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post #1 of 107
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Sorry if there is already a post on this, I just couldn't find one so I wanted to put this information out there. Everyone here seems pretty genuine, which made me reluctant to offer praise on such a device. But then I realized that I was playing games with the crowd that spends a small fortune on their TV rooms Here is a quote from their site describing the product:

FPS Freek increases your accuracy in first-person shooter games like Halo, Gears of War, Call of Duty and others. FPS Freek was designed and tested by professional gamers in tournaments across the Country. The results are clear - FPS Freek enhances aiming precision and increases game performance with a minimal learning curve.

The added analog stick length provides 40% more linear distance from full stop to stop. This gives you more leverage and increased precision without disturbing your natural gaming playing feel.

This product is patent pending and universally fits both the Xbox 360 and PS3 controller.



I swear by this thing. I have never been a fan of console shooters. Everytime I picked up a controller, all I could think about was how much more efficient it would be to have a mouse and keyboard. The controls are always jerky, and you have to play at low sensitivities to make up for that.

Blah.

But alas, someone comes along and gives birth to such a thing that it makes all wrongs right. This item has not only made me a better player, but it has single handedly made first person shooters fun on the console. Everything they say in their description is 100% accurate, it's cheap, and it works. Anyone already using freeks post and give your own personal opinion on the matter. Those of you who don't already own it, it's $10 for a set of the FPS freeks, and it's worth every penny. Give it a shot...

Link to their site
post #2 of 107
I have a pair myself and feel exactly the same way. Coming from a decade of mouse\\kb usage for my FPS gaming... I've explicitly avoided FPS' on my consoles. They were never any fun, I always felt uncoordinated and slow and worthless when playing them so I stuck to all the other games that made consoles fun (sports, racing, action-adventure, etc). Then a friend of mine recommended these Freeks and all that changed..

These things give you so much extra precision it is crazy. Turn your sensitivity up and its literally like having a tiny little optical mouse under your thumb. Aim, movement, etc.. all enhanced and better controlled. I literally take these off and I play average or worse.. put them back on, and I wreck faces (most of the time anyway ). They also improved my experience with third person games as well.. I really cant say enough about them. I wouldnt have enjoyed KZ2, MW2, and currently BC2 nearly as much if I hadn't gotten these.

For racing fans, check out their Speed Freeks which make steering a breeze:
http://www.kontrolfreek.com/Game-Con...SpeedFreek.asp

They also have a combo pack if you want both:
http://www.kontrolfreek.com/Game-Con...S-SF-Combo.asp
post #3 of 107
I come from PC Gaming, and have always found myself always wanting/needing a mouse while playing any console game. The whole panning across the screen to shoot someone behind you was absurd at times. Well once I threw these FPSFreeks on my Joysticks of my PS3 Controller, I was in love... Increased my sensitivity so that when I throw the sticks far left and or right its an extremely quick flick. however due to the increased height of the stick a little left and or right still gives you the accuracy...

Give these a try!

Wish I was the one that thought these little joys up!

Regards,
post #4 of 107
I'm already good

But I think the problem lies in the ****-tastic quality of the 6-axis controller... seriously i had 4 and i'm down to 1.5 of them that work properly because the friggin awful quality of the thumbsticks, oh and the fact you need to actually use the L3/R3 buttons more now really wears on them I guess
post #5 of 107
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I would just like to say that I am in no way affiliated with KontrolFreek. They aren't paying me to advertise their product, I just want you guys to understand the greatness that I've experienced
post #6 of 107
Interesting ....
post #7 of 107
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Originally Posted by Sonies View Post

I'm already good

But I think the problem lies in the ****-tastic quality of the 6-axis controller... seriously i had 4 and i'm down to 1.5 of them that work properly because the friggin awful quality of the thumbsticks, oh and the fact you need to actually use the L3/R3 buttons more now really wears on them I guess

Yea I feel your pain. But yet again, I promise, as good as you are now, the freeks can only make you better.
post #8 of 107
any box retailers carry these?
post #9 of 107
Humm, I might try these. I love FPS but nothing beats a keyboard and a mouse. However these days it is so much easier to game on a console so if these can help my aim in FPS games then why not.
post #10 of 107
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Originally Posted by JimmyD View Post

any box retailers carry these?

