Community Review – MLG Pro Circuit Controller for PlayStation 3


We are pleased to announce the return of our community review section. Community plays a very important part at Frugal Gaming and we’ll be publishing reviews submitted to us by our forum members, Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

Review by Forum Member @csreynolds09

Ten years ago, Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso founded Major League Gaming, a professional electronic sports organisation headquartered in New York that sought to elevate videogames tournaments to viable competitive and spectator events. In the last decade its Pro Circuit has hosted and broadcast countless national and international championships, awarding victors with monetary prizes exceeding tens of thousands of dollars. These competitions illustrate that playing games is more than a casual undertaking to some; it’s an opportunity to fund an education, or secure a future.

When it comes to peripherals, particularly joypads, few third party companies cater to this breed of player. Sure, many may market their merchandise with punchy slogans promoting improved durability or game-changing features, though from experience the ‘style over substance’ ideology rings true too often. Not so with the MLG Pro Circuit Controller. Built by reputable manufacturer Mad Catz, its creation has been heavily influenced by feedback from elite MLG competitors. It is therefore a controller designed by gamers for gamers, but can it realistically compete with Sony Computer Entertainment’s robust and reliable DualShock 3?

On initial inspection, the MLG PCC is a hybrid of Microsoft and Sony’s first party pads. Its glossy chassis is modelled on the Xbox 360 controller, while its two convex (curving out or bulging outward) analog sticks and divided D-Pad are laid out as per the classic PS3 arrangement. But there’s much more to the product. Delve deeper into its packaging and you’ll discover a number of substitutable ancillary components, including matte finish faceplates, two concave (curving in or hollowed inward) analog sticks, an adjoined D-Pad, and an clip-on cartridge containing two 35g weights – all of which can be interchanged on-the-fly without the need for a screwdriver or similar tool.

Lift the primary faceplate from the five mini magnets holding it in place and you’ll gain access to MC’s patented ProModule system. Say you want to swap the right convex thumb stick for a concave one. Simply twist the analog module anticlockwise to unlock it, and remove it. Then, insert the replacement analog module and rotate clockwise until a click is heard. Return the faceplate and presto, job done. The MLG PCC’s hassle-free compartmental construction empowers gamers to build a controller that meets their individual preferences, be it an Xbox-style layout (left concave analog, adjoined D-Pad, right concave analog) a PS3-style layout (divided D-Pad, left convex analog, right convex analog) or an exclusive configuration somewhere in between.

The third-party pad doesn’t fail to impress from a performance perspective either. Its rubberized contours sit comfortably in the palms of your hands, and hours of continuous play can be had before your digits’ dexterity starts to deteriorate. A mandatory wired connection precludes battery-related disconnections occurring at inopportune moments, and the 3m gold-plated USB cable supplied eliminates input latency, ensuring that thumb sticks, D-Pad, face and shoulder buttons respond optimally. The most welcome function though is the trigger switch, a nifty trick oddly absent from the peripheral’s user manual. By holding down Start and Select for a few seconds you can remap the shoulder buttons so that L1 and R1 perform the actions assigned to L2 and R2, and vice versa (the joypad’s controller assignment indicator lights invert to notify the user that the switch is active). To begin with I found the change disorienting, but after a few Team Deathmatches on Call of Duty I’d familiarised myself with the new set-up, and it felt so natural that I found reverting back to the PS3 norm challenging.

Despite its alluring features, the MLG PCC is marred by a few inadequacies. For one, neither of MC’s D-Pad modules cut the mustard in terms of precision. Occasionally, pushing up or down will concurrently perform a task mapped to left or right, which makes executing combos in Tekken 6, for instance, rather cumbersome. The analog sticks take a bit of getting used to also. Apply a touch too much pressure when turning and a slight adjustment accelerates to a fast revolution. As such, aligning iron sights with moving targets in first-person shooters proves extremely difficult, and even after altering my sensitivity settings I still found myself doing an increased amount of strafing with the left analog stick to compensate.

