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TopDrive Roadster Review

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  If you are looking for the right steering wheel to play with your Playstation, you came to the right place to learn about your options. This wheel is made by Logic3 who have been pumping out many products for the Sony Playstation. Their TopDrive Roadster deserves a respectable look at and we have it reviewed. For me, steering wheels have to be exactly precise with the more realistic games such as Gran Turismo 2, a lot like Interact V3 Wheel. If a certain wheel doesn't respond well enough or doesn't feature the sensitivity, then I may be put off by the product, but if the peripheral has what I want then I may praise it. So lets see how the Logic 3 TopDrive Roadster did with Driver, GT2, NFS4, Test Drive 6, and Ridge Racer 4.

  The wheel's compatibility factor is nearly perfect, I had little to no trouble with a certain game excepting the wheel. When I ran the five games listed above, all of them ran fine, but in order to get them to work, I had to change the settings on the wheel, which include compatibility modes like JogCon, NegCon, and the standard Dual Shock controller. If you had read my review of the V3 Racing Wheel then you may have remembered my problem with Driver, with the V3, Driver had no sensitivity in either the wheel or pedals, but with TopDrive the results for Driver are much better. Gran Turismo 2 worked but required us to play around with the settings in order to make the game recognize the wheel correctly. As for NFS 4, let's just say that the results for it were beyond great.

  Comparing the V3's GT2 performance and the TopDrive performance, I can safely say that the V3 tackles the TopDrive Roadster with that test. TDR (TopDrive Roadster) doesn't pack the sensitivity that the V3 does with GT2. In GT2 it takes the V3 wheel about 120 degrees (each way) of movement for the tires to turn completely, but with the TDR it's about 90 degrees. Then the V3 has many more options of sensitivity than the TDR because the V3 allows you to set the sensitivity to any desired rotation range while the TDR limits you to some preset ranges. On to Ridge Racer R4, when I tested the game out with the JogCon and NegCon settings I found the results to be quite good. I had no problems with the settings in that game and started to play the game in no time.

  The game that made the biggest impact on the wheel's performance was Need For Speed 4, I felt the wheel's vibration kick in when I took off, I just knew that it was love at first sight (or shock either way it works). It really seems to me as if the wheel was made to play NFS 4, every time you turn, accelerate, brake, or back up, you feel the vibration which by the way is damn good. The wheel obviously features more than one type of vibration, I can feel the shock on the bottom of the whole wheel and inside the steering wheel itself. So if there are any of you NFS enthusiasts out there reading this and want a good steering wheel for your NFS 4 then pick up this wheel. As for NFS 4's performance with the wheel, I'll just say that it felt like I was driving an authentic F1 vehicle.

Gran Turismo 2
Performance 8.6
Compatibility 9.0

Performance 10.0
Compatibility 10.0

Ridge Racer Type 4
Performance 9.0
Compatibility 9.8

Performance 7.5
Compatibility 8.0

Test Drive 6
Performance 7.0
Compatibility 8.4

  Majority of games that I played were satisfying with the V3. GT2 played better on the V3, NFS 4 plays better on TDR, R4 is nearly identical on both wheels, Driver is way better on the TDR, but TD 6 is much more superior on the V3. The result is more of a 50/50 split, if you like GT2 then you better buy the V3, but if you are into the NFS series more then you should pick up the TDR. At this point you have enough information to make up your mind on the perfect racing wheel that fits you.

2/13/2000 SolidSnake

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