Legendary French dance music duo Daft Punk is no more. After three many years, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo introduced their breakup in the type of an eight-minute video, “Epilogue,” wherein Bangalter explodes (he is most likely fantastic). While the finish of their music challenge is a unhappy reminder that we will possible by no means see Daft Punk carry out reside once more, one game gives the closest potential expertise: the authentic DJ Hero.
DJ Hero, launched in 2009 by Activision and developed by FreeStyleGames, was pitched as Daft Punk’s video game debut. (One of the group’s earliest tracks appeared on the CD soundtrack to Wipeout 2097, however not in the game itself.) Daft Punk went all in for DJ Hero, showing in the game as digital avatars, and offering an octet of eight multi-artist mashups and two Daft Punk “mega mixes.”
Daft Punk was not the most prolific musical act — the duo churned out simply 4 studio albums, a couple reside albums, and the full soundtrack for the movie Tron Legacy — so their musical mash-up contribution to DJ Hero is one thing of a treasure. The DJ Hero picks lean closely on Daft Punk’s least satisfying album, Human After All, however early bangers “Da Funk” and “Around the World” make appearances.
Here’s the itemizing of Daft Punk-led mixes, crafted by DJ Hero developer FreeStyleGames, adopted by a YouTube playlist of these tracks and extra. (Cut Chemist additionally contributed a mash-up of “Da Funk” and Beastie Boys’ “Lee Majors Come Again” to DJ Hero.)
- Daft Punk “Around the World” vs. Young MC “Bust A Move”
- Daft Punk “Da Funk” vs. NASA “Strange Enough ft. Karen O, ODB and Fatlip”
- Daft Punk “Da Funk” vs. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust”
- Daft Punk “Robot Rock” vs. Hashim “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)”
- Daft Punk “Robot Rock” vs. Queen “We Will Rock You”
- Daft Punk “Short Circuit” vs. Boogie Down Productions “Jack Of Spades”
- Daft Punk “Technologic” vs. Gary Numan “Cars”
- Daft Punk “Television Rules The Nation” vs. No Doubt “Hella Good”
DJ Hero arrived in 2009 amid a glut of rhythm video games. There had been 5 Rock Band video games (The Beatles: Rock Band, Lego Rock Band, Rock Band Unplugged, Rock Band Mobile, and Rock Band for iOS) and 5 Guitar Hero releases (Guitar Hero 5, Metallica, Van Halen, Smash Hits, Band Hero) that 12 months alone. DJ Hero was beloved nonetheless, as soon as gamers wrapped their head round the game’s devoted turntable controller — a peripheral far much less pick-up-and-play than your normal plastic guitar controller or drum set.
FreeStyleGames made only one extra game in the fantasy DJ sequence, 2010’s DJ Hero 2. A remix of Daft Punk’s “Human After All” appeared on the sequel’s soundtrack.
It appears extremely unlikely that we’ll get a new game in the franchise, after the cancellation of the deliberate DJ Hero 3D for Nintendo 3DS, and FreeStyleGames’ transition from Activision-owned studio to Ubisoft help studio, Ubisoft Leamington.
The excellent news for Daft Punk followers and rhythm game nostalgists is that DJ Hero controllers are dirt cheap on eBay. It’s the excellent time to mud off the old PlayStation 3, Wii, or Xbox 360 and provides it a spin.
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