So not that long ago we received an e-mail from a representative of Kontrol Freek. They were interested in having us write about their new FPS Freek Legendary controller mods in exchange for a sample to try out and use. After agreeing to do so, my sample pair of FPS Freeks landed in my mail box just a few short days later.
Basically the Legendary controller mods are an extension for your controller’s thumbsticks. Kontrol Freek’s claim is that they will help to give you greater control and accuracy in first person shooters, such as Halo: Reach. Considering how terrible I am at Halo, I was interested to see if they’d help me at all.
Installing the FPS Freeks on my controller was really very simple. It takes maybe thirty seconds to snap them in to place an then you’re ready to go. Removing them is just as simple.
I have to say after seeing the FPS Freeks and setting them up on my controller, I was a little surprised at how much height they added to the thumbsticks. It was certainly more than I was expecting it to be. Aesthetically, they look pretty cool, but how would they feel?
So I first decided to give the FPS Freeks a trial run in Halo: Reach, playing a little big team battle. I’m not going to lie. Not even half way through the game, I found myself saying, “these things are terrible”, and yanking them off the controller mid-round. The affect they have is quite noticeable. After the first game was over, I forced myself to continue using the FSP Freeks and I eventually found out the affect they had on gameplay wasn’t a bad thing, I just needed to get used to it and make some proper adjustments to my game settings.
So is Control and Accuracy Really Improved?
To be completely honest, I believe it is. I found when using the FPS Freeks that it actually felt as though I had more range of motion, especially on my right thumbstick. It was so much in fact that I discovered I could decrease my sensitivity and not feel like I was turning slower.
At first I was definitely over-compensating because of the lower sensitivity and my accuracy was probably worse than it is without the FPS Freeks installed. After a couple days of using them though, I certainly do feel as though my DMR is now more accurate. It’s not likely I’ll find myself on the MLG circuit any time soon, but there’s a good chance I’ll be on the positive side of the kill death spread a bit more often now.[flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157624935125651″]
What About Grifball?
Of course I tried out the FPS Freeks for grifball as well. With Halo: Reach introducing the whole “line of sight” thing into grifball, whereas what you see in front of you is what you hit (and not much else), I found that I did have a little more control, or perhaps a lot more. My first game using them, I went positive (+28 in fact), which considering I’ve been averaging negative K/D spreads since playing grifball in Reach, that was a welcome change.
Of course it should be noted that it was also one of the very few times I wasn’t playing against Green Team Tex, who is a freakin’ beast in Reach grifball. Without him on the other side, maybe that was all I needed to improve my game.
Another thing I noticed was a lack of fatigue I tend to get in my thumbs when playing longer games of grifball. I played for perhaps two hours, or so, and had no noticeable fatigue. Overall I found the FPS Freeks to be very comfortable for grifball.
Would I recommend the Legendary FPS Freeks?
Considering, since my initial use, I’ve yet to yank them back off my controller, I’d say sure. It really depends on you though. Do you feel like you could use a little more help with your accuracy and control? Do you find that your thumbs (or hands) tend to get a little fatigued after long gaming sessions? If so, they may just be worth a try. If you decided to give them go, you can receive a 10% discount by using our special Kontrol Freek link.