The guns themselves, once calibrated, have very nice accuracy. The only problem I encountered was that occasionally (rarely) shooting off screen to reload would actually register as a shot to the extreme edge of the screen. This may have been user error, and was infrequent in any case. The joystick device takes practice, as it?s highly sensitive. It?s very easy to pass up an intended destination when using the joystick controller in mouse mode. There is a sensitivity setting in the setup for the joystick, so you do have some control over this.
The software that shipped with my review unit, on the other hand, had some issues. Originally, it was a nightmare. After downloading new drivers, everything is there with the exception of the ?Top Shots? game. They just need to tie it all together. The latest version of the GS drivers allow for automatic in-game calibration, has a cool ?preferences? screen which not only displays the X and Y coordinates of where you shoot, but actually displays a ?bullet hole? at that location on your screen. Too slick! And, speaking of ?slick,? the disc that comes with the GS has the drivers, the packed-in game, some interviews, and other goodies presented in a multimedia enhanced Install program. This kind of flair can earn extra ?style? points in a review, but only when the installed files work right.
If you like arcade-style shooters, and you have Quake II (or Half-Life), then you may want to pick one of these up. Act Labs is working hard to get GS support for many popular games, and they are developing enhancements for the GS as well. If you are a Quake II fanatic, love downloading mods, and trying new things, Quake II GS Frenzy alone might justify getting the GS. Frenzy has become the game I play when my wife?s not looking, and the game I show to everyone that comes over to visit. I can?t wait to see what they do with the GS next. I remember seeing mention of Rogue Spear... Yummy!
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