SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug 26, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- When the party starts on October 19, budding beat chemists, singing sensations and all of their friends will experience over 100 of the biggest tracks from the hottest artists, remixed exclusively for DJ Hero(R) 2, including Eminem's "Not Afraid," Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," David Guetta's "Memories" feat. Kid Cudi, Lil' Wayne's "Lollipop" feat. Static Major, and Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden's "Bonkers," Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today. Cranking up the soundtrack to "the most innovative and immersive music experience of 2009,"* the full list of 105 speaker-blaring tracks and club-shaking anthems that will be transformed into over 80 unique mixes for DJ Hero 2 reads like a who's who of music industry giants.
With all the songs now revealed, DJ Hero 2 has launched the "Name That Mix" challenge on the DJ Hero(R) Facebook page, testing fans knowledge of music to discover the game's tightly held and eagerly anticipated mixes. Every week from now until September 20, fans will be presented with a "mashup of mashups" video from which participants will need to decipher what songs were used to create each mix. Over 275 prizes are available weekly including trips to see DJ Hero 2 artists perform live and professional DJ equipment. To participate in the challenge or for more information, visit http://facebook.com/djhero.
"The individual songs that have been mixed into the DJ Hero 2 soundtrack have been viewed online more than 1.5 billion times, which really speaks volumes to both the size and scope of our music," said Dan Neil, Music Director, FreeStyleGames. "Working with some of the best DJs in the world, we were able to take this amazing collection of the biggest pop, hip-hop and dance hits, and with some turntable magic, craft the best soundtrack in entertainment."
"If you simply listened to all these songs we've handpicked to include in the game, you would recognize what an amazing soundtrack they would make," said Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs, Activision. "But when you hear them after the FreeStyleGames DJs give them the exclusive DJ Hero mix treatment, you understand why we think DJ Hero 2 offers an unprecedented music experience."
With the highly skilled DJs and music producers at FreeStyleGames - joined by Deadmau5, David Guetta, DJ Qbert, Tiesto and a crew of world renowned mixologists - dropping the beats, everyone will have a chance to experience the following songs in an all-new way:
The ultimate mixer of music and friends, DJ Hero 2 will deliver the definitive way for players to come together and party with a host of new multiplayer modes - including DJ Battles that pit DJ against DJ in mixes produced specifically for battle gameplay - and invite vocalists into the spotlight with integrated on-screen singing and rapping of lyrics and rhymes while bringing the party to life with jump-in/jump-out Party Play gameplay. Featuring the biggest dance, pop and hip-hop hits by the hottest artists everyone knows and loves remixed by world-class DJ's in an all-new way, the game's soundtrack delivers over 80 unique creations only available in DJ Hero 2. Further immersing players into the music, the game offers a heightened level of creative input and allows everyone to add their own touch, directly impacting the beats they're spinning with freestyle scratching, crossfading and sampling. The game will also feature an all-new career-based Empire Mode where players start out as an up-and-coming DJ on the road to becoming the head of a major entertainment empire, all of which is founded solely on their success as a DJ.
Dropping on October 19, DJ Hero 2 will invite a wave of new digital disc jockeys to the turntables as the game will be available as a Party Bundle which will include a copy of the game, two turntable controllers and a microphone, offering the ultimate "party-in-a-box." Gamers who experienced DJ Hero(R), the #1 new videogame intellectual property of 2009, can pick up DJ Hero 2 as a Turntable Bundle featuring one turntable controller and a copy of the game or as standalone software. The game is in development by FreeStyleGames for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION(R)3 and the Wii(TM) system from Nintendo. The game is rated "T" (Teen - Mild Suggestive Themes, Lyrics) by the ESRB. For more information about DJ Hero 2, please visit www.djhero.com, www.facebook.com/djhero and www.twitter.com/djhero.
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