"DJ Hero 2" (Oct. 19)
The first "DJ Hero" generated decent sales but still fell short of expectations, given that it helped expand the music game category into a new music genre. The sequel features tracks by Lady Gaga, Deadmau5, Kanye West and Rihanna and has earned high scores for improving on the original title. But it's still saddled with a high price tag due to the turntable controllers needed to play the game.
"Def Jam Rapstar" (Oct. 5)
A new entrant to the field, this hip-hop karaoke game has the benefit of the Def Jam brand and an innovative social networking element that lets users record their performances and post them to a dedicated website for peer review. An in-game store will be stocked with new downloadable tracks every week. It's received positive, if not glowing reviews. One common criticism: lyrics that have been heavily edited to achieve a teen rating.