So I’ve had the steam controller for a while now but never got around to using it. This year was going to be the year I used it and I wanted to voice my opinion about how it went. I decided to use it with a personal favourite of mine, Deus Ex – Invisible war. I love the game and I was totally into it when I was younger, I already had it on steam and have never gotten around to playing it; until now.
So first of all I wanted to let y’all know that there will be a video of this at the bottom, I’ll talk about the controller, the packaging and how it feels. Which means I’m not going to go into huge amounts of detail on this post about that, however I am going to chuck in some photos and briefly go over how it handles. As I said before if you want to know about the esthetics then watch the video at the bottom.
So there you have it, some pretty pictures. Now moving forward, I’m used to using an Xbox controller, I’ve had an Xbox since I was 12 maybe longer and they haven’t really changed the design all that much. Which is great because I don’t have to learn something new each time they bring out a new model. However with this new steam controller I’m way out of my comfort zone and I have to say it took some getting used to.
To begin with, I won’t go over it in huge amounts of detail; it looks weird as heck! I mean nothing like the Xbox controlled or even the PlayStation controller so I was a little thrown back. Let’s talk about how the thing actually handles though and how easy it is to use during game play. After all you’re going to want to know how it works when it cost like between £50-£70 depending on the month!
First of all if you’re a gamer you should already have some rechargeable batteries laying about for your keyboard and mouse; however you’re going to need another two AA batteries just to get this going so it might be wise investing in some more!
So how was the game play? I have to admit the controller takes some getting used to. I’m not too sure about the whole clicking sound it makes either on the left pad. If you’re using the controller for a first person shooter game then you might face difficulties. Then again it depends if you have good controller settings. If the game is popular you’ll find a list of popular controller settings and I’d suggest picking the most popular and used one so that you know it works. If you’re playing an older game then don’t expect many, if any pre set controller settings from the community; I found none for Deus ex Invisible War!
Now on the flip side, if you’re playing a game like stronghold, northguard or banished the controller works a lot better. It’s easier to use and as it’s not as fast paced you’ll have more time to learn. As I’ve heard the controller is more designed for games like this, although once you get the hang of how the controller works and get adjusted to it you’ll be able to use it for most games. The only issue I had was that I’ve got the Xbox controller layout in my head so it was hard at first to get used to a whole new controller and making sure I knew where everything was.
Overall I have to say I like the controller, it just takes a while to get used to which is a bit of a shame. If you’re going to use it start with a slow game so you have the time to adjust and figure out where everything is, I wouldn’t suggest diving head first into a fast paced first person shooter because the likely hood is you’re going to get fed up and not use the controller again. So there you have it! My first review, I hope you liked. Let me know and keep gaming!