A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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").
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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.
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.
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