The repositioning of the Start and Select buttons is sore point as well. I imagine they were moved to lessen the likelihood of pressing them accidentally during intense gameplay moments, but their new placement makes accessing menus and scoreboards in-game an awkward affair. Last of all, the premium controller is lacking a basic PlayStation 3-specific trait: SixAxis support. To most this won’t be a deal breaker, especially considering how few games nowadays harness the technology. Nevertheless, as someone who likes to revisit Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune or Heavenly Sword from time to time, its omission is hard for me to ignore.

Maybe I’m not the videogames God I thought I was, or perhaps I’m just too used to the feel of my worn, well-used Dualshock 3. Whatever the explanation, I wasn’t able to fully adjust to the MLG Pro Circuit Controller, although that’s not to imply Mad Catz’s joypad is a poor product. Its build quality is second to none. The innovative ProModule system offers unmatched versatility and personalisation possibilities, and FPS enthusiasts will definitely value the (strangely) secret trigger switch function. Dedicated and tournament-standard players will love this peripheral, of that I am confident, but casual and budget-conscious gamers might be opposed to investing £79.99 in hardware that marginally outshines Sony’s own.

Verdict: 7/10

Cheapest Price: £79.99 Delivered @Currys

Review by Forum member @csreynolds09

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Gioteck GC-2 Review – The Xbox 360 Flavoured PS3 Controller


I mainly play all my games on the Xbox 360 even though I also own a PS3. The reason for this is that I detest the Dualshock 3 controller, it’s too small, too light and just feels wrong compared to that of the Xbox 360. I’ve owned a PS3 since the day it was released and although I prefer the console over the Xbox 360, the gamepad just killed the whole experience for me. Games like Killzone 3, Uncharted, MAG and many more PS3 exclusives always frustrated me as my hands seemed to have turned in to claws that will only ever feel comfortable with an Xbox 360 controller in them.

I have tried many third party PS3 controllers that are based around the 360 design, but they were all pretty rubbish. They either had connectivity issues or dead spots on the thumb sticks that made playing precision games with any degree of accuracy pretty much impossible. By the time you had compensated for the controllers lack of accuracy in shooting games, you’d get a bullet in the face. This made me very angry as I am rubbish enough without this hindrance!

Then a friend of mine recommended the Gioteck GC-2 controller as it had some pretty good reviews. I went down to my local game store and managed to pick one up for £27.99, which is about £6 cheaper than the official Dualshock 3.  The first surprise I had was that the controller worked straight away without any issues. Just plug the wireless receiver in to the PS3 USB port and the controller connects straight away, this is one thing that caused issues with the other third party pads I’ve trialled.

The pad itself feels almost the same as the Xbox 360 controller and it also has the displaced thumb sticks that I love so much. The finish may look a little shiny and cheap for some peoples tastes, but the rubbery finish of the grips makes it really comfortable to use. It also has triggers that are far better designed than the Dualshock 3, which I always thought were dire. I have played Killzone 3 and a few other shooting games and the controller has proved accurate and responsive.

There are also a few other features on the pad, a few of them I will never use. There are various thumb stick sensitivity settings, force feedback that provides a satisfying amount of vibration (that sounds a little wrong) and a turbo button.

Overall this is a very good controller and I would recommend it to anybody that prefers the 360 style controller over that of the PS3. The only negative elements I’ve found is that the triggers and buttons are a little on the small side and could do with being a little chunkier. The bumper buttons are also a bit on the flimsy side. For all those lazy buggers like me, you cannot use the controller to turn on the console. You’ll have to get a large stick that can reach the consoles power button or alternatively get off your backside and turn it on manually, just like we did in the 80’s!

Frugal Gaming Product Score : 7 out of 10

Cheapest on-line price £19.99 here

You can find all GC-2 details here in an on-line PDF


[NOW CLOSED] 2 Copies of Tomb Raider up for grabs thanks to Boomerang Games

Tomb Raider Xbox 360

[box type=”note” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Winner number one was via a Facebook entry. Winner Ryan Dicken for his entry on Boomerang Games Facebook page @ March 3 at 9:05pm[/box]

[box type=”note” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Winner two was @Tori_Heart via Twitter on 14th March[/box]

Competition Details

We have once again teamed up with the nice people at Boomerang Games to being you a brand new competition. We have been given two copies of the eagerly anticipated Tomb Raider to give away. We will pick two winners that will each receive one copy of the game for either the Xbox 360 or PS3

Tomb Raider Details

After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was traveling on, a frightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach. On her own but not alone she has only one goal, to survive.

