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Manufacturer: Logitech
Min OS X: Any Version    Requires: USB Port


Rumblepad 2 Vibration Feedback Gamepad
March 3, 2005 | Johan Hans้n


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There are basically only two kinds of gamepads out there: the ones that try to be the Sony Dual Shock, and the Dual Shock itself. No single gamepad has been imitated to the extent of Sony's masterpiece, which is regarded by many as the best gamepad ever. Well, if only beaten by the black Dual Shock II for the PS2. So when packing up Logitech's new RumblePad 2, I'm not too surprised to see something that looks almost exactly like Sony's gamepad. However, the RumblePad actually almost outshines the Dual Shock in look and feel. The gamepad has a sleek blue finish that looks extremely nice, and some rubber surface on the sides to prevent you from losing the grip.

The feel
So how does it feel in the hands then? Well, you pick it up and it feels like you're home. Now it's been a couple of months since I last held the original Dual Shock in my hands, but the RumblePad sure is a good competitor. The rubber grip makes it feel good and the weight is nice, if possibly a tad to the light side (but that's just a personal preference). It really fits my rather large hands without becoming big and bulky. All in all, Logitech has made a very nice pad that on the whole feels really good.

The layout
For those who have never used a Dual Shock controller, the layout is fairly basic. You have the D-pad to the left, 4 buttons to the right, two analog sticks on the lower part, four shoulder-buttons, and two small buttons above the analog stick (start and select). The Logitech RumblePad 2 has almost the identical layout, but with two minor differences: 1) There are four buttons above the analog sticks and 2) The D-pad is one solid disc with a cross on it, instead of the separate pins of the cross on the Dual Shock. As for the four buttons above the analog sticks, two are normal buttons while the other two are used for turning the rumble on and off and to switch the function of the left analog stick and the D-pad...a feature I still haven't figured out the use for.

The setup
Like all other USB gamepads, there is really no setup procedure; you hook it up, start the game, configure the controls and play. Just as easy as it should be. Thank you Apple, Logitech and all game developers out there for making it so easy for the user.

The control
So enough about the look and feel; is the pad actually usable? I would very much say so. After spending countless hours on my old-time love, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4, I'd say this is about as good as it gets. I originally played THPS4 on the PS2 using the Dual Shock II, and things aren't much different at all playing it on my G5 with the RumblePad 2. My only real gripe is the D-pad. On the PS2 I used the D-pad for higher precision in the tricks, since you had separate buttons for up, down, left and right. On the RumblePad 2 you don't get the same precision since you have one whole pad that is much too easy to press a tad up or down when you really just want it to the side, especially since the D-pad feels rather unstable. So I went over to playing solely with the analog sticks. But using it like that, the pad rocks. I also played some of Feral's racing games, Gish and Rayman 3, and even the BF1942 demo with the pad and I've never had this good control with my old RumblePad 1. If I should add one minor complaint, it would be that I think that the analog sticks may be too low on the resistance. While this isn't bad at all right now, it's usually something that degrades with an old pad. But some pads age with grace, so I can't say for sure whether it's a valid complaint or not.

The tremor
One big disappointment with the pad lies in the rumble feature. As of right now it doesn't exist. The RumblePad 2 is so new that Apple's current Immersion library doesn't support it. Logitech has contacted Apple about it, and in a later OS update the rumble should be working. But as of now there is no way for me to test it. Well, there is a small way, but it's not that valid for how it works in games. If you turn the rumble on or off on the pad, with the button mentioned earlier, there's a vibration feedback to this. And I can at least say that the rumble feels good like that. A lot more solid and distinct than the older RumblePad and very much like Sony's Dual Shock. However, until the rumble is supported, the pad is not that different from Logitech's Dual Action gamepad. But at the low price, I feel it's definitely worth it.

Pros
• Great look and feel
• Good precision
• No drivers needed
• Cheap

Cons
• Jiggly D-pad
• Rumble needs future OS Update



Rumblepad 2 Vibration Feedback Gamepad
Manufacturer: Logitech




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