Mad Catz for Mad Skillz.
As gaming platforms have evolved over the years, so to have the peripherals that accompany them. Good games can have their fun factor multiplied simply by having the right piece of equipment alongside them. Racing games are the perfect example of this situation. While many are enjoyable on their own, nothing can compare to playing a great racing game with a great steering wheel.
To date, there have been so many racing titles for the Dreamcast that racing fans truly deserve a quality racing wheel that will add to the excitement of a high speed run. The Mad Catz MC2 racing wheel for the Dreamcast is a simple peripheral that definitely goes a long way.
If you're looking for control, look no further because the MC2 serves up a huge helping. The wheel handles well and also includes the patented 'AccuDrive Calibration System' that allows users to tailor the wheel to their own preferences. The unique AccuDrive system allows for the adjustment of the steering sensitivity and deadzone. So whether you like your steering tight or loose, you'll find that this wheel can do it all.
Some problems that plague race wheels have nothing to do with control, but how well the unit stays put. Seriously - what would driving a car be like if you ripped the wheel clean off the base and had the pedals slide around on the floor? Fortunately, the MC2 puts these worries to rest. The wheel has three suction cup feet that stick quite firmly to smooth surfaces (even those wooden TV trays that so many people use) and the foot pedals have their own non-slip rubber feet that hold very nicely to the floor.
Another unique feature of the MC2 is the retractable leg straps that fit alongside your legs and allow you to use the wheel on your lap. This feature actually works much better than I had anticipated and feels very solid and stable. Even the angle is just right, keeping the wheel from rubbing against your legs during play.
The MC2 also includes a short stick shift as well as F1 style paddles for you manual transmission buffs. The stick shift works fine, but the paddle shifters seem just a shade short of being comfortable. If the paddles extended out just another inch, they would be much easier to use (or maybe I just have short fingers).
The face of the MC2 features six buttons, a D-pad, the start button and the calibration button. One interesting aspect of the wheel is that it can be used without the pedals (although why anyone would ever buy a race wheel and not use the pedals is beyond me). Instead, two buttons on the wheel's face can be used for braking and acceleration. Again, these buttons are just a tad too close in for comfort and trying to execute a hard turn while holding down the accelerator can be a nightmare. Use the pedals - that's what they're there for.
You'll be happy to know that the MC2 has wheel resistance and supports force feedback on its very own. The vibrations of the wheel aren't very strong, but depending on your preferences that could be a good or a bad thing. It also seems to take a pretty big hit for the vibrations to kick in. While playing Tokyo Extreme, it took a crash at speeds of about 90+ mph to feel any feedback.
Overall, the MC2 is a solid race wheel that will give armchair drivers complete control of their TV racers. Many features such as the unique calibration system and the retractable leg straps make the MC2 stand out above the rest. If you're looking for a reliable wheel that won't let you down, the MC2 is a great way to go.