MAG II Wireless Magneton Induction Controller Review

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MAG 2 Controller

Ever since the Wii hit the market in 2006, motion controllers have become a mainstay of console gaming. From the PlayStation Move to the Xbox Kinect, just about every hardware manufacturer is trying to get a slice of the motion controller pie. All Interactive Entertainment promises to change the scene with its MAG II controller (not to be confused with the addictive PS3 game MAG), which offers functionality on both the PS3 and PC.

It’d be hard to talk about the MAG II without bringing up the PlayStation Move Sharpshooter. All Interactive’s gun peripheral shares much in common with Sony’s own controller. Comparatively, both peripherals are roughly the same size, though unfortunately the MAG II does not feature a collapsible stock. This forces players