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The online gaming community is always looking for ways to get an edge over the competition. Well, here's your answer.
FPS Freek brand of analog stick extensions were made with competitive
gamers in mind. I was heavily into first person shooters for years, but
unfortunately I've only had these extensions for about four months.
Over that time I've definitely been convinced of their worth.
First Impressions: I bought the FPS Freeks after reading on their website
that the accessory "improves both accuracy and decreases thumb
fatigue," hoping to get an edge over other Call of Duty players. I was
attracted by not only the boasted performance increase but the price as
well. They cost me only $10 and would arrive in under a week. After I
received them in the mail roughly a week later I immediately put them
to the test with some Black Ops multiplayer. Snapping on the extensions
was no problem, and the tight fit doesn't wear away your original
analog sticks (Although, my friend tried the FPS Freeks out on his
third-party Tron themed controller, which resulted in his analog sticks
being slightly damaged.) The increased height feels very awkward on the
thumbs, initially. After getting somewhat comfortable with the feel I
jumped into a game of Black Ops multiplayer. I did no better than usual
and I didn't find that the sticks benefited me much, only made it more
cumbersome to go from analog stick to the A,B,X,Y buttons. I continued
to use them, as they were getting more comfortable after every game.
After 3-4 games or so I felt completely comfortable playing with the
FPS Freeks attached and even found it easier to aim.
Current Impressions: After roughly four months of
use, I really can't go back to the standard Xbox 360 analog sticks.
I've grown fond of the extended range of motion, the vastly improved
grip, and my ability to play on higher sensitivities while maintaining
Do they really help? From my personal
experiences the verdict is a simple yes. The Kontrol Freek website
claims that the FPS Freeks provide a 40% wider range of motion,
increased grip, and less thumb fatigue which should in theory improve
your kill/death ratio online. This is what I experienced:
Overall, for the price of $10, the FPS Freeks are an absolute steal. This price point makes it easy for people curious of the product to go ahead and make the purchase without the risk of losing a wad of money. Being an above average player when it comes to first-person shooters I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants an edge over their competition.
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