The Batarang Controller (Gaming Gear Review)
|Platforms:||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Release Date:||October 18th, 2011|
Since I was able to start buying all of my own games and gaming gear back in the N64 days, I have never been one to purchase anything “aftermarket”. You know what aftermarket is; it’s the knock-off controllers and accessories companies release that aren’t officially licensed by the console manufacturer. The reason I’ve had such a tough time buying these products is they always felt cheap. Sure, compared to the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) controllers that shipped with your system, they were much less expensive – but that came at a price. That price was quality. The buttons never flet right, the D-Pad and Analog Sticks just didn’t measure up and the overall build quality was just poor in comparison.
Well times have changed, technology has advanced and aftermarket manufacturers, like Power A, have started putting out products that not only compare in quality to their OEM counterparts, but surpass them. Sometimes adding little bonus features like wireless connectivity, turbo buttons, lights and even air conditioning. When done right these new controllers can take the place of your tried, tested and true original.
Enter The Batman: Arkham City Batarang controller. It was, and still is, available at key retailers in conjunction with the game’s October 18, 2011 release date. I was able to pick my PS3 version up at Wal-Mart here in Ontario, Canada for a little less than the price of an OEM controller at $49.99
After some serious testing sessions with the game it was named after, Batman: Arkham City in conjunction with Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, NBA2K12 and Mass Effect 2, I can honestly say this is one controller that’s worth the money.
Power A has a great track record for making 3rd party controllers. In fact, I’ve been using their “Pro Elite Wireless Controller” for over a year now with absolutely no complaints. I’m a much bigger fan of the Xbox 360 controller layout than I am of the PS3 Duel Shock’s, so the fact that the D-Pad and Left Analog stick have been reversed on this controller is a HUGE plus for me. So that being said, I didn’t include this as a “Pro” or “Con” in my list below because it actually comes down to overall preference. Another great aspect of the controller is how long it holds a charge. I’ve played for a few hours last night & again today and the battery gauge hasn’t moved at all. The less time charging, the more time playing. Win, win. I would say the only big negative I can dig up is the placement of the buttons in the middle of the PS3 controller. They just seem too close together. There has been more than one time I’ve tried to hit start and ended up turning on the LED colours. The same can be said for trying to hit the select button and pressing the battery indicator light. This is just a minor gripe in the grand scheme of things though really.
- Light but feels very well constructed
- Dual rumble motors and motion sensing technology – works with SIXAXIS compatible games
- LED illumination featuring 7 different colours to personalize your controller
- Comfortable soft touch grips
- Officially licensed Batman collectible
- Batman-themed USB RF Receiver
- Internal rechargeable battery and 6 ft/1.8m USB charging cable
- “Battery”, “Select”, “Home”, “Start”, & “LED” buttons are too close together
- Buttons don’t light up for night time gaming
- Xbox 360 version is wired
- Unable to turn on PS3 with controller
If you’re looking for a new controller to replace your old PS3 Dual Shock, look no further than the Batarang Controller. As long as you don’t mind the reversed Analog and D-Pad you will not be disappointed.