Here begins the first adventure for a young and inexperienced Lara Croft in a story which charts the journey of an ordinary woman who finds out just how far she must go in order to stay alive.

Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Tomb Raider delivers an intense and gritty story into the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.

Boomerang Games

Boomerang Games is a great place to find new game releases, pre-owned bargains and the cheapest video game rental prices around! You can check out all they have to offer using the links below.

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To enter via Twitter, you need to be following both the @FrugalGaming and @Boomeranggames accounts, if you are not registered on Twitter, you can sign up here. Then all you need to do is Tweet the phrase below.

RT & Follow @FrugalGaming & @Boomeranggames for a chance to win Tomb Raider for 360 or PS3 #FGUKCOMP T&C’s Here


To enter via Facebook you need to visit and Like Boomerang Games Facebook Page. Once you have done that, all you need to do is complete the sentence below and then copy and paste it on to Boomerang Games Facebook page timeline. There are no right or wrong answer obviously, it’s just a way for us to track your entries.

Hey Frugal Gaming & Boomerang Games, the game I am most looking forward to in 2013 is………..

Terms and Conditions

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Playstation Plus Update February 2013 – Sleeping Dogs, Wipeout 2048, Lumines and more!

PS Plus

Added to the Plus Service in February:
6th February: Sleeping Dogs PS3
6th February: Quantum Conundrum PS3
6th February: F1 Race Stars PS3
13th February: WipEout 2048 PS Vita
20th February: Lumines Electronic Symphony PS Vita

Removed from the Plus Service in February:
6th February: BioShock 2
6th February: Ratchet and Clank All 4 One
6th February: Cubixx HD
13th February: Jet Set Radio
20th February: Pinball Arcade

Also as of 6th February there will also be a discount on the 90 day membership for PlayStation Plus. For two weeks you’ll be able to get over 30% off the regular price – that’s €9.99/£7.99, reduced from €14.99/£11.99

Source : Playstation Blog

When will my card be charged when placing pre-orders? Retailer info

iStock_000015078575LargeMany of our readers often ask when they can expect to be charged when placing pre-orders with certain retailers. Benjo has kindly compiled a list of retailers, along with details of when they charge your card. Some retailers take the payment as soon as you place the order and others charge just before your order is dispatched.

Hopefully this information will help you make informed buying decisions, after all you my not want your money sitting in a retailers bank account for weeks, whilst you sit at home waiting for the games to be released! If we have missed any retailers, please use the comment box below and we will add all the info you need. Continue reading When will my card be charged when placing pre-orders? Retailer info

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Game Trade-in Price Checker – Check Game Values On-Line


Many people ask if I can tell them the trade in values of video games, which usually takes a bit of work to find out. CEX have always stated the trade-in values on their website, now Game have a handy price checker that enables you to find how much you can expect to get for your games when trading in-store. There’s nothing worse than trekking all the way in town only to be told that the trade value of your games is less than the cost of a pack of pork scratchings!

To use the price checker click here

Game’s trade in price guarantee

Game have a trade in price guarantee, which in my experience isn’t always honored! (By using the “Managers decision is final” stipulation from the terms and conditions stated below)

GAME won’t be beaten on Trade-Ins, and you can be sure you’ll always get the best deal with us.

We will honour our Trade-In Price Promise to match the trade-in price of other high street competitors. These competitors must be within a 1 mile radius of your GAME store, and the price valid within a 24 hour period. And if you actually find a better deal with another retailer, we’ll beat that by £1!

Remember, the more games you trade, the more you can save against new games by building up your trade-in credit. And if there’s a new release you want but you haven’t traded-in yet, you can simply trade in your games as part of the purchase with no need for separate transactions – or separate queues.

Standard Trade-In Terms and Conditions apply.*

Ask in-store for further details.

*Terms and Conditions: GAME stores will beat any trade-in price offered to the general public by a local competitor by £1 within a one mile radius and within a 24 hour period. This excludes trade in prices offered via email or online. Proof must be provided from a local competitor. Trade-In offers are open to members of the public only and GAME reserves the right to refuse any offer to anyone believed to be representing a trade buyer. The trade-in price match cannot be used in conjunction with any other trade-in offer. The Managers Decision is final.



