Fragging is done with the handheld unit on the left hand and
a gun unit on the right. If you're not comfortable with this
layout, just swap the controllers. The control stick on the
handheld is used for movement and perspective viewing whereas
the gun is used for firing. At the point of writing, only
third party mods from Glitterstream
were available for the GS in FPS games. During review, only
mods for Quake II and Half-Life were available and I gave
the Quake II mod a shot.
"Gun Frenzy" Splash
Screen for Configuring the GS for Quake II
The GS performed fairly in Quake II but was a poor replacement
for the keyboard and mouse. For movement and perspective view
control, the buttons and analogue control stick on the handheld
unit were used respectively. Perspective view control while
moving was rather clumsy and effective jumping was very difficult.
The GS combination is ineffective in multiplayer fragging
where the ability to easily aim at any possible direction
is critical. Circle strafing and Death From Above moves are
difficult to perform with the GS. When the heat is on, you'll
definitely be at the losing end.
However, if you're just into
casual single-player FPS gaming, using the GS combination
is undeniably a refreshing and fun alternative to the keyboard
and mouse. The feel of actually aiming and hitting a hostile
with a physical gun is plain cool!
Here We Go! It's Slime Time...
In all, I must say that the
handheld and gun unit combination might be a refreshing alternative
method of control for players new to the FPS genre, but experienced
players comfortable with the keyboard and mouse would probably
be loath to use it.