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P7K Light Gun Review

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  When Time Crisis came to the arcades, it was a huge arcade hit. This triggered a release of the title for Playstation and it required a special gun which Namco called GunCon and bundled it with the game. Namco has always been releasing revolutionary products such as the GunCon as well as the NegCon and now recently the JogCon which was packaged along with Ridge Racer 4. After the arrival of Light Guns many other companies decided to give it a whirl and see if they can accomplish what Namco accomplished with the GunCon. Few succeeded, many failed, and one of the successors is Logic 3. See how their version of the light gun made it to the top of our accessory list.

   Logic 3's P7K Light Gun is a new gun which is programmed to function as a GunCon as well as a regular PSX gun. The dual-mode allows it to function with all current games and many games to come in the future. To test the compatibility with the actual games, we threw the gun against Time Crisis (one of my all time favorites) and Point Blank 2. Both of them are Namco games which will use the GunCon mode. First I popped in Time Crisis and the game had trouble recognizing my P7K light gun. In order for the gun to work, settings to the side of the gun must be set to GunCon/Normal. If both of switches are not set to both of the settings, then the gun will not work. When you start the game you may notice that your gun may not be very accurate, in order to change the accuracy you should head over to the game's GunCon configuration menu. The result with Time Crisis is fairly good after you shoot around for a while, but Point Blank 2's "Gun Configuration" screen disappears for some reason the minute it comes up. In order for it to hold you have to hold the Safety Switch button and aim. But still I had no problem with the compatibility issues but as you may have noticed the gun may have accuracy issues.

  This accessory really features a huge amount of options that can be used for any GunCon supported game. I tested Point Blank 2 and played a few shooting rounds on the level "Insane". The results were positive, what I thought was impossible turned out to be possible thanks to the P7K's rapidly insane "auto fire" feature that has two levels of speed, normal and fast. I also tested Time Crisis and learned that in about one and a half minute the gun can fire up to 400 bullets. That is crazy compared to what my finger can do which is about 155 in 1:30. Anyways, now that my finger has been humiliated by a toy I can also add that the gun features a reload speed which can greatly help you out in a game like Time Crisis because it turns your gun into a machine gun with unlimited ammo, but the reload feature doesn't work with Time Crisis for some reason, but hey you've always got the code.

  Now the next point that leads me in this review is the way the Light Gun works, okay so far it has perfect compatibility and excellent options/features, but what it's missing is excellent accuracy that the GunCon has. If you already have the P7K then you will notice that accuracy may be slightly off target, and it requires a lot of fiddling around with. It may take about 5 minutes to get the gun calibrated correctly but it is worth the time. Time Crisis and Point Blank 2 were both very alike in the configuration process but after awhile I got things straightened out with the accuracy.

   Unlike the GunCon the P7K is a lot lighter as well as more comfortable to hold. I found Namco's GunCon to be bulky and outdated, while the P7K was very light, compact and nifty looking altogether. I prefer the P7K over the official GunCon mainly because the gun has so many features and adds vibration to give you the ultimate feel. Logic 3 really pulled out a great gun, and for $24.99 how can you go wrong.

2/12/2000 SolidSnake

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