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WWE All Stars fans Get Awesome New Controllers




Be prepared for over-the-top action, costumes, and 'tude in WWE All Stars, where Wrestling meets the Arcade




Game studio THQ is becoming very well known for its lines of uber realistic MMA and wrestling games, and while we think that is a most excellent thing, every now and then you feel a burning desire to experience that genre in the over-the-top style that can only be found in arcade-type gaming. Well, THQ has us covered there as well with their upcoming release of WWE All Stars!

WWE All Stars is set for release on 29 March 2011 in North America (1 April 2011 worldwide), but the real news is that on that very same date, epic game kit maker Mad Catz is releasing a line of controllers that are specially designed to enhance your game play experience with that title!

The Mad Catz BrawlStick and BrawlPad accessories will bring high octane WWE action to life, allowing gamers to recreate the signature moves of WWE Legends and current WWE Superstars!

Official WWE All Stars Arcade BrawlStick

Engineered for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, the BrawlStick is designed to offer authentic arcade-style play, giving gamers precision control over their characters in game.

Featuring official artwork from the video game that depicts WWE Superstars and WWE Legends, the dual-speed Turbo functionality enabled for each button will allow gamers to execute moves with impressive speed, while the eight-button arcade configuration will enable larger-than-life moves to be performed with precise execution. Each includes an LED Indicator, and an integrated D-Pad switch so gamers can quickly change between D-Pad and Analog Sticks for maximum control flexibility.

The top panel was engineered with an eye towards ergonomics (that is geek speak to say that the controller was build to be comfortable for sustained play). Since they were already restructuring the controller to make it comfie and effective, the blokes at Mad Catz thought they would relocate both the Start and Select/Back Buttons to the rear of the controller, figuring that would minimize the risk of accidental interruptions which can happen when you graze them with your thumb on the regular game pad, and how cool is that?

The BrawlStick has an RRP of $79.99 US, and should price about the same in the UK and elsewhere, but not in US dollars because that would be silly, and the clerk at your Game Store would give you that strange look that says "Wut?! You think this is a bank?!"


Official WWE All Stars BrawlPad

Okay, a redesigned game pad is maybe not as exciting as a stick, but considering that it is also made for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and is engineered to make game play in the ring oh so much better, we'll pretend to be more excited than we actually are, right?

The BrawlPad was made for gamers who really prefer the familiar feel of a game pad over learning to use a new sort of controller -- which is fine, we are not saying anything bad about that -- and hey, you do get a traditional console controller without compromising on game-centric features, so it is all good then.

The WWE All Stars BrawlPad features an ergonomic design (gosh those Geeks are clever, making up new words when they could just say "it's really comfie to use, mate!") with an enlarged circular eight-way floating D-Pad and arcade style six-button configuration.

The integrated D-Pad switch allows gamers to alternate between D-Pad and Analog Sticks, and also includes official artwork from the video game -- which is cool because how can you have a rad controller that doesn't look rad? Gamers can grapple with the BrawlPad depicting their favorite WWE Legends and WWE Superstars, but won't have to smell their breath or get covered in their sweat, which to our mind is win-win. We're just saying...

The RRP for this baby is just $39.99 US, and with the way that the dollar is bouncing around, that could easily work out to like, 8 quid on a good day, right?

Posted: 20th Jan 2011 by CMBF
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WWE All Stars, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, PlayStation 3, PC, Hardware,

 
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