XO Special Edition Controllers

Just a short interlude on this page to show you that there is something happening in the Controllercult land. As i started to notice that although the XBOX One Controller is my favourite Controller of all time, it certainly breaks a lot. And believe me: i do handle my gamepads with a lot of care. So i had to buy some spare controllers for emergencies. Here they are, united in one Picture.

The 2 Camouflage inspired Editions called

– Midnight Forces
– Armed Forces

as well as the previously portrayed Titanfall Special Edition controller and the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare  Special Edition (Which i was specifically critical about before but it surprised me in how well it’s done and how awesome the gold details actually look)

The detailed look and specifications for the XBOX One Gamepad can be found here

WiiU Gamepad

Introduction
Is it a controller? Is it the console? Who knows and who cares in the end because in my mind, although this thing looks like a tablet and a controller made sweet love, it does a pretty damn good job at both. So without rambling on for any longer, let’s have a look at the WiiU Controller:

Specifications

Release Date: 2012
Connector: Proprietary wireless (IEEE 802.11n), NFC, Infrared, Extension Connector
Cable Length:
Dimensions: 13.5 × 2.3 × 25.9 cm
Weight: 491g
Features: Motion sensing, Touchscreen (854×480, 16:9@158ppi), Microphone, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Mangetometer, 1.3MP Front-facing Camera
Controls: 2 Analog Sticks, D-Pad, 13 Digital Buttons, Stylus, Touchscreen

Favourite Game
If you’re strictly talking which is my favourite game to play with this controller, and it has to use some of the features of the controller as well (and not just as a screen mirroring device) i’d choose The Legend Of Zelda – Wind Waker HD in a heartbeat. Just because it is such a relief to navigate the map or assign items with the stylus or with your own fingers.

Impressions
This Gamepad looks like a lot of things it is not. First: it is not bulky or unhandily or too big to hold and impossible to control games with it. Actually from my point of view it does a fantastic job as a gamecontroller. It is light, reliable and you can hold it for hours without getting tired. I’d never believed i’d say this when i saw the WiiU Gamepad for the first time but there you go: an all around good controller. I hope they (hello Shigeru?!) find some additional and more creative ways to implement the controller into a game. Amiibos seem like a good start for example.

Gaming 8/10
Design 8/10
Ergonomics 9/10

Be professional!

Just a short teaser for the next Portrait i’ll upload on this page shortly. A must have for people who want to beat Games like Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze or just like a more classic approach to Videogame-Controls.

Namco NegCon

Introduction
This is the one! My favourite controller of all time. Words cannot describe how much i loved every second of gameplay with the negCon from Namco. It is viewed as the best way to controll several racing games of the Playstation aera. Way better than dedicated steering wheels which came out during the same time.

Specifications

Release Date: 1995
Connector: Playstation Standard Connector
Cable Length: 200cm
Dimensions: 156 x 114 x 68 mm
Weight: 200g
Features: Controller has an Analog Axis in the Middle / Compatible with over 200 Race-Games
Controls: 1 Analog Axis
1 Directional Pad (Digital)
2 Analog Buttons
2 Digital Buttons
1 Digital Shoulder Button
1 Analog Shoulder Button
Start Button

Favourite Game
Without a doubt Wipeout 2097 which is also ranked number 4 on my All Time favourite Game list. But also Ridge Racer Revolution (Nr. 19 on the All Time List) is incredible with this Controller.

Impressions
You cannot top the Game-Feeling this controller creates while playing Wipeout. If you configure dead “dead-zone” and turning angle within the game to your needs, this Pad get’s near perfection. If there would be one gripe with it, i think i’d have to say that the almost 5mm the shoulder buttons have to travel is a bit far. This is the perfect one. I’ll never forget being able to finally beat the White Angel Car in Ridge Racer only after i got this controller. Best ever.

Gaming 10/10
Design 10/10
Ergonomics 10/10

Xbox One Controller: Titanfall Special Edition


Introduction
I normally do not purchase special editions of controllers. The last one i bought was one for Halo. But this one intrigued me. So here is a short portrait of the latest addition to my collection. The Titanfall Special Edition Controller for the Xbox One.

Specifications

Release Date: 2014
Connector: Wireless (Range approximately 10m)
Cable Length: Wireless
Dimensions:  mm x  mm x  mm
Weight: approx. 270g
Features: Special Edition Painting / Individual Impulse Trigger Rumble
Controls: 1 Directional Pad (Digital)
Dual Analog Thumbsticks
Menu and View-Button
4 Analog Shoulder Buttons
1 Menu-/Guide-Buttion
Kinect-Tracking-Sensor
Proprietary Headset Connector
Sync-Button

Favourite Game
Titanfall. Although when this post is released me and my friends are only just playing the Beta. But man Titanfall is great.

Impressions
The Paintjob on this Controller looks good. Of course it’s cheesy and that’s exactly the way i like Special Editions. There are several Easter Eggs on this Controller as discovered by Gamertag Radio. The Serial Number contains the Gamertag of the Designer Ryan Lastimosa (HAURD), The R/C-08202010 stands for him and his wife plus their date of marriage and 8120CK4AU120 is Leet-Speak for the Gamertag as well. Lastimosa Armory should not be a big one to figure out too.

Gaming 10/10
Design 9/10
Ergonomics 10/10