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Microsoft have always been good at making things user-friendly. Some say they prefer Mac OS X as opposed to Windows, but they make it overly complicated. This is the same with this superb X Box controller. This feels great in your hands, nice and weighty, and the buttons are exactly where your fingers want them to be. Unfortunately, Microsoft are also famous for making their products indispensible, and then charging ridiculous amounts for something that everyone knows they need. £18.50 is quite a price to pay for a controller. Here are the features:
2 Analog Sticks
Start with the basic movement. Just like all 3G consoles it has the dual analog sticks to control the player's movement easily in any game. When PS2 has had so much success, why reinvent the wheel? The analog sticks can also click down to create more functions within the game.
A, B, X and Y buttons
Like the PS2's X, O, Triangle and Square buttons, the X Box has it's very own set of main control buttons. These can, unfortunately, become complicated. The good thing about the PS2's buttons became successful is because they were easy to memorise. Somehow it is harder to use your instinct when someone says 'Press the Y button' than when they say 'Press the Triangle button'. Ask your local psychologist for details.
White and Black buttons
These seldom-used buttons are hidden away in the corner or the controller, used for purposed seldom used in the game (flashlight in Halo, for example). These are pretty much just like the other buttons, but smaller.
Start and Back buttons
Like START and SELECT on a PS2, these buttons are basically used to pause and control menus in the games. They are the ones people forget.
For selecting things in menus and stuff. Anything that doesn't really need analog movement. This can sometimes be a bit stiff.
Left and Right Triggers
These were a great idea. Expanding on the z-trigger from the old n64 and the shoulder buttons from the psone, these really make you feel like you're shooting the hell out of someone with a REAL GUN!
Just like all of the 3G consoles (PS2, Gamecube and XBOX), this has the vibration mode, making it clear when your character is in horrible bain and you must stop him/her from getting hurt further.
Memory card ports
Considering that the XBOX has a built-in hard drive, these are kind of obsolete. Well, if you want to bring savegames to friends' houses you can use these. There are 2 of these in each controller.
Well, that pretty much covers it all. In conclusion, this is a great controller for a great cosole, but you just have to get used to it, like all controllers.