Originally Posted at GAMINGTRUTH.COM
I recently had a chance to get my hands on some of KontrolFreek’s FPS Freek thumbstick extenders. As an avid first-person shooter player (Call of Duty and Halo), I was interested in seeing whether or not KontrolFreek’s small clip-on extenders would actually do what it says they’ll do.
The KontrolFreek website states that using the extenders will make you better at first-person shooter games, specifically by improving prevision while aiming, which increases your range of motion by 40 percent and minimizing the adjustments while aiming and making targeting much faster. Consider me intrigued.
It is important I mention that the FPS Freek extenders are 100 percent tournament legal. I do not play video games professionally (I wish I did) and I am not a cheater. So it was comforting to know that these are simply another tool that gamers can use to improve their playing and eliminate some thumb fatigue.
The extenders are extremely easy to install on your controller. You just clip them on the thumbsticks and you are ready to go. It took less than 10 seconds for me to do this and once on, they are very secure. After hours of gaming with them clipped on, I didn’t have a single issue with them twisting, slipping or un-clipping. The extenders are very soft but not slippery, and have a few raised bumps that give you the perfect amount of traction.
It is true that they look and feel a little awkward when you first try them out. However, I could immediately feel that I was more in control of my movements and putting out less effort.
Soon, I jumped into Team Deathmatch on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 to test these puppies out.
I did not do well. Chances are, you won’t either.
Trust me though, give them more time and you will not be disappointed. Like anything, they take a little getting used to. I’ve now completed dozens of multiplayer matches and played through some of Far Cry 3 with the extenders on and I don’t foresee me taking them off anytime soon.
I can’t say for sure that they have dramatically improved my gaming, but I feel more in control of every aspect of my movements and thumb fatigue seems like an issue of the past. I typically use an assault rifle while playing first person shooter tittles, so my gaming style falls between running/gunning and sneaking around. The extenders have made hip firing a lot more precise and seemingly effortless. Aiming and getting long shots also seem to be smoother, most likely because the extenders themselves are smoother than the regular thumbsticks. It’s hard to explain how just adding a little height to the thumbsticks makes so much of a difference, but it does.
Overall, for the price of around $13, these are well worth the money. They do what they say they are going to do and as I mentioned above, the benefits are obvious. Maybe not right away, but certainly once you’ve gotten used to them. You also have to get past the odd look of having an additional thumbstick on top of your original controller thumbstick. Other than that, though, I can’t say anything negative about the KontrolFreek FPS Freek Bombshell’s. Why not improve your gaming and give your boring old controller a little more personality while your at it (pink thumbsticks!!)?
Check out KontrolFreek.com for more information on the FPS Freek thumbstick extenders as well as a whole slew of other accessories for your controller.
*Author’s Note: I tested the FPS Freek extenders on an Xbox 360 controller. They are compatible with both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers. Click here to check out all of our KontrolFreek accessory reviews.
+ Easy Installation
+ Improves performance
- Take a little getting used too
- A little odd looking on the controller