I've never seen one, but idk for sure..
post #11 of 107
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Originally Posted by JimmyD View Post

any box retailers carry these?

Nope, they have to be ordered online. Which is a shame, because they do tend to be fragile (beware of removing them too harshly) and replacing them can be a hassle of they're on backorder, or just waiting on shipping in general.

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Originally Posted by boxterduke View Post

Humm, I might try these. I love FPS but nothing beats a keyboard and a mouse. However these days it is so much easier to game on a console so if these can help my aim in FPS games then why not.

I was the same way. It was too unhealthy being locked into the computer chair at the computer desk, headphones on, completely disconnected from my family and home. Now I am easily accessible, you just have to walk in front of the TV and the trash is out
post #12 of 107
I ordered mine last Friday from their site, and they were in my mailbox on Monday (live in Dallas TX). I have asked local Gaming stores as well as large Electronics store and no one has them.
post #13 of 107
I looked at their website and it states that they're only available online. I still don't understand how having a "longer stick" would help, though. I have both a PS3 and a 360 and always preferred the "shorter stick" of the 360 - aiming on FPS for the PS3 seems too hard for me. It seems to me like these sticks would only make that problem worse, but that is at odds with the great reviews these get. Perhaps I'll pick up a pair and try them out.....
post #14 of 107
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Originally Posted by Scottyb09 View Post

I looked at their website and it states that they're only available online. I still don't understand how having a "longer stick" would help, though. I have both a PS3 and a 360 and always preferred the "shorter stick" of the 360 - aiming on FPS for the PS3 seems too hard for me. It seems to me like these sticks would only make that problem worse, but that is at odds with the great reviews these get. Perhaps I'll pick up a pair and try them out.....

For $10 its worth it.. I thought the same thing, but due to the extended stick combined with higher sensitivity you end up with more precive movement than your used to with something as 'disjointed' as your thumb, lol.
post #15 of 107
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Originally Posted by Scottyb09 View Post

I looked at their website and it states that they're only available online. I still don't understand how having a "longer stick" would help, though. I have both a PS3 and a 360 and always preferred the "shorter stick" of the 360 - aiming on FPS for the PS3 seems too hard for me. It seems to me like these sticks would only make that problem worse, but that is at odds with the great reviews these get. Perhaps I'll pick up a pair and try them out.....

Look at it this way. With the FPS freeks, you can almost double your sensitivity and the movements you make on the joystick now will be the exact same. What it allows is more movement overall, so when you throw your joystick down into the controller, because of the increased sensitivity, it allows for the jumping-spinny-360degree kills that you want so badly.
post #16 of 107
But how is that different from simply upping the sensitivity on the game overall? On MW2 I have mine set at 7 and anything higher seems to be "too much". Wouldn't this just exacerbate the problem?
post #17 of 107
I'll have to give these a look. I'm also finding that I badly want a mouse. Enough that I've been reading up on the FragNstein and XFPS.
post #18 of 107
No, not at all. When you jerk your thumb over 1cm currently, you move a LOT. When you jerk your thumb over 1cm with the freeks, you dont. You have more surface area to cover due to the extended pad combined with the higher sensitivity.. this makes your movements much smoother and more precise and allows for the occasional "flick" shot.
post #19 of 107
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No... It's kind of hard to explain. If the joystick is longer, it takes more movement to move the lower end of the joystick the same distance. You have to remember, it is an extension. So when you move the extended joystick 10 degrees, that's not the same as moving the joystick without the freek 10 degrees. So it gives you more range of motion, allowing for more motion control. You raise your sensitivity to almost max, then the smallest movement of a freeked joystick is like sitting at 3 sensitivity.
post #20 of 107
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Originally Posted by Esdeekay View Post

No... It's kind of hard to explain. If the joystick is longer, it takes more movement to move the lower end of the joystick the same distance. You have to remember, it is an extension. So when you move the extended joystick 10 degrees, that's not the same as moving the joystick without the freek 10 degrees. So it gives you more range of motion, allowing for more motion control. You raise your sensitivity to almost max, then the smallest movement of a freeked joystick is like sitting at 3 sensitivity.

