To coincide with the release of Mass Effect 3, Razer is releasing a whole boat load of Mass Effect 3 themed gaming gear and accessories. Included in the bunch was the ME3 Onza Tournament Edition controller designed for Xbox 360. Razer was nice enough to send one of these beauties are way so we put it to the test. Head past the break for our full review!
Right out of the box I was impressed with the overall look and feel of the gamepad, however, it had been quite some time since I had played with a wired controller and I was afraid that it would bother me to no end. Thankfully, that wasn't case as the 15 foot braided cable (which looks very nice by the way) quickly left my thoughts when I flipped on my Xbox and got to gaming.
The first thing I noticed when I started playing was the placement of the “back” and “start” buttons. Razer has moved them down toward the bottom of the gamepad and the extra reach really through me off. Also, the left and right trigger buttons on the Onza TE stick out much further than the triggers on a standard Xbox 360 controller and when I first jumped in and started lighting up baddies it kind of bothered me a little bit. As I continued my session I found myself trying different positions and eventually got used to it. While these two features did take moment to get used to, the pros definitely outweigh the cons in the long run.
The Onza TE sports 4 back-lit “hyperesponse” action buttons and not only do they look good, they're also just as responsive as Razer claims, allowing me to use the slightest tap and not have to worry about it. The Onza's D-pad is also a feature I was very pleased with. The D-pad Microsoft has plagued their Xbox 360 controllers with has always frustrated me and Razer's sliced pie style pad is a more than welcome change.
Also highlighting the Onza TE are it's two multifunction buttons. These sit on the top off the controller next to the right and left bumpers and are programmed by simply holding down the corresponding button on the back of the controller and tapping the button you want it to mimic. It's very easy to set up and once I was familiar with it I was changing setups on the fly.
Razer's Mass Effect 3 Onza TE controller seems like it would be a great buy for anyone looking to move away from Microsoft's wireless Xbox 360 gamepad and it won't cost a cent more coming in at $60. While it may take some getting used to the time spent re-learning controls should be minimal. If your worried about going back to a corded controller, don't be. The added features, improved D-pad and 15 foot cord make up for it immediately.
Stay tuned for our review of Razer's Mass Effect 3 Chimaera 5.1 Gaming Headset!