Playstation Store Update 7th November 2012

Here are the details of this weeks Playstation Store update as announced on the Playstation Blog

PlayStation Plus

Crysis 2 – new addition to Instant Game Collection
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One – new addition to Instant Game Collection
Cubixx HD – new addition to Instant Game Collection
Dyad – 20% off for two weeks
WWE Fan Axxess – 50% off for one week

PS3 Games

Devil May Cry HD Collection
Price: £19.99/€29.99
PEGI: 16
Availability: All

Price: £7.99/€9.99
Availability: Not available in AU, NZ

LittleBigPlanet Karting
Price: £39.99/€49.99
Availability: All (UK/Ire 9th Nov)

One Piece: Pirate Warriors – Grand Line Edition
Price: £49.99/€59.99
PEGI: 12
Availability: All

Pid (Trial available)
Price: £7.99/€9.99
Availability: All

The Darkness II
Price: £19.99/€29.99
PEGI: 18
Availability: Not available in Germany

Toejam & Earl
Price: £3.69/€4.49
Availability: All

Toejam & Earl in Panic On Funkotron
Price: £3.69/€4.49
Availability: All

Price: £11.99/€14.99
PEGI: 18
Availability: All

When Vikings Attack!
Price: £7.99/€9.99
PEGI: 12
Availability: All

PS3 demos (Free)

Disney Epic Mickey: The Power Of Two
Availability: All

F1 Race Stars demo
Availability: All

PS Vita Games

When Vikings Attack!
Price: £7.99/€9.99
PEGI: 12
Availability: All

PS Mobile

You are the Ref
Price: £2.79/€3.49

You are the Umpire
Price: £2.79/€3.49


Agarest: Generations Of War 2

4th Extra Character (£1.99/€2.49)
Additional Massage Costumes (£2.39/€2.99)
Bonus Point Pack 7 (£4.79/€5.99)
Bonus Point Pack 8 (£4.79/€5.99)
Four Divine Beasts Pack (Free)
Frensberge Specialty Pack 4 (£1.19/€1.49)
Peddling Damascus Sp (£1.59/€1.99)
Right To The Blacksmith Pack 7 (Free)
Right To The Blacksmith Pack 8 (Free)
Shaldie Mail Order 2 Pack (£2.39/€2.99)
Unlock Character Galleries (Free)

Availability: Not available in Finland/New Zealand

Crazy Machines Elements

Brainfood Pack 2

Prices: £2.39,€2.99
Availability: Not available in Denmark/Finland/Norway/Poland/Sweden/Turkey

James Bond Legends (content releases 9th Nov)

Eve Character Skin (£1.59/€1.99)
Patrice Character Skin (£1.59/€1.99)
Skyfall Content Pack (Free)

Availability: All

Lights Camera Party

The Good/the Bad and the Monkey

Prices: £3.99/€4.99
Availability: Not available in AU/NZ

LittleBigPlanet (Cross-Buy)

Rare Racing Jersey (one week only) (£3.99/€4.99)

Availability: All

LittleBigPlanet Karting

Timesavers Pack (£2.39/€2.99)
Network Pass (£7.99/€9.99)

Availability: All

Magic 2013

Magic 2013 Deck Pack 1

Prices: £0.79/€0.99
Availability: All

Mugen Souls

First Generation Bride Set
Gamer Goddess Set
Lonely Goddess Set

Prices: £1.59/€1.99
Availability: All

PES 2013

PES2013 Online Pass

Prices: £7.99,€9.99
Availability: All

Rock Band 3

Dave Matthews Band Pack 01 (£2.49/€3.99)
Ants Marching (£0.99/€1.49)
Mercy (£0.99/€1.49)
So Much To Say (£0.99/€1.49)
Color Your World (£0.59/€0.79)
N9 (£0.59/€0.79)
Planet Smasher (£0.59/€0.79)
The Greys (£0.59/€0.79)
The Triangular Race Through Space (£0.59/€0.79)

Availability: Australia/Austria/Belgium/Denmark/Finland/France/Germany/Ireland/Italy/Netherlands/New Zealand/Norway/Portugal/Spain/Sweden/Switzerland/United Kingdom only.

