Launched in the UK late last year, the MAG II Gun Controller is making waves on the first-person shooter (FPS) scene for many reasons. Compatible with all existing and future PlayStation 3 and PC FPS titles, the MAG II Gun Controller isn’t simply a generic light gun; it’s a controller replacement for both single-player and multiplayer FPS experiences.
Brought to market by All Interactive Entertainment (AIE), the MAG II Gun Controller is designed to replace the standard control pad when playing FPS videogames. An analog stick is mounted on the front handle, where the left hand is placed, to follow for movement, while the motion of the gun itself controls the direction in which the player looks. Essentially replacing the right analog stick, the motion of the MAG II Gun Controller is well paced in most titles Electronic Theatre has experienced it with, though it can be adjusted manually.
The MAG II Gun Controller features a high precision motion tracking gyroscope which eliminates the need for a sensor bar. The device can also be calibrated on-the-fly simply by holding the calibration button, steadying the weapon, and releasing. Out of the box the device is fully compatible with all televisions and displays, and as stated above, the basic functionality is present for all FPS videogames. Popular titles however, will receive specific updates to allow players to experience all of the features of a videogame without needing to change to a regular controller (for example, driving vehicles in Battlefield 3). AIE will be making further updates available for future releases, downloadable via the official website and installed on the device via USB connection from a PC.
Electronic Theatre‘s time with the device was limited, but even in this short hands-on it was easy to become accustomed to the light gun. A built-in option to switch between degrees of sensitivity allows for experimentation in-game and additional front-end buttons allow for easy access to crouch, grenade and other functions. First playing through Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Electronic Theatre found that after a period of adjustment the MAG II Gun Controller was a compliment to the fast-paced action. However, playing the core campaign featured in DOOM 3: BFG Edition actually revealed that the device was perfectly suited to the steadily increasing aggression of a demonic infestation in space. Two extreme ends of the modern FPS genre, and the MAG II Gun Controller adapted to suit both with ease.
The biggest obstacle facing the MAG II Gun Controller is arguably the accessory’s price point. As a high-end device it would be expected that the MAG II Gun Controller has a respectively high price tag, but the initial launch at over £100 GBP would surely spell failure for the device. Thankfully, UK videogames specialist retailer GAME have stepped-in and offered AIE a helping hand, reducing the price to just £79.99 and promoting it through various digital portals. This, without a doubt, is the price point that the MAG II Gun Controller is most comfortable at. And if you’re comfortable spending that amount on a videogame accessory, there is no finer light gun available for current-generation systems.