I have been toying about getting this since it's release back in October - mainly because I didn't want yet another Guitar Hero clone in the house, and the decks look really big, so I left it be - but my birthday was looming, and I knew I would get a few bob off friends and family, so I really couldn't help myself - I had to have it!
I've been watching people in HMV, even on YouTube playing this, and I thought it would be fun to get - so I got it; yes, it's a high price tag, but it was worth it in my humble opinion.
One of the good things about this franchise is that it's not easy - yes, you can DJ pretty well in easy mode and beginner is just pathetic, I think it was just made for people to tap their foot to - but the higher levels expect you to be able to handle hitting the 3 buttons at the right time, crossfade and scratch, sometimes all at the same time, which is difficult - so you'll need to practice.
Not only that, but legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash, who is the pioneer of this turntablism movement teaches you how to DJ before you even set foot into a club. His lessons are fun, and if you don't do well he gets a bit stroppy, but that's all good. He does go in at the deep end though, and teaches you how to do all the tricks a DJ does, and goes into quite an advanced theory session later on.
So, when you're ready, you can get into the clubs, I would suggest starting with easy, as the others are tricky, and even easy has been rather tricky the further on you get, even my favourite mixes like Tears For Fears vs Eric Prydz is tricky, and Gorrilaz vs Blondie can be tough - you're going to spend hours practising those.
Talking about the music, I would say the selection is brilliant, especially the way you can have guitar and DJ at the same time, but tracks like IZZO and My Name Is together are just fantastic - I can't wait to work out how to do that in a higher mode with the crossfade and perfect timing on the decks! The genres are well mixed together, and technically the mixes are fun, but some of them are too submerged with scratching, I guess this was The Scratch Perverts' influence there - they're DMC champions. Other DJs in the project includes the legendary DJ Shadow, who is a master; DJ AM and other not so well known DJs.
So lets talk about the controller; it's a nice mixer/turntable set which fits nicely on your lap, and can be put on a table, as it's got non-slip feet. The controls are sturdy and the buttons are nicely moulded for your fingers - the crossfader feels very real and the hidden controller compartment in the deck is good as you can change options during the game with it. It takes 2xAA batteries which are supplied with the unit, and is wireless using a USB dongle which connects to the PS3. I had no problems whatsoever connecting this to the PS3, and no fiddling like I had to do with GH on the PS2.
I can't wait to hit the online part, but as a wimp I didn't try as I'm nowhere ready for the big stage yet. I think this element will make this game a lot more worthwhile, as I have never had this on GH due to it being a PS2 release - mainly because the games were cheaper on that platform.
Don't try and compare this with Guitar Hero, it's a different ball game, and even though it can be repetitive, I enjoyed it so much I was playing for 5hrs straight without noticing. It does annoy me though that it is so expensive - but I had to try it, and sometimes you need to push the boat out and give it a try. I highly recommend this game, it's fun, tasking and can improve your hand-eye coordination - and teaches memory as you have to remember what buttons to press when and how.
Go on, you know you want to, DJ!