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Activision RedOctane Wireless Guitar Controller (PS3)

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      21.05.2010 11:20
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      A super controller for a super game, you now look the part!!

      As you may know Guitar hero by activision is a music game where by you use a guitar controller to play lead guitar or bass in many well known songs.
      You can get one guitar controller and the game, or buy the game solo. But if you want to play cooperative or 2-player then you will need another guitar. And your in luck, Activision and red octane released the wireless guitar controller for you to buy to enable you to play with a friend.

      The guitar itself is based on a Les Paul, hence the shape of the controller.
      The guitar itself comes in two parts, the main body and the guitar neck. The two pieces just slide together easily and make a satisfying click, you know they are joined properly!
      On the front side of the guitar body you have the following :
      Strum bar - Used to strum up or down to make the guitar react as if it had strings. Just above this is a small array of red led lights. They will light up depending on which controller number you are.
      To the top corner of the guitar you will find a directional pad and playstation button. The d-pad allows you to select and move up/down/left/right through menus. Reducing the need for your normal six axis/dualshock 3 to be used as well.
      The playstation button is the same as in the pad, you can go straight to the playstation home screen and quit the game.
      To the bottom right of the guitar body there are two buttons and the whammy arm. The buttons are start and select, used as normal with games, start pauses the game etc. Select can be used to initiate the power ups, which can also be done by quickly lifting the guitar neck end first.
      The whammy bar allows you to change the note when being played by giving it the echo/ wobbly noise. You can do this whenever you get a long note to play.

      The neck of the guitar has five buttons on it situated toward the end of the guitar. The buttons are green, red, yellow, blue and orange. These correspond to the notes you see on screen. You hold these down in order and strum in sequence to "hit" the notes. The harder the level the faster and more combinations of these five buttons you will be required to achieve.

      ON the back of the guitar you will find the battery compartment, which takes two AA batteries. They last for a long time so no need to panic there! You will also see two small levers too. One is to release the neck, for storage purposes, the other is to remove the faceplate of the guitar. You can buy new ones or even release your boring one and repaint or customise it. There is also the guitar hero logo stamped into it too.
      If thats npt your thing you can always use the supplied A5 sticker sheet t customise your guitar!

      The wireless reciever plugs into one of your usb hubs and is shaped like a guitar plectrum. Quite a nice idea and very novel.

      The adjustable shoulder strap is great allowing you to have the guitar hanging low or high for those tricky solos!

      So overall a great controller for one of the best music games available. They can be pricey but they are great controllers, which work well. A great controller, you have the game, you now look the part! Awesome!
      The other note i would like to add is just how sturdy and well built the controllers are! Really good quality, and so they should be for the price!

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        21.03.2010 22:26
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        Must have for guitar hero players who currently just use the PS3 controller

        After searching everywhere for a stand-alone guitar to go with Guitar Hero 3 for the PS3, I was relieved to finally find this!

        I feel I was rewarded for having to wait. Setting it up is incredibly simple. A USB device is plugged into the PS3 system, the guitar is assembled (This involves slotting the head into the body. Takes 2 seconds and provides excellent storage methods), press the PS3 button on the guitar and off you go! The guitar certainly looks the part, and comes equipped with two A5 size sheets of stickers to customise your guitar with and a handy strap, just incase you're rocking too hard!

        The only problem with the guitar is its range. Theres times when you miss strings of notes you're convinced you hit...whilst this may well be me sucking a bit, you can't help getting the feeling that the extra range is just delaying the transmission.

        However if you want a bit more of a challenge and look way cooler than you do sitting with a PS3 controller, you need to get yourself one of these!

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