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Gaming: Afterglow Controllers

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I recently got one of PDP's Afterglow controllers for my Xbox 360. I love it. It has it's drawbacks though, and I think I should mention these first.

For the 360, all of their controllers are wired. It's not something I currently miss; I sit pretty close to the television and console anyway, but it's something many, many people would miss. Also, the bottom of the controller only has the pin connection, not the two long connections on either side. This means my headset doesn't work on it. The problem here is that now, when playing Fable 3 with my girlfriend over live, if we are to chat, then we need to call each other. As you can imagine, craning your neck to hold the phone while playing is not comfortable, at all. And my last gripe is that the lights on it have three settings: full blast, off, or flashing on vibrate off to full blast. I wish there were a dimmer option, or that the flashing was dim to full flashing.

Now on to the better side of things! It is precise. I cannot stress this enough, it its sensitive and precise like no stock controller ever will be. In that, it is perfection, and this should be what a controller is about. My other love for this controller is the feel. The buttons press better. Think about the first Guitar Hero controller you used. Now think about when you switched to the Rock Band guitar. Yeah, the clicking is better, isn't it? These buttons offer a great resistance that actually feels like pressing a button, performing an action. Much more satisfying than the stock controllers, who's buttons go "smoosh" in comparison.

I really, really wish it worked with my headset, though.

8 comments:

level85nerd said...

Fable 3 is still a really good game i think.

Andrew said...

No doubt, the Sanctuary took a bit of getting used to, though, and the way magic works feels a lot more restrictive than fable 2.

KuntaJay said...

I never heard of those controllers.

Rob said...

I hadn't heard of them but just looked on the web too- look quite good

Alnair said...

I used to have one of those. They are great for PC ports too.

Christian said...

Where can I buy one? Sounds awesome

Chic Armoire said...

I think the brightness on the controller is obnoxious, it killed my eyes. I like to play without the lights on and it's just too much. Plus it won't work with my headset and we'd have to call each other. So, then my neck and eyes would hurt. And that would ruin the Fable experience.

Andrew said...

Christian: I got mine from my local Gamestop, but you can also buy them online.

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