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A Freek For Precision
Kontrol Freek has been at the forefront of controller analog add-ons to help with both precision aiming and maneuverability. Their latest gadget is a Call of Duty Black Ops designed analog extender called the FPS Freek Prestige. This works for controllers of various types, including PlayStation 3 controllers, Xbox 360 controllers and PC compatible USB controllers. Unfortunately, these extenders do not work quite as well for third-party console controllers from MadCatz or Splitfish.
This Call of Duty Black Ops FPS Freek prestige review covers the efficiency of the device as well as some of its pros and cons for using the device.
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I’m sure a lot of people question what the heck is an FPS Freek controller add-on and how does it work? Well, Kontrol Freek is a company that specializes in game controller accessories, more specifically, analog extender accessories that add both an aesthetic element to the controller analog as well as an extra functional capacity for precision gaming.
The extenders actually do work, giving gamers up to 40% more precision on their aiming capabilities for most shooters. The one thing that becomes slightly bothersome, however, is that the precision extension is correlated to the controller calibration and the game’s overall options for sensitivity adjustment. Hence, the analog extenders may be more precise for some games more than others, depending on the support and sensitivity sliders available in the game.
As mentioned in the previous section, these extenders don’t work necessarily well with third-party controllers that have analog stick designs different from the standard analog stick sizes used for standard Xbox 360 or PS3 controllers. So if your entire controller collection is composed of non-first party controllers it may be a bit difficulty getting the Kontrol Freek FPS Prestige to fit onto the analog(s).
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Ultimately, there’s no real point in using something if it doesn’t provide the users with much of any kind of effective use. Now, despite the name and visual aesthetic of the analog pads being geared for Call of Duty Black Ops, the analog extenders can be used with any game on any controller that actually fits them. Hence, the extenders were tested on a number of games, including Resident Evil, Borderlands and a few other Modern Warfare shooters. I can readily say that so long as the sensitivity is appropriately adjusted for the designated game, then you can actually see and feel the difference in using the extenders. I’m not sure I would go as far to say that all 40% of the added precision can be realized but for most console games it’s an added touch of effectiveness, ultimately making it a very useful product.
Of course, even with added precision, any analog stick still pales in comparison to the heightened accuracy provided with the typical keyboard and mouse combination for PC gaming. But really, for PC gaming how can you beat a a keyboard and mouse? You can't.
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Whether you’re left out of the party using your third-party controller or not doesn’t really affect the analog extender’s design aesthetic. Kontrol Freek’s FPS Freek Prestige has a snazzy black layout that fits in perfectly with black Xbox 360 or PS3 controllers. What’s more is that there are studded thumb grips around the edges of the extenders so when you’re moving the analogs full tilt one way or another, your fingers never slip off.
To compliment the outer-edge thumb grips are inner-grips made out of a the Black Ops skull insignia. It’s a pretty cool design, and if for nothing else would be quite nice to show off to friends when you bring your custom controller over for a round of CoD: Black Ops.
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If you’re playing Call of Duty Black Ops on PC it’s tough to tell gamers to substitute the keyboard and mouse for an analog controller with FPS Freek’s controller extenders, unless of course you want rumble and precision aiming. For console gamers this add-on looks a lot more useful and for the price range I can’t really say that it’s all that bad a product to have on-hand for making precise sniper shots. Still, it’s an overall unnecessary gaming accessory for casual gamers and it's more-so geared toward the hardcore FPS gamer. Hence, I would only recommend it to gamers who are really into shooter games.