Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
Member Name: peckinpigeon
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
Advantages: Perfect design, built for gaming
Disadvantages: Modern controllers are a bit pricey...
Iv'e never written a review for a game controller before, but i'm up for trying, and where better to start than this little beauty. First off may i say what a vast improvement this controller is over the original, the old black behemoth was nothing short of an invitation to cramp city, there should be a book written on the necessary hand positions needed to use the blasted thing.
Thankfully the 360 controller has been squeezed down into a more human hand friendly shape and maintains a lovely curvy aspect that fits snuggly in yer' mitts. They must have done a lot of design research, no matter where you put your hands on the controller, all your fingers just have a place to be, no matter what kind of awkward button press is required, and they should be applauded for the button layout which i'll take a gander at now.
Starting with the shoulder buttons (the back ones being referred to as triggers). From holding the controller in what i'm now going to refer to as "standard" position, access to the back triggers is easy, making FPS games a breeze, the triggers sport a neat curve to accommodate the finger and you can easily move to the front shoulder buttons which retain a more simple flat button aspect, so as to avoid confusing them with the triggers during particularly tense gaming moments.
Flip the device over to the front and your presented with my absolute favourite aspect of any controller iv'e had the pleasure of filling with crisp crumbs. The D-pad is almost perfectly spaced away from the left analogue stick, just below it to the right in fact, and so many bloody controllers get this wrong. Some games require you to move quickly between the analogue and D-pad, a lot of controllers have them positioned awkwardly away from each other making this difficult and occasionally frustrating. The Xbox 360 solves this with SIMPLE LOGICAL DESIGN. On top of that the D-pad is supported by a rollerball and sits slightly raised from the base, so fans of fighting games and the new street fighter will find it easy to handle those specials.
A lot of the design features work to reduce the amount of time you spend looking down at the controller to check your accuracy, all the buttons have a feel to them so once your used to the controller you'll find it incredibly easy to use and you won't have much trouble adapting to new games.
Both the left and right analogue sticks have raised bumps around the circumference which is neat because the analogue sticks are quite small and you could slip off, but not too small to be considered awkward though, they are I suppose the Baby bears porridge of analogue sticks, juuuust right. X, Y, B and A retain there classic formation, housed in there glassy bubbles on the front. And in the center taking pride and place(apart from stat and select, there there too don't worry), the Big Xbox X button, which during play glows a cheery green, you can also use it to turn the console on at a distance, making you feel completely in control, or at least like a cyborg (just me?).
There are two power options for the wireless controller, on the back you have a clip out compartment for two AA batteries, or you could plug it in, making it not wireless but functional none the less. The battery life for the controller is pretty good, my Xbox playing is a bit sporadic, but i find that with fairly regular play you can squeeze a couple of weeks out of the little bugger. Also below the battery pack is the plug in point for your Xbox headset, the headset that comes with the actual console is not very good and you should try and replace it immediately if you intend to play online! Being able to shove the headset straight into the controller is another one of my favourite things about the controller.
As far as playing games with the controller, the response time is about 70 percent down to the game developers but every last percent of that hundred is positive to the controllers command response. And of course what controller would be complete without the rumble feature, nothing more satisfying than taking out Locusts when you can feel the rumble of your chainsaw machine gun!
Overall a delicious sleek design, and a vast improvement on the original controller, and all round definitely one of my top controllers, a controller that uses SIMPLE LOGICAL DESIGN to the greatest effect.
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Summary: Proudly sits at the top of piles of old controllers.
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