Mad Catz's rise to being the dominant accessory company in the past four years is an example of a company selling a product that's held up to the highest quality standards possible. When the Mad Catz Tournament Edition Arcade Stick was being developed, the company realized that players wanted a quality product regardless of price. Having a commanding hold of the accessories for fighting game tournaments, Mad Catz is trying to conquer the FPS-focused controller market. To do that, they will need to make a controller that can compete with the already-refined Xbox 360 controller made by Microsoft, as the 360 is currently the primary console used in console FPS tournaments. The controller to do that job is the Mad Catz MLG Pro Controller.
Change It How You Like - The Mad Catz MLG Pro Controller is designed to let players switch their D-pads and analog sticks. The additional analog sticks and D-pad are included in the box, and what's funny is that the extra parts you use on this Xbox 360 controllers are actually parts akin to the PS3 controller. On the controller are the standard concave analog sticks, and the replacements are the rounded analog sticks that you would find on a PS3 DualShock controller. Then you have the D-pad replacement that is tremendously better than the Xbox 360’s stock controller D-pad. Granted, the D-pad was improved on the most recent 360 controllers, but I still preferred this controller. It really helped in fighting games where a good D-pad is beneficial. To switch out the sticks or D-pad, all that's needed is a quick counterclockwise turn of the base for the stick/D-pad making it quick and easy to exchange them.
Heavy Duty - When holding the Mad Catz MLG Pro Controller, you can feel the weight difference between this and the standard Xbox 360 controller, and that's before you add the extra weights that are in the box. Adding on the extra weight helps increase the stability of the controller making it a bit more precise in FPS games. To go along with the sturdier build of the controller, the controller cable is also tougher. It is a braided cable that has been used by many gaming peripheals as of late making it very hard to come apart. If you're one of those people that wraps their cables around the controller or trip over it, then you know that after some time, the cable will begin to fray and tear away. Not only that, the cable attaches to the controller via a screw on metal connector allowing you to keep the cable separate from the controller when travelling so that it doesn't wear out by having to constantly tie it around the controller, making for easy packing. So not only is the build of the controller designed for an edge in stability, but the detachable cable helps extend the life of the controller. Also, if you are wondering why someone would want to go with a wired controller, its because many tournaments actually require them.
PAY FOR IT LIKE A PRO
A Heavy Price Tag - As is the case with any high quality gaming accessory, there is a price to pay for quality. At $100, you can buy two standard 360 controllers for the same price as the Mad Catz MLG Pro Controller. Most gamers don't put their controller through the same wear and tear that hardened MLG competitors do, hence the need for premium models such as this one. However, gamers that put in tons of hours in a competitive FPS game can appreciate a higher quality controller that is able to stand up to heavy use, making this the only controller you'll need for a long time.
The Mad Catz MLG Pro controller is worth the money. The ability to change the sticks and D-pad to your liking, along with the improved durability, make this an ideal choice for gamers that want to compete in tournaments or for those who put their controllers through some major abuse with long periods of gaming. If that doesn't describe you, then you're better off with the standard controller, which really isn't a bad place to be.
*This review was based on review sample provided by the manufacturer.*