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N-Control launches Xbox 360 Avenger

N-Control launches Xbox 360 Avenger

The N-Control Avenger promises to turn the humble Xbox 360 joypad into a customisable killing machine.

While the true twitch gamer would never be seen dead using a joypad, there's a growing market for high-performance gaming accessories for console gamers - at least, that's N-Control's reasoning behind the launch of the Avenger accessory for the Xbox 360.

Designed to strap to an existing Xbox 360 controller, the Avenger is a rather scary looking framework of levers and pulleys that moves the layout of the controller's buttons around for quick access during the heat of the moment.

Although the company admits that gamers choosing the Avenger will be in for a period of adjustment before they start to see improvements in their performance - more specifically, N-Control claims that 'before you can wield this powerful tool like a true Jedi, you need to give yourself time to adjust to its enhanced speed, accuracy, stability, and comfort' - it claims that there are significant gains to be made for those willing to put in the effort.

Like an increasing number of gaming mice, the Avenger includes a high level of adjustability, with the company even going so far as to turn the two triggers on the Xbox 360 controller into hair-triggers with adjustable tension. Most ridiculous of all, however, is the included tripod, which the company claims offers 'added stability and precision' for those who don't need to move around a lot during gaming sessions.

The N-Control Avenger, for those convinced of its obvious game-changing superiority, is available direct from the manufacturer priced at $59, but sadly there's no news yet of a UK launch.

Do you think that the Avenger looks like the ultimate Xbox 360 controller accessory, or is it a ridiculous waste of money? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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KayinBlack 12th November 2010, 18:24 Quote
Actually, I like this. I have major issues with my hands ad something to make those tiny controllers easier isn't a bad thing, in my opinion.
Gunsmith 12th November 2010, 18:26 Quote
wow. just....wow

id like to actually try one, and thats saying something for me.
sixfootsideburns 12th November 2010, 18:35 Quote
hahahahahahahaha... oh console gamers... its such a circus.

and couldn't you just get a mouse and keyboard for your x-box instead of a camera stand with a controller on it?
r3loaded 12th November 2010, 18:38 Quote
Well, some PC games such as HAWX and Assassin's Creed work better with a controller (I own an Xbox controller for this purpose). Not sure about this new accessory, I'd have to try it before I bought it.
Lazy_Amp 12th November 2010, 18:44 Quote
Yeah, this is very much a try before you buy sort of thing...
TheStockBroker 12th November 2010, 18:56 Quote
EPIC.

Do Want.
TheStockBroker 12th November 2010, 19:00 Quote
I'm sorry, but I had to post again.

For this pleases me so very greatly.

TSB
Krikkit 12th November 2010, 19:07 Quote
It might be useful for those with fists of ham, but if a mate came round for a few beers and a bit of CoD, what would you tell him about your uber l33t controller? If you want to be deeply uncool, buy a PC. :p
War-Rasta 12th November 2010, 20:29 Quote
This looks like a crippled alien spider is trying to eat your controller. I seriously don't think this will any benefit at all to the gaming experience.
SMIFFYDUDE 12th November 2010, 22:51 Quote
Looks like its designed to help disabled people game. Xbox Motability controller.
Centy-face 12th November 2010, 23:59 Quote
There's just something utterly pathetic about this "pro" approach in console gaming in general especially shooters. This looks like a needless tool unlike a proper gaming mouse which is comfortable accurate etc. This just looks awful.
Skiddywinks 13th November 2010, 00:08 Quote
I wish it explained somewhere exactly what everything was for. I'm intrigued but that seems like a lot of money when I can't even make sense of the purpose of most of it.
KayinBlack 13th November 2010, 00:11 Quote
Well, I was posting from the POV of a handicapped person who's losing all feeling in his hands, as well as a fair bit of the motion. I'm sorry it's fail to enjoy both PC and 360.

Geez, the attitude in some of these threads is appalling. There are PC people who still like console games. And, there are handicapped gamers out there. Look at that, I fit both categories. I'm not quitting having fun because a few people act foolish.

Is Bit gonna be reviewing this?
Fizzl 13th November 2010, 00:50 Quote
What confuses me is that the supposedly smaller market of PC gaming has a myriad of alternative controllers to suit all needs yet xbox users have to resort to attaching cthulhu's mum to a standard controller?

