Celebrating the Festive Season in style this year has never been easier as we get together with the World’s leading third-party peripheral, and hardware, manufacturer Mad Catz to bring our readers the staff top picks of ‘Must Have’ gaming goodies in our ’12 Days of Merry Mad Catz Christmas’.
First up on our lengthy list of lovelies from the industry’s number one choice has to be the sleek stylings of the second to none Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Controller for the Xbox360.
With the world’s gamers being force-fed a daily diet of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from headline hungry editors, it’s great to know, then, that at least one ,manufacturer has paid attention to the fact that both Microsoft and Sony are still promoting and developing for their 7th Generation consoles, not to mention a whole host of talented types from the game design world.
With that in mind Mad Catz have assured gamers that production of their cutting-edge peripheral, the MLG Pro Circuit Controller, will still be in full production and available for purchase for some time to come. This is great news for all those millions of Xbox360 owners looking to gain a competitive advantage over the millions of players on Xbox Live, and Xbox One thanks to the cross-platform compatibility of Microsoft’s flawless network.
The MLG Pro Circuit Controller is just a class act in comparison to its competition when it comes to comfort, reliability, build quality and performance, and though it doesn’t exactly come cheap, with prices coming in at around £100, it does have to be said that when it comes to third-party controllers the industry has a somewhat chequered past thanks to awful builds and shoddy workmanship that has left gamers staring incredulously at the screen as they frantically battle with less than sensitive buttons and triggers, and thumbsticks that have larger ‘dead zones’ than Raccoon City after a full on zombie outbreak.
When it comes to controllers, and in particular third-party peripherals, it has to be said that you entirely get what you pay for. And when you pay £100 for a Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Controller what you get is a fully customizable, weight adjustable, hyper sensitive marvel that will have your online rivals drooling with envy and gnashing their teeth in frustration.
Built from only the highest quality dura-plastics for ergonomic comfort, and yet still strong enough to survive even the most explosive of rage quit tantrums, the MLG Pro Circuit Controller has fully customizable D-Pad’s, for those players looking for extra speed in the turns and combo selectors during a match of Super Streetfighter 4 or Tekken, as well as interchangeable face plates and thumbsticks. But the customization options don’t end there.
The MLG Pro Circuit Controller also has a superb addition into what would ordinarily be the battery housing, as this thickly corded wired controller has no need for the wi-fi batteries, so instead opts for an excellent ‘balance management system’ with two heavy-duty weights that can be removed singly or completely to grant the player the ability to have the controller become lighter or heavier depending solely on the customers preference.
Make no mistake, after lengthy bouts of multiplayer madness this is no gimmick or glitter from Mad Catz. This is a genuine asset to your set up, especially after a long time at the console and those infamous hand cramps associated with lesser quality controllers starting to creep in.
As we mentioned earlier the MLG Pro Circuit Controller is connected to the Xbox360 via a heavy-duty braided cord for added safety and less chance of nicks, tears and excessive use causing breakages over time. There is also a particularly masterful controller connector that see’s the cord being screwed into place at the front of the controller, although the console connection is still the more familiar USB 2.0.
All presented in a wonderful carry case and box, complete with extra cables for voice chat on both the Xbox360 controller as well s the Mad Catz branded fightsticks, the MLG Pro Circuit Controller is head and shoulders above anything else currently on the market.
Performance is smooth as silk with not one single solitary instance of reported lag, dead zoning or button command ‘misses’, and if anything the extra sensitivity afforded by the marvellously designed triggers and bumpers actually proved to be even more responsive than Microsoft’s own controllers. No small claim in its own right.
So, if it is still some time before you will be dipping a tentative toe into the pool of welcoming warm water that is the 8th Generation, and the Xbox360 still holds enough sway for you to be happy with your current console, then all we can say is that if you are looking for an additional controller, or perhaps even one to replace your current favourite, then the Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Controller just has to be the perfect peripheral for you this Festive Season.
To place your order for the Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Controller then click this link to be whisked across to the official Mad Catz sales pages and treat yourself, or a loved on, ( even if that loved one is the man in the mirror ), to the finest quality controller on the market. The MLG Pro Circuit Controller gets the GamesMediaPro Editors Choice Ball for 2013′s Best Controller.