Marvel Black Spider-Man Pad – XB – Review

Naki’s Spider-Man controller for
the Xbox seems a little slow in response times, but is comfortable and looks
cool

When delving into the world of
controllers, game players are looking for three things – ease of installation,
comfort and responsiveness.

If the controller looks cool, that
is a bonus.

Naki has come up with a line of
control devices that definitely hit on the major points and look very cool.

The Naki controller for the Xbox
follows the Marvel Spider-Man motif, and though not in the typical red and blue
colors associated with the Webcrawler, this controller has a silver spider
emblazoned across the top of the black device. Rubber cushions on the outside
and inside of the controller arms are embossed with Spiderman designs as well.

The Xbox configuration is typical
of the majority of the platform controllers. There are your basic array of A, B,
X, Y, Black and White buttons, the Start and Pause buttons, right and left
thumbsticks, and eight-way digital direction pad. Naki, though, has added a
couple of buttons – a programmable turbo-fire button and the clear button.

The latter two buttons will enable
game players to set these keys up to the actions they want immediately and
responsively. There are two turbo modes, and the clear button does just what it
says, clears the action. The button setup is simple, hold down the turbo button
and the button that you will enable in that mode. Tested on NCAA College
Football 2003 (from EASports) and The Thing (Vivendi Universal Games), the
button did not seem to do much other than speed up the function of the button
used. If you hit the A button, and enabled turbo on that button, it seemed to
make the responsiveness of that button faster.

The device also comes with two
extension memory card slots and has the vibration function.

When it comes to comfort, this
controller scores big. The handgrips, or arms, are rounded to sit in the palm of
the hand easily, and there are indentations in the grips to tuck or wrap the
middle fingers around. The rubber pads also seem to eliminate dreaded sweaty
palms syndrome, when – after hours of play – you find yourself wiping your hands
on your shirt or pants in order to get a better grip on the controller.

Used on The Thing, the controller
seemed to function quickly. However, when it came to NCAA Football, the response
time seemed a hair slower than the controller devices that came with the Xbox.
Also the buttons had to be solidly depressed to initiate the action. Once that
was configured into the gaming style, it proved to be incidental to the game
action.

When it comes to installation,
forget that. Plug it in and play.

Pros:

This device is very comfortable and the
button set-up is nicely configured. Of course, it looks very cool.

Cons:

The turbo button doesn’t seem to do all that
much in the two games tried – unless just a quicker response time was the
intent, then it did that well.

Verdict: 8.4

Naki’s Spider-Man controller for the Xbox is
a very good-looking device that is comfortable in the hands. If the response
time was a touch slower (of course, it could be reaction time on the part of the
game player), that is negligible when compared to the comfort factor. If you are
going to have a device in your hands for hours, you don’t want it to induce
cramps, and the design of this controller helps alleviate that problem. After a
six-eight hour session, the only things worn down were the eyes (and nerves)
from staring at the screen and the game intensity. This is a nice controller,
and if you are a long-time Spider-Man fan (guilty as charged), well, you will
probably want to add this device to your collection.