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PSX Challenger Review

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   In my whole life of video gaming I have never been fond of Turbo controllers or any 3rd party controller for that matter. I don't find them useful, because the 3rd party who creates the controller would usually stray away from the controllers original/official design. That would leave the gamer who purchased the peripheral confused and he/she would find themselves not able to get used to the controller. That is usually my problem with 3rd party controllers and that is why I tend to walk around purchasing one. But let's see if Logic 3's PSX Challenger can pass my judgment.

   Right away when I picked up the controller I noticed that wrapping my fingers around it was uncomfortable, but that's because I am used to the original Dual-Shock controllers. The back of the pad has contours designed for finger placement, but my fingers are pretty damn long and so holding the controller was an annoying task for me. Logic 3 should have just left the back smooth, just like the Dual Shock controller. What I did notice is that the controller is more ideal for fighting games, when I threw my Street Fighter EX 2 Plus into my Playstation I found the results to be quite good. The original Sony controllers were finger busters but the PS Challenger's 8-way pad was very smooth to my skin.

   The Rumble effect for some peculiar reason didn't feel as authentic as the official Dual Shock controller does. The problem with it is that it feels weaker than the original Dual Shocks vibration. But on another note, it really seems to me as if Logic 3 is obsessed with making all of their peripherals compatible with a certain Namco controller. Their Light Guns are compatible with the GunCon, their wheels is compatible with the NegCon and JogCon and now the PSX Challenger is compatible with the JogCon. Those little extras make Logic 3's peripherals stand out a lot more over other 3rd party accessory manufacturers.

   The controller works with every game that I threw at it, there was no hassle or any irritation what so ever. The Turbo feature was pretty good, again I tested it with numerous games and I didn't get a failed result. And finally I want to mention the outer shell of the controller, I like the colors that Logic 3 chose for the accessory. The design that we have is half metallic silver and half glossy black which results in a very cool looking pad.

   The PSX Challenger retails for about $20, $10 less than the official Dual-Shock controllers. The price tags comes to be very handy especially when you have to buy many controllers for 4 player games. If you are looking to buy a controller with some extra features that the official Dual-Shock doesn't carry, this is the one to get.


2/26/2000 SolidSnake

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