Sniper Elite II

Sniper Elite V2 Multiplayer Expansion (Free)
Sniper Elite V2 Weapons Pack (£3.19/€3.99)

Availability: Not available in Germany

Sports Champions 2

Full Unlock Pack

Prices: £1.19,€1.49
Availability: All

Street Fighter X Tekken (Cross-Buy)

Boost Gem Trial Pack 7 (Free)
Color Palette Add-On 9 (Free)
Boost Gem Pack 16 (£0.79/€0.99)
Boost Gem Pack 17 (£0.79/€0.99)
Boost Gem Pack 18 (£0.79/€0.99)
Boost Gem Pack 16 (£0.79/€0.99)
Boost Gem Pack 17 (£0.79/€0.99)
Boost Gem Pack 18 (£0.79/€0.99)

Availability: All

The Pinball Arcade (Cross-Buy)

Add-On Pack 5: Harley Davidson Third Edition And Taxi

Prices: £3.99/€4.99
Availability: All

Tour De France 2012

Tour De France 2012 – Database 2012 (£0.65/€0.79)
Tour De France 2012 – Dauphine (£3.99/€4.99)

Availability: Not available in Turkey

Worms Revolution

Worms Revolution Mars Pack

Prices: £3.19,€3.99
Availability: All

LittleBigPlanet (Cross-Buy)

Rare Racing Jersey (one week only) (£3.99/€4.99)

Availability: All

New Little King’s Story

Summer Set (£1.19/€1.49)
Supreme Ruler Battle Equipment Set (£0.79/€0.99)
Winter Set (£1.19/€1.49)
Work Set (£1.19/€1.49)

Availability: All

Street Fighter X Tekken (Cross-Buy)

Boost Gem Trial Pack 7 (Free)
Color Palette Add-On 9 (Free)
Boost Gem Pack 16 (£0.79/€0.99)
Boost Gem Pack 17 (£0.79/€0.99)
Boost Gem Pack 18 (£0.79/€0.99)
Boost Gem Pack 16 (£0.79/€0.99)
Boost Gem Pack 17 (£0.79/€0.99)
Boost Gem Pack 18 (£0.79/€0.99)

Availability: All

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz Sega White Pack (Free)
Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz Sonic Pack (Free)

Availability: All

The Pinball Arcade (Cross-Buy)

Add-On Pack 5: Harley Davidson Third Edition And Taxi

Prices: £3.99,€4.99
Availability: All

Grainger Games Price Match – Well Worth a Look!

Whilst searching the Grainger Games website for deals I stumbled across their price match page. Basically if you find a video game cheaper on another retailers website than it is at Grainger Games, just let them know using there price comparison form and there is a possibility that they will price match it and also give you further discounts. The terms an conditions are a bit vague, but its worth a go to try and save yourselves a few quid.

Here is what it states on the Grainger Games website

We want to make sure that Grainger Games offers the best value on the web, so if you find something cheaper elsewhere, let us know and if we drop our price based on your comparison, we’ll give you an EXTRA £1 off our reduced price for the title you’ve compared and a voucher to say thanks.

Although we can’t match every price reported, we’ll use your feedback to ensure that our prices remain competitive.

Just enter the details of your price comparison and we’ll take look.

Here is how it worked for me

  • I found Black Ops Xbox 360 for £32.99 at Green Man Gaming which was £7 cheaper than Granger Games price
  • I filled out the Grainger Games price comparison form here and submitted it
  • Within a few minutes a received and email confirming that my deal was genuine
  • Within a few more minutes I received another Email with a code that would entitle me to buy the game for £31.99 (£1 cheaper than the original deal I found)
  • I then received a third email with a code that would entitle me to 10% discount on pre-order titles at Grainger Games

It seems that if they don’t lower the price on their website, they will at least send you a code so you can purchase the game  for less than the other retailer is selling it for. I am not sure if they only do this for just the first person to find a lower price for a specific game, or anyone that submits thereafter.

I tried it on a few deals and got the same result every time!

Below is a screen shot of the email they sent

Seems like it’s worth a try