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Top Drive GTO Review

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   The Playstation gamer today has as many options in the peripheral market as the PC gamer. Wheels and more steering wheels are coming out here and there and companies like Logic3 have many more than just one to chose from. One wheel could be sturdy, but horrible in compatibility and performance while the other could be your dream come true. This review is on yet another Logic3 product, TopDrive GTO. The TopDrive is a small little wheel that probably my whole hand can cover, it's compact, light, but is one bad performing wheel. Read the review to see if the TopDrive GTO is worth any praise at all.

   The most lacking area in the wheel was its deficient performance. I toss GT2 into my PSX, and the results I get are truly bad. First of all, when playing with the wheel it is almost impossible to keep the wheel steady so it doesn't move all the time. The suction pads don't work well, and neither does grapple that needs to be screwed into the wheels bottom. I would pick a car in GT2 and barely be able to handle it, and the fact that TopDrive GTO doesn't come packed with pedals, makes the wheel just the most useless product to purchase. Although you can purchase "The Podium" also made by Logic 3, it's a stand that is designed for older wheels that have no platforms that fit under your lap.

   Onto the wheel's compatibility, since the TopDrive does feature NegCon and JogCon support, the compatibility issues with games are not present here. But hey, there always is a but. The wheel did work with about 70 percent of the games we threw at it. Much like its bigger counterpart the TopDrive Roadster, TopDrive GTO also has a mode button which increases sensitivity slightly. As for the NegCon and JogCon support that GTO has, all the games had no problem detecting the two devices that are implemented into the wheel.

   The TopDrive GTO has a very good shock feature in it. The rumble is tough, with games like Need For Speed 4 and Test Drive 6 the shock works remarkably, but with GT2, I didn't feel it much. Logic 3's TopDrive GTO isn't worth the $29.99, its small and uncomfortable design doesn't make it a good purchase, especially because it doesn't come packed with pedals. My opinion is you should definitely go out and purchase a V3 Racing Wheel, it is by far the greatest wheel on the market, and with all of its options, you can't go wrong. But if you have no space at all and need a little wheel to attach to your desk, this may be the only choice.




3/4/2000 SolidSnake

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