "damn" can be heard in some songs. The word "niggas" is sung by African American rappers. Some words are bleeped out, as in 50 Cent's "Da Club" in which he sings: "Niggas heard I f--k with Dre, now they wanna show me love/When you sell like Eminem, and the hoes they wanna f--k/But homie ain't nothing change hold down, G's up."


This game promotes the work of real artists and DJs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some songs reference drugs and drug use, including 50 Cent's "In Da Club" ("Look Mami I got the X if you into taking drugs"), Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message" ("junkie's in the alley with a baseball bat") and Young Jeezy and Kanye West's "Put On" ("Half bag...realest I ever smoked").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DJ Hero 2 contains some suggestive lyrics that refer to sex, drugs, and some other potentially sensitive themes, such as the line "sometimes I think I'm going insane, I swear I might hijack a plane" in Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message." Also, female dancers often move in a seductive way and wear tight and revealing clothing. However, the game's primary focus is to provide a platform for players to have fun playing, mixing, and learning about music.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom October 26, 2010

No In depth reviews? I'm changing that.

DJ hero is a franchise where you basically pretend to be a DJ (duh) You play rap songs which obviously are going to have mature lyrics. Such as 50 cent, one of... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 4, 2019

The game is really fun itself, just not for kids under age

The actual game is amazing, me and my siblings play it together all the time! I just think that if your parents don't allow swearing or revealing clothes,... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy September 13, 2012

It's impressive indeed!

OMG,DJ Hero 2 is an AMAZING video game! Great mustic,easy to play,ect.ect.AMAZING!

What's it about?

As with its innovative predecessor, DJ HERO 2 is a rhythm game that challenges players to \"mash-up\" two music tracks together into one mix. With the aid of a wireless turntable peripheral (included in the $100 bundle, or you can just use last year's model), you'll master scratching, cross-fading, sample dropping, and other DJ effects as you follow onscreen prompts to press the certain buttons (red, blue or green) at the right time. Perform well and the virtual crowd will go wild. This time around Activision has added new mixes, more modes, and additional support for extra peripherals you might own, such as microphones and guitars. Artists include Lady Gaga, The Jackson 5, Kanye West, Metallica, Damian Marley, LL Cool J, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Daft Punk, Eminem, Flo Rida, Nelly, Timbaland, Drake and Snoop Dogg.

Is it any good?

The new soundtrack -- featuring 83 mixes in total -- is well worth the price of admission. The music covers a wide assortment of genres (techno, pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, and more), including songs that can be heard on the radio today. The game is a lot more fun with friends, and this sequel offers six new multiplayer game modes, including Party Play -- which allows up to two DJs and a vocalist to jump-in and jump-out on the fly -- and a freestyle option for playing around on the turntable however you like.

Activision didn't try to mess with the formula in this sequel. The developer opted instead to deliver a rich musical selection, many more modes, and other goodies that justify the purchase. Note: All three versions of the game are the same (aside from low-resolution visuals in the Wii version).

Online interaction: All three versions of the game allow for multiplayer support via the Internet. In the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions players can communicate with one another and potentially be exposed to foul language and inappropriate subjects of conversation. The Nintendo Wii version doesn't support voice chat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the selection of music featured in the game. What do you think of some of the contentious lyrics? Is the impact of profanity lessened when it has been bleeped out? Do you think that Activision is justified in including songs that reference drugs, sexuality, and racial slurs?

  • Families can also discuss the game's depiction of women. The revealing clothing and seductive moves of the game's dancers are part and parcel to hip hop culture, but would the game's authenticity have been diminished had these elements been toned down?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99 ($99.99 with turntable bundle)
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Activision
  • Release date: October 19, 2010
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: T for Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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