Friday, June 17, 2011

Rent games from RedBox, Avenger controller review

Rent games with RedBox

Today, video game rentals launch at more than 21,000 redbox locations nationwide. Featuring video game titles across three platforms, PLAYSTATION 3, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, redbox will rent games for $2 a day, DVDs for as low as $1 a day and Blu-ray Discs for $1.50 a day.
Video game titles available to rent include:
· Brink (PS3, X360)
· Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3, X360, Wii)
· Duke Nukem Forever (PS3, X360)
· Family Party: 90 Great Games (Wii)
· Infamous 2 (PS3)
· Just Dance 2 (Wii)
· LA Noire (PS3)
· Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (X360, Wii)
· Michael Jackson: The Experience (Wii)
· Red Faction: Armageddon (PS3, X360)
· Rio (Wii)
· Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PS3, X360, Wii)
· You Don’t Know Jack (X360)

You can also reserve video games via a RedBox app for your smartphone or online.

In control

So, I reached out for an Avenger Controller from N-Control. Never heard of it? It's an exoskeleton for your Xbox 360 controller. It shortens times by offering extensions for the button pads and triggers. When I unboxed it, I was very, very careful because it seems a bit delicate. When you suit it on your 360 controller, truthfully, it looks like something out of Aliens. The controller, which costs $49.95, will be awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, all I can say is wow.
I played two games (I was reviewing them), Operation Flashpont: Red River and Red Faction: Armageddon, with it and was very impressed. Your fingers don't have to move very far, though you can depress the plastic coverings to get the same effect. However, as your fingers glide across the extensions, you'll feel at home very fast. I did, however, notice the B-button extension is the smallest and the one I hit by accident the most. I am not sure why it was the problem part, but the rest of the exoskeleton worked great. I would love a way to take off part of the control extensions. There's another part I am concerned about. The trigger connector makes firing a lot more natural but could end up rendering the triggers useless if the rubber belt broke.

It is pricey but really enhanced gameplay for me. I think if N-Control lowered the price to $35, it would be a smash. Still, if you are into shooters and looking for a control scheme that you'll enjoy, check out the Avenger. It's available on, though you can probably pick up one on eBay.
The verdict? 8 (out of 10 stars). This is a shooter fan's friend. Reloading? Push up on one of the extensions and done. It is light enough that you won't notice the extra ounces. Plus, you can even us a wired 360 controller with it, though you have to disconnect part of the cable and work it through. The only concerns are the rubber belts on the bottom of the exoskeleton and the B-button extension getting in the way. The price may turn some off, but it's worth it.

A little Bioshock ...

Irrational Games is releasing the second in a series of videos from BioShock Infinite by Ken Levine. This week’s video focuses on the factions in Columbia and the conflict that’s tearing the floating city apart.
Here's the video:

On the agenda

So, what's everyone playing this weekend? I'll be finishing up Infamous 2, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS, Shadows of the Damned and Alice: The Madness Begins . What about you? Anyone playing Duke Nukem Forever? Have a safe weekend.

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