There was no way I was going to purchase another of Sony's own analogue controllers having broken one too many. The Shadow the Hedgehog controller caught my eye - not only did it look awesome but it came in a neat-looking pod which would help keep the pad dust-free.
The contours of the pad and reduction in size made it nice to hold, and you can feel the fire buttons and analogue sticks being smaller in comparison to Sony's own. A cool yellow light marks the analogue being switched on. The recognisable PlayStation symbols - square-triangle-circle-cross - see to some strange renditions here on the fire buttons - of which I doubt the paint job will last - so unless you're new to video games then perhaps this is not the ideal pad to start out with.
The modal buttons - SELECT and START - have been relocated so that they sit underneath your thumbs during play and are about manageable. Other changes see to triggers making up the lower shoulder buttons (L2 and R2). In theory this could give you the precision you need there, but it might only just come in handy for games where you are able to map the buttons. Unfortunately, I did not feel I was able to rely on them for simple presses, and now one side struggles to register an action at all.
I tend to use this pad for games where I need the analogue sticks as I was able to depend on them - unlike the directional-pad. The directional-pad has a fairly sizeable surface area - the shape making it tricky for me to be accurate with as there was a tendancy for my thumb to be resting on a diagonal direction.
There's no extra functions as such, and while a risk does lie with those triggers, it's a shame that I'm not able to count on the d-pad for when I use this on the PC (by some means) as elsewhere the pad is fine - making this a disappointing controller without a shadow of a doubt.