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Mad Catz Racing Wheel ReviewMad Catz, makers of
videogame accessories for all the latest platforms, released an Xbox MC2
Racing Wheel a short while ago. Officially licensed for Xbox.
The wheel was tested on Project Gotham and
Rallisport Challenge. In getting the wheel set up before the games, I
noticed that Mad Catz included retractable leg supports. Although this
could be of use for some, I found it a lot better to just stick the wheel
on a TV tray that had some sort of stability. The pedals were a perfect fit
right underneath the tray.
The wheel also comes with 10 action
analog buttons. The buttons are placed just within reach of both of your
thumbs. Just make sure you aren't trying to reach a button while making a
sharp turn. Bad things come out of that.
Onto the games. Accelerating and braking
were done with ease due to Mad Catz's "vector full-response
pedal." Of course that sounds good, but it also works and does what it
is supposed to do, which is to let you be in control of accelerating and be
able to let up or floor it an any instant.
Overall, if you are looking for a racing
wheel for the Xbox, Mad Catz's MCM Racing Wheel should be the way to go.
They have been making console hardware for years, and certainly know what
they are doing. The wheel is not perfect in that the force feedback could
use some tweaking, but everything else does the job of being able to re-create
the driving experience. The Mad Catz's MCM Racing Wheel sells for $59.99.
The price may sound a little steep, but comes with a five year warranty, and plus the only other Xbox wheel out now
is the exact same price.
- James Chheng 4/20/02
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