The system of scrolling color-coded notes employed in Genius Products’ upcoming hip hop rhythm game Scratch: The Ultimate DJ should look familiar to anyone who’s played any of the titles from a certain popular periphial-enhanced franchise. It rhymes with Schmitar Schmero.
But this turntable title looks to have more going for it than a familiar user interface, featuring an impressive track list of 60 licensed and original songs from chart-topping artists, including the Beastie Boys, Kanye West, The Gorillaz, Run DMC and Deltron 3030, to name but a few.
With Activision Blizzard prepping their similarly street-flavored DJ Hero, the winner of the turntable rhythm videogame market will likely be decided by the quality, authenticity and accuracy of their turntable controller. Scratch‘s deck is being created by Numark, a company specializing in DJ accessories and audio equipment, so we’re hoping they can shake things up, Rock Band style. Regardless, this is shaping up to be a good year for gamers looking to improve their virtual turntablist techniques.