canít beat the original controllers from Sony, Microsoft and
Nintendo but every now and then, a third party controller will offer
something uniquely interesting to the gamer that will also catch the
eye of the media. Logitech are also experts in this field as well!
So where does the Afterglow AW.1 and AW.2 fit into the grand scheme
of gaming? Interestingly enough, they are very reminiscent of the
original controllers by Nintendo and while testing them, they felt
extremely comfortable to use. It should be noted that AW.1 is the
wiimote and the AW.2 is the nunchuck. Out first impressions were...
these are actually not bad! Definitely a good start.
The highlight of these controllers is
that "after glow" effect which basically fills your room with an almost
alien-type light when these controllers are used in the dark.
Needless to say, they look mightily impressive when used, especially
for motion sensitive games as the controllers sometimes make a line
of light. Okay... I'm a Star Wars geek and like Russell Brand, when
adults are not around, I revert back to a child and these
controllers really helped immerse me into the game and have a ball
while using them. Lots of lights!
are some subtle differences with the official controllers and the
Afterglow controllers. Firstly, the AW.1 has buttons in
different places! This is not a bad thing and is actually a slight
improvement over the original controller. Firstly, the Home button
is located in the top right hand corner of the unit with the - and +
buttons just above the A button. Finally, the 1 and 2 buttons at the
bottom are on an angle on the Afterglow controller as opposed to
being directly under each other. Once you get the gist of it, it
really doesn't effect gaming but it may take some gamers a little
time to readjust. The most important factor is that it works.
Afterglow AW.2, I really appreciated the rubber thumb grip on the
controller stick which does give more accuracy and control to the
player as opposed to the Nintendo nunchuck. You can even retract the
cord back into the AW.2
once you have finished
your gaming sessions. It's these little things that make the
controllers so cool to use. Like the Nintendo controllers, these
must be purchased separately which is a shame because you can't have
one without the other, just like the Nintendo controllers.
end of the day, the Afterglow AW.1 and AW.2 are quite affordably
priced which will be available in all good stores in Australia from
September 30th 2010 and if you want more information, please visit
the official distributors in Australia at -
For gamers, it feels
like a gaming control that has a good grip and although the buttons
are located in different spots (probably for copyright), it actually
works. But the best part of the Afterglow is the cool light that it
emits from each controller.
Now it's a fight for the Afterglows
controllers as opposed to the official Nintendo controllers which
should never happen but it did! Check
available for XBox 360 and PlayStation 3