This is a really big honkin’ controller! Review

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Release Date

  • 12/31/1969
  • Out Now


  • Hardware


This is a really big honkin’ controller!

Like the NES Advantage (Nintendo) of the eighties, the NYKO

is yet another attempt to refine the game controller into

something more manageable. My own theory has always been that any gamer

can use any design of controller so long as her or she has enough time

to get used to it. Nevertheless, there are many positive aspects to the

Maximizer that make it more than just a mutated Playstation controller

with a joystick attached.

For one thing, the button pad itself is huge, with large colored

buttons on a raised circular platform. The really cool thing about this

is that the platform has a 270 degree rotation. This means that if you

have never liked the position of the X button, or any of the other

buttons for that matter, you can move them around to any circular angle

that you desire. The downside of this is that the L1, L2, R1, and R2

buttons (the top buttons on the standard controller) are also on this

circular platform. Here, these buttons seemed awkward to me. And because you cannot access any buttons with your left hand, some button combinations are very difficult.

Across the center of the large controller is a series of turbo

switches, corresponding to each button on the controller. Each of these

switches determines the firing speed of each of the regular controller buttons,

from automatic to fast. As an example, suppose that you are in a plane

and your mission is to blow up everything in sight and, let’s suppose

that you have a nearly unlimited supply of machine gun bullets and/or

rockets and missiles. Unconcerned about the stocks in your personal

armory, you simply wish to destroy everything in sight. With the

Maximizer, you can switch the “fire” button to turbo and launch rounds

twice as fast as normal, or flip the switch to “auto” and launch rounds

in one continuous stream. Either way, much carnage will occur.

And another bonus includes a wrist-rest right under the circular

button platform, so as to avoid the horrors of carpal tunnel syndrome

from prolonged use of this device.

So how does this thing work in action? The answer is fairly

well, depending on the type of game you want to play. The controller is

at its best when playing your standard shoot-em-up, or the “jumping over little

men” type of Super Mario Brothers action game. It also performs well

with a variety of flight games. My fraternity brothers used

it on NCAA Gamebreaker ’97 and thought that it added an extra feel to

sports games as well. However, when we tried the controller on Car and

Driver’s Grand Tour Racing ’98, everyone unanimously hated the joystick

and preferred the Playstation’s standard controller. The fact of the

matter is that the

Maximizer simply does not give one the control

necessary to handle a race car on a tight course. But, that should not

take away from the fact that the controller performed well otherwise,

and except for a somewhat short cord length, is a handsome addition to

any Playstation.