This is right. I have these for xbox and a couple of the people kind of explained it wrong. It's not going to make your character move any faster. If you turn the sensitivity to max, he will move the same speed with or without the sticks. The difference is, with the sticks you are able to make more precise movements.

This will help you especially if you are one of those players that are bad about always pushing the stick to the far right or left. It gives you a larger range of motion with the sticks allowing you to more easily make fine movements.

Here is the only way I can think to describe it. If you push your current stick a 2 cm to the left, this is the same as pushing the control freeks 4 cm to the left. It takes you a farther distance to get to the same place. It can hurt you in close firefights where you need to spin around quickly, but helps in medium to long range distances.
post #21 of 107
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Originally Posted by RemoWilliams84 View Post

It's not going to make your character move any faster. If you turn the sensitivity to max, he will move the same speed with or without the sticks.

I never said it would make you move faster. The explanation we gave is valid, because it's what the freeks are made for.

If you raise your sensitivity to max, as opposed to halfway, standard movements will feel the same. It's only in those important moments when someone runs right through you, you can slam down the analog stick, and get a quick turn onto the target. Without the freek, turning around on a dime is pretty much impossible unless you already play at ridiculous sensitivities.

EDIT: Don't get us wrong. The freeks aren't ONLY made for those quick turns. The biggest improvement it's made for me are the small adjustments for long range shots. Especially when you're using iron sights and have to be extremely precise.
post #22 of 107
Wish I would've discovered these before I got burnt out on MW2. I don't play a ton of FPSs, but when I buy another one down the road, I'll have to give these a try.
post #23 of 107
If you're an Amazon Prime member or wanted to pick up more than one, they also have this things in the Fulfillment by Amazon program. The initial cost is a bit more($12.99 vs. $9.99), but it actually saves you money over paying the $4.51 in shipping:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html...A1XOCBC637EZ46

I'm getting some as soon as I stop playing FFXIII since added precision in that would be pointless
post #24 of 107
I don't really get into fps and I'm not overly concerned with upping my game play in general, but I do often get sore hand cramps because the DS3 controller is just a little too small.

Any input from users on the notion that these seem to make the controller feel larger? Or reduce hand cramping?

$10 would be worth it if they made the controller feel bigger.

-Suntan
post #25 of 107
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Originally Posted by Suntan View Post

I don't really get into fps and I'm not overly concerned with upping my game play in general, but I do often get sore hand cramps because the DS3 controller is just a little too small.

Any input from users on the notion that these seem to make the controller feel larger? Or reduce hand cramping?

$10 would be worth it if they made the controller feel bigger.

-Suntan

I wouldn't say my hands are enormous, but they're pretty large. I felt comfortable with these on immediately, as opposed to anyone else I knew that had smaller hands. They tended to cramp up after using it, and had to build a tolerance to 'em.
post #26 of 107
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Originally Posted by Suntan View Post

I don't really get into fps and I'm not overly concerned with upping my game play in general, but I do often get sore hand cramps because the DS3 controller is just a little too small.

Any input from users on the notion that these seem to make the controller feel larger? Or reduce hand cramping?

$10 would be worth it if they made the controller feel bigger.

-Suntan

I feel that they do make the DS3 feel a bit larger, as the platform your thumbs rest on is extended.
post #27 of 107
I might have to check these out. I'm pretty burnt out on MW2 (only at level 66 on my first play through) but plan to play quite a bit of Halo: Reach this fall. Too many other games to play over the summer
post #28 of 107
I wouldn't say they make the controller larger, but rather more comfortable? I have never really expierenced the cramping per se, but I definately find my hand more relaxed during and after gameplay.
post #29 of 107
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Originally Posted by HerrVonZeppelin View Post

I wouldn't say they make the controller larger, but rather more comfortable? I have never really expierenced the cramping per se, but I definately find my hand more relaxed during and after gameplay.

Yea, I noticed right away that I was much more comfortable after playing. It seemed like before when I was straining to make some shots, my hands would get tired or cramp up because of that.
post #30 of 107
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Now I am easily accessible, you just have to walk in front of the TV and the trash is out

Hahaha, I hear ya

Speaking on trash, tomorrow is our day of the week for the trash to be picked up, I have to remember to break all the cardboard boxes we have so I can fit them in the recycle bin...
Hmmm that is going to take 30 mins away from God of War III
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