Why not just have a more sensitive controller with a better layout? One shaped like a mouse maybe ;)
GravitySmacked 13th November 2010, 00:56 Quote
That picture makes it look like a prop out of the film eXistenZ!!
casey_cole 13th November 2010, 01:10 Quote
When you have to use the ABXY buttons you lose the ability to aim any effects of those commands (assuming you have left stick as move and right as aim).

E.g. when I used to be a Halo 2 nerd I used boxer controls which put LT as melee instead of B - this allowed me to aim my melee attacks better and gave me beatdowns galore.

However, I couldn't "stick" people for toffee because I couldn't aim and throw my plasma grenades at the same time.

If I could have had a 3rd trigger - which this device gives you (it looks like you push a trigger away for XBY) - then it would have improved my game.


EDIT: I then learnt to use the "Claw" technique in which you use your index finger on the ABXY buttons, and your middle and ring fingers on RB and RT.

CC
Krikkit 13th November 2010, 01:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by KayinBlack
Well, I was posting from the POV of a handicapped person who's losing all feeling in his hands, as well as a fair bit of the motion. I'm sorry it's fail to enjoy both PC and 360.
You are the exception that proves the rule - if it has use for you then hurrah, but to me it just looks like a mess.
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Originally Posted by KayinBlack
Geez, the attitude in some of these threads is appalling. There are PC people who still like console games. And, there are handicapped gamers out there. Look at that, I fit both categories. I'm not quitting having fun because a few people act foolish.

No-one's said you can't enjoy consoles and PC games, we're just laughing at what looks like a gimmicky device. If it works then hurrah, that's great.
iggy 13th November 2010, 01:10 Quote
delivery time: 6 to 8 weeks.

pro.
ledbythereaper 13th November 2010, 02:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by sixfootsideburns
hahahahahahahaha... oh console gamers... its such a circus.

and couldn't you just get a mouse and keyboard for your x-box instead of a camera stand with a controller on it?

You laugh at console gamers, then you realise that the PC gaming market is getting stale and apart from some brilliant indy titles is pretty much all console ports anyway ;p
fluxtatic 13th November 2010, 09:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by ledbythereaper
You laugh at console gamers, then you realise that the PC gaming market is getting stale and apart from some brilliant indy titles is pretty much all console ports anyway ;p

Not to feed the trolls, but hasn't PC gaming been dying since about '93? The idea that it's all console ports is obviously not true, but when they do exist, blame the devs. And in that case, it isn't to say that consoles have no good games, but that the control interface is inferior (not that I agree with that, having hands too retarded to be good with the WASD scheme.) Personally, I prefer a PS2-style controller, where I can kick back in my chair with my hands relaxed, not crouched over my keyboard and mouse like an office monkey (which I already do for approximately 14 hours a day, most days.)
eddtox 13th November 2010, 09:33 Quote
I actually think this is quite ingenious. I like the way it straps on to your existing controller so you don't have to buy a whole new thing (for probably twice the price of this thing) and if you don't like it for every game, you can just take it off.
cgthomas 13th November 2010, 10:24 Quote
That's really something for us pc gamers with an xbox controller.
Looks nice
Woodspoon 13th November 2010, 12:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Centy-face
There's just something utterly pathetic about this "pro" approach in console gaming in general especially shooters. This looks like a needless tool unlike a proper gaming mouse which is comfortable accurate etc. This just looks awful.

Thats an interesting point, assuming that most of these will be used by console gamers, exactly how "Pro" can you get on games where most of them have some sort of auto lock / snap to target system?
wafflesomd 13th November 2010, 18:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woodspoon
Quote:
Originally Posted by Centy-face
There's just something utterly pathetic about this "pro" approach in console gaming in general especially shooters. This looks like a needless tool unlike a proper gaming mouse which is comfortable accurate etc. This just looks awful.

Thats an interesting point, assuming that most of these will be used by console gamers, exactly how "Pro" can you get on games where most of them have some sort of auto lock / snap to target system?

Know what's crazy. When I tell people that MW and Halo have aim assist, they claim it doesn't because they don't notice it.

