Glossy Eyed reviews the Mad Catz Force Feedback Racing Wheel for Xbox 360

Glossy Eyed broke open the box and saw this glorious new toy so they quickly slapped it together and plugged it into the outlet while the kiddies weren’t around to take out to the open road. Glossy Eyed thinks it’s important to this review to include being a gaming dad, as they feel there are many of us out there that wish we had the opportunity or option to play with more peripherals then we do but find it hard to do so with a family and children. The first thing they noticed about the Mad Catz’s Racing Wheel was that it was a quality product. It all looked and felt very solid, nothing tacky like some lower price peripherals. With a hefty price tag of $249.99 this is what you should expect when you open up the box of a high end piece of merchandise.

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Boody-Bandit2267d ago (Edited 2267d ago )

After reading your review I cant help but come away thinking the score should be even lower since you were turned off by the price. The thing is though you appeared to be turned off by the $249 number as a whole and not comparing it directly to other wheels at a similar price point. Instead you opted for it being out of the reach to the average gaming consumer.

Yes there are cheaper wheels on the market that fair exceptionally well against this EXTREMELY (I will get to my reasoning in a moment as to why I capped extremely) over priced peripheral from Madcatz. The thing is there is a wheel on the market that makes this Madcatz offering into the shiny plastic POS it actually is in comparison. It's made by Fanatec and it's called the CSR wheel.

The Fanatec CSR wheel comes in at the same price point ($249) and is not in another league compared to this Madcatz wheel. It's in another galaxy. I have owned or gamed on nearly 2 dozen wheels over the years. The old MS wheel ,which this Madcatz wheel was replicated after, being one of them. That MS was complete trash compared to offers from Thrustmaster, Logitech, MOMO and Fanatec. This Madcatz wheel, according to most sim fans I know that have tried both (old MS wheel and this Madcatz wheel), are nearly identical in performance.

This wheel should have a retail value of no more than $129 and even at that price I would opt for the more expensive Fanatec CSR (Forza or GT2 wheel. Being that they are in the same price point now. This Madcatz wheel should rate about a 5 tops.

Also the Fanatec wheels I mentioned not only work with the XBox 360, but the PS3 and PC as well. Which makes it that much more a value over this wheel from Madcatz. IMHO Madcatz is BSC trying to get this much bank for this POS. They could not pay me enough to give them more than a 5 for this wheel consider the competition and price point they are asking for this plastic imitation.

Boody-Bandit2267d ago (Edited 2267d ago )

In case anyone is wondering what BSC stands for it's
"Bat Sh*t Crazy"