Do people play the Playstation 2 anymore? Of course they do! Afterall, it’s still one of the all time best selling console systems ever, not to mention developers are still putting out games for it like the hot Guitar Hero III and even Rock Band. While those systems age, the controllers seem to be the first casualties. So what’s one to do when it comes time to replace them?
Third party peripherals are something that’s usually avoided in the gaming world. I’m not saying that all of them are bad though. However, unless you want to shell out the big bucks for something very high quality, your results can really vary. Well, the good folks down at NYKO have come out with the Zero Wireless PS2 Controller, is it’s price worth it? Will it prove once and for all that third party peripherals aren’t as bad as everyone says?
What’s in the box?
Surprisingly…quite a bit! Inside the box, besides the controller, you’ll find a USB charge cable, a wireless receiver for your PS2, a NiMH battery pack and a battery holder that allows you to use two AA batteries in place of the battery pack so you can continue to game. Of course, you also get a manual so you can figure out how to work it.
Without hooking the new controller up, right out of the box I was only mildly impressed. I mean, I know the box says PS2 controller, but this new design reminded me of an Xbox 360 Controller. Sure the flat black paint and metal sidings were a nice touch, but it seemed like aesthetically, this is all the controller had to offer. Mind you this is coming from someone who has always been wary about buying third party peripherals for his console systems. Just from giving it my once over, the controller seemed bigger, heavier and altogether clumsier than the PS2’s first party controller. Why would I, and more importantly, you, want to shell out $40-$50 for a paper weight? Well, I guess we’re about to find out.
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