Game controllers were fine when all they did was assist in collecting coins and jumping on platforms. But now that you’re trying to blast a hole in some terrorist or humongous monster — a joypad doesn’t cut it. That’s why they make “weapons” for your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Wii game console: to give you what’s needed in the real-world for dealing with what’s in the virtual one. Check out what’s out now and what’s coming soon.
G-Mate Mag Gun Controller/$189
Playing Call of Duty or Gears of War takes more than concentration and fast reflexes, as in your weapon’s stock positioned against your shoulder for a “real” rifle feel while 16 control buttons wireless communicate between you and what’s happening onscreen. Sure it costs a bit more than other models, but what you’re doing isn’t rocket science. Besides, you can use it with your PC later.
Cabela’s TOP SHOT Elite Firearm Controller/$49
When you need to point and shoot, you want a gun in hand, not that Kinect sensor pointing at you. Or put the stock on for added stability, it’s up to you. Wireless control, D-pad and action buttons vie with the scope’s red lens filter for zeroing in on and taking out the target.
Hyperkin AK Striker/Price TBD
Say what you want about the Russians, but their AK-47 is one sweet gun when it comes to firepower. Fire single, burst or automatic to take out the enemy; the retractable/removable rear stock and shoulder strap lets you custom-fit its response to the game. Be sure to take advantage of the full complement of Dualshock controller-like tabs or the Face buttons on the gun’s handle.
Nyko Skill Shot/$19
An extending stock and rotational dock makes this rifle ideal for right or left-handed gamers. A spring-loaded trigger gives you better feedback when firing, while the aiming sight increases your accuracy at hitting the target. Easy access to control buttons lets you keep your eye on what needs to be shot.
CTA Digital Commando Assault Rifle/Price TBD
Since this is officially U.S. Army approved, you won’t be dissing the look OR feel when taking this weapon on missions. All the controls of a Dualshock are included, with thumb-sticks and buttons adjusted for quick access. Attachable stock and muzzle for customizing too.
CTA Digital Sniper Rifle/$29
You want accuracy? Then you need a well-balanced weapon that can take out the target every time. Since you can remove the scope, bipod, sniper barrel and shoulder stock, the final configuration before assuming the firing stance is up to you. And yes, the scope can be adjusted for height.
You want an old West revolver for your Wii? Then you’ll not only be getting two, but a video game tossed in as well. Each revolver can hold a Wii wand and a fast trigger is only as good as your accuracy in hitting the targets.
CTA Digital Crossbow/$10
The arrows may be virtual, but the feel sure is real when taking aim with this high-tech version of a bow and arrow. There’s even an infrared laser beam beneath the barrel to help in lining up your shot.
CTA Digital Magnum Gun/$34
If you’re sick of shooting zombies with a wimpy gun, then check out this bad boy and its big, phat look and molded palm grip. Even better than pulling the trigger is how it’ll feel when the barrel is centered on somebody’s guts.
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