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Much Better Feel Than PS3 Controller for FPS
on November 2, 2013
I only started PC gaming back in 2012, and that was only for a few months. I have always primarily been a console gamer. I only tried a few games with the mouse and keyboard - Skyrim, Dead Space 2 Mass Effect 1, Hitman Blood Money and Crysis 2. Crysis 2 felt REALLY good with the mouse and keyboard. Having gone back to gaming on PS3 I've recently become dissatisfied with the controller. I looked around for one of those after market 360 style controllers but couldn't find one that I wanted and then I saw the HORI Tac 3 and remembered how good FPS gaming felt with the mouse and keys. I love this controller. My copy of Black Ops 2 sat unplayed on the shelf for months because the thought of playing it with the PS3 controller didn't excite me. I had tried the game with the Dualshock but it had bored me, besides the fact of my generally sucking. Soon as I got this controller out of my mailbox I put in Black Ops 2 and have been gaming hard with it since. As of now I'm only playing multiplayer against bots (not interested in the campaign) but I play 4 against 5 (enemy) bots on Hardened difficulty and at this point I can win almost every time and I am averaging 13+ kills per match and sometimes as many as 18. Now I know what people mean when they say FPS are designed for the mouse and keyboard. This controller feels amazing. I won't sit here and write about dead zones and stuff - I was never a hardcore pc gamer so I have no real frame of reference on how this thing might compare to actual mouse and keyboard gaming. Furthermore, this TAC 3 is only an approximation of PC gaming; there are several features and aspects of this controller that put it at adds with an actual mouse and keyboard: The walk button for one (you press this button in concert with the arrow buttons to move at a walk instead of the default 'run' (note that there is a separate button for sprinting), the d-pad, and the fact that several of the buttons on the TAC are non-remappable.
To get the most out of the controller you will have to play with the settings on the contoller and the options screen of your game. This is not a difficult process. There are 3 setting for mouse sensitivity: 60, 100 and 140, and there are 3 settings you can adjust for how fast you move when you press the walk button. I never use the walk button so these are of little consequence to me. For Black Ops 2 I have the mouse sensitivity set at 100 and on my options screen I have the look sensitivity set to 7. This feels spot on for me.
I do not care for the mouse. There are 6 buttons - 2 between the R and L clicks on two above where your right thumb sits. I hate the location of these buttons. I have remapped the forward of those two side buttons to the top button that sits between the R and L so I can throw grenades more naturally but throwing concussions and using the knife do not feel good. Once I change the melee to the forward thumb button it may feel better. These complaints are why I haven't given the controller 5 stars.
If you are a hardcore PC gamer you may find a lot about this controller to hate. I think the main thing to remember is that you are not being offered a true PC gaming experience with this. You are still playing a console game. If you buy this thing knowing it's limitations you might well have a lot of fun with it.