How can they now notice it!
metarinka 13th November 2010, 19:36 Quote
for all the bashing of consoles (which I don't own at the moment) people forget that some games like platformers and fighting games work infinitely better on game pads than keyboard mouse.

RTS and FPS are better for pc but everything else is not.
all the pro stuff is fair and balanced cause console pro's don't play against pc players. The handicap is even.
I'm a fps nut so I stick to computers, but one of my favourite game of all times smash bro's melee was absolutely brilliant on a GC controller.

also this thing seems interesting in a try before you buy way
LordPyrinc 14th November 2010, 00:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by fluxtatic
Not to feed the trolls, but hasn't PC gaming been dying since about '93?

Seriously? :|
PureSilver 14th November 2010, 02:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by metarinka
RTS and FPS are better for pc a keyboard and mouse but everything else is not better on a gamepad, wheel, or console controller, perhaps attached to a PC.

There, I fixed that for you. You don't need to buy an Xbox or a PS3 to enjoy console controllers. Wii's more problematic but I don't really see those as 'PC' games anyway; low emphasis on graphics, strong emphasis on local-multiplayer etc.
Blademrk 15th November 2010, 11:34 Quote
looks.... interesting, however I'm looking forward to MS finally releasing an xbox joypad with a decent D-Pad
cheeriokilla 15th November 2010, 21:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krikkit
It might be useful for those with fists of ham, but if a mate came round for a few beers and a bit of CoD, what would you tell him about your uber l33t controller? If you want to be deeply uncool, buy a PC. :p

Or if you don't have crap for brains and don't think it matters at all to be "cool" or "uncool"...
Sloth 15th November 2010, 22:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krikkit
It might be useful for those with fists of ham, but if a mate came round for a few beers and a bit of CoD, what would you tell him about your uber l33t controller? If you want to be deeply uncool, buy a PC. :p
Mates coming over... hah. As if I'd let other people into my nerd cave.

With slight seriousness, I can't see many people who have even heard of this thing, let alone own purchased one, inviting a mate over for a few beers and a bit of CoD. :p
eddtox 15th November 2010, 23:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sloth
Mates coming over... hah. As if I'd let other people into my nerd cave.

With slight seriousness, I can't see many people who have even heard of this thing, let alone own purchased one, inviting a mate over for a few beers and a bit of CoD. :p

+REP :D
uz1_l0v3r 17th November 2010, 12:22 Quote
How about an xbox controller with a decent D-Pad? The current one is woeful.
uz1_l0v3r 17th November 2010, 12:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blademrk
looks.... interesting, however I'm looking forward to MS finally releasing an xbox joypad with a decent D-Pad

$65 for a ****ing joypad?
atwr8484 6th March 2011, 01:03 Quote
BUYER BEWARE!!! I don't take habit in buying something and then giving it a verbal can whip. However, the Avenger Controller (Which is actually just a controller cover/faceplate) surely didn't stand up next to its $60.00 original price tag and after hands on I'd say it doesn't stand up to the $40.00 tag either. All in all its a faceplate with coat hangers wrapped in electrical tape and then taped onto a Microsoft (only) controller.

Three measly days after it arrived the X button lever snapped in half while I was "Fine tuning it like an instrument" as their web page proclaims. Come to find out when I contacted the supplier that Avenger was just soooo coooool that they were all sold out. Ok, Shipping began Feb 3rd 2011, they were out of stock by Feb. 9th 2011 because so many people ordered. I am the only person I know that has one of these doo hickies and one of the few who has even heard of it. I was told of course that "A replacement" would be sent out but that I'd have to wait another 4-6 weeks...They got my money it 4-6 minutes...

Avenger arrives, breaks, and now wait 4-6 weeks to find out if your money was well spent. AVOID my misery and stay clear of this attachment. It is falsely advertised as well. The Avenger customers receive have no color markings, no high glossy look, just a dull, paper thin plastic controller cover with rubber strings and Customer service let downs. I must say I did get to use the Avenger for appx. 2 days before its breaking. I didn't notice a bit of difference in fire rate, aiming, gaming or anything other than my controller felt heavier.

My advice for FPS success, 1-practice 2-Get Kontrol Freek joystick extenders 3-Turtle Beach headset 4-Practice. Thanks for reading guys, the Avenger is junk, the price is extortion and the maker is a crook. Prosper!
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