Just when we thought the New Year couldn’t get any brighter,
our friends over at Pads and Panels released their “Best of 2009” list. Well, it seems that our little
piece-of-plastic-that-could has done it again.
Padsandpanels.com has named the FPS Freek their “Best Peripheral of 2009.” Thanks guys!
Here is padsandpanels.com's original review of the FPS Freek!
Tested with: Halo 3, Call of Duty 4 & World at War, Gears of War 2 and more
Review by: John Gustafson
The world of gaming peripherals has
been a mixed bag over the years for home consoles, with promises of
revolution and new experiences only to leave gamers skeptical and
mistrusting of any product that doesn’t come straight from the big
Luckily a diamond in the rough has
revealed itself that not only does what it claims, but exceeded
expectations. The FPS Freek, from Kontrol Freek, is an analog stick
enhancement designed to offer gamers a greater degree of control and
motion sensitivity to improve a player’s accuracy. Sitting atop the
standard analog sticks for either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, the
adaptor snaps into place with a bit of pressure minus awkward or
obtrusive changes to the appearance of the controller.
At the most basic level the controller
has taller analog sticks. With this simple adjustment the controller
has more sensitive analog sticks that either lessen or remove many of
the complaints commonly levied against first person shooters on
console. The extra height decreases the amount of force a player uses
to push the sticks, thereby limiting the amount of overthrow a player
could experience in a heated firefight. The greater degree of accuracy can be appreci ated by any serious first-person
shooter player, but the improvements aren’t exclusive to that genre
alone; FPS Freek also works well with any game that makes use of the
right analog stick.
Due to added height the FPS Freek adds
to the controller there is a definite learning curve players will
experience when they first adopt the product. It took about three hours
before we really became comfortable using the device and another three
to when shots had markedly improved and surpassed prior FPS prowess.
This becomes all the more evident when the FPS Freek is removed. There
was an immediate decrease in performance. Shots were less accurate and
we regularly overthrew our reticles and required quick adjustments. The
Freek was quickly snapped back on.
Players looking to step-up their
performance quickly and efficiently need look no further than Kontrol
Freeks’s FPS Freek add-on.