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E3 Hands on with Mad Catz World War II Arcade Flight Game Damage Inc.

Known world wide for their high-end video game accessories, Mad Catz is publishing their first videogame, but is it any good?

Titled Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII, the game will have players step into the cockpit of a variety of World War II era fighter planes while offering a complete campaign mode, along with a variety of multiplayer options, including co-op.

Cyborg MMO7 Pro Gaming Mouse [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The MMO7 comes from a long-ling of professional gaming mice (the R.A.T. series) and feels every bit as good as its predacessors. The only problem with the mouse, for the general gaming public, is the ridiculous amount of buttons and commands on the thing. 30 is the most I've ever heard anyone 'need' and this is more than double that.

The Pros: 

+Fully customizable, allowing gamers to get exactly the feel they want.

+Included software and accessories mean getting a ton of options out of the box.

+Downloadable (or custom) software means getting to maximize your mouse's potential without a whole lot of heavy-lifting. 

+The new 'lock' feature is something I wouldn't have thought I needed, but now have a hard time living without.

The Cons: 

-78 programmable commands seems a little overkill.

-The locations for the mouse's 13 buttons are a little odd, and take, at minimum, some getting used to. 

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

I have always been someone that has been pretty picky about my computer accessories. Mice need to have the right shape, appropriate clicking sound, smooth action and correct weight to them. So, traditionally it’s been a bit of a challenge to get a mouse that has everything… There have been options along the way that hit two or three of the sweet-spots and were deemed “good enough,” that’s why the concept of the Cyborg R.A.T.

Tritton Switchblade for PS3 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The Tritton Switchblade for the PlayStation 3 is a durable and extremely reliable option for gamers out there looking for something solid to use while playing online.  With a sleek design and small footprint, the Switchblade doesn’t feel like you’re talking to someone through a string can as the quality on both the audio and mic side of things is handled well.  Outside of having to come to grips with making the Switchblade comfortable, the ear clip can’t be adjusted and isn’t too flexible, the device is certainly worth investing the money in for those looking for a completely wireless and affordable audio solution.

The Pros: 

+ The design is simple yet incredibly effective.

+ Not everything may sound like it’s coming from a perfect source, but the audio quality in general is good and is almost comparable to high-end headsets.

+ Charge time is rather short and a full charge doesn’t drain too quickly.

+ Having a docking station is nice and makes charging the device a breeze.

The Cons: 

- Ear clip would’ve benefitted from some padding or alternate clip sizes.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Advances in technology can be great and this generation we’ve become more acclimated with certain things which have become a part of our lives in one way or another.  In video games we’re used to playing online multiplayer modes, perhaps more often than standard single-player experiences since having some competition against another person is more engaging and there’s always the added bonus of trash talking being thrown in as well.

Mad Catz Pro Circuit Controller (Xbox 360)

Overall Feeling: 

The customizability of the controller is simply unprecedented. No controller has been able to offer as much customization as this one, providing the opportunity for gamers to have a truly personalized gaming experience. While the controller itself comes with multiple options out of the box, there's sure to be plenty of more options down the road for additional stick designs, d-pads and especially aesthetic changes with the magnetic faceplates, available to consumers online (and in store) as the controller evolves.

The Pros: 

+Unparalleled options for customization.

+Tournament ready wired controller design for zero latency.

+Multiple options for customizing the controller within the box. 

+Snazzy little travel-case that makes storing/carrying the controller simple.

The Cons: 

-Corded controllers might be an issue for the casual gamer (though the name itself implies this isn't really for them anyways).

-The locking mechanism for the cord at the top of the controller is long enough that it feels awkward and causes some issues with the overall balance of the controller.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Ever since the release of the Fightstick Pro, three years ago, Mad Catz has built up their company from one that produced bargain controllers for consoles, to one that represents top-tier gear for modern consoles and professional level gaming. The Fightsticks has become all but standardized in the realm of professional-level fighting games/tournaments, and to expand on that success Mad Catz has now partnered up with the MLG (Major League Gaming) to produce a series of fully customizable controllers for both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

Mad Catz Company Spotlight and Interview [CES 2012]

A lot of people that read the site might not remember, but one of Shogun Gamer’s land-mark moments occurred about three years ago when we attended our very first CES as official members of the press. It was a fantastic experience that opened our eyes to the world beyond writing our thoughts of the industry as dedicated gamers and enthusiasts. During our time there we got to check out tons of new hot tech, including a mind-numbing amount of headsets (thanks again Corey), and made a lot of great connections with those in the industry.

Mad Catz Product Spotlight [CES 2012]

It’s been three years, nearly to the day, since we first met up with Mad Catz at CES and were blown away by how far they’d come since the company we’d distanced ourselves from the 90s. With each passing year they have gone bigger and better, acquiring a series of partner companies with each focused on providing a top-end experience in their designated marketplaces. This past year represents as another big landmark for the company as their audio company, Tritton, partnered with Microsoft to produce a line of co-branded Microsoft headsets for the Xbox 360.

Mad Catz Unveils Tritton Primer Pre-CES

While we’re still waiting on the “official” start to CES, that hasn’t stopped one of our personal favorite peripheral companies from leaking a little bit of a “first look” at their new product line for 2012. Mad Catz today threw up some information concerning the first, of five, of their co-branded headset with Microsoft for the Xbox 360.

The Road to EVO 2011 - April Check-in

Been wondering where the ‘Road to EVO’ series ducked out to? I know I promised more regular updates, but there’s something that’s come up between this post and the last. That something: Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. I know I know… It shouldn’t be an excuse, but it’s the only one I have! For the last month and a half I’ve been playing the crap out of some Marvel vs.

New Images Of The Mortal Kombat Fight Stick From PDP

Every major fighting game needs its own swanky arcade stick and thankfully peripheral manufacturer PDP is here to provide us with some goodness for Mortal Kombat.  While MadCatz is dishing out a MK product for gamers, it’s almost half an item since you need to buy a $150 arcade stick on top of paying for the MK arcade board, which as a whole isn’t exactly the go-to option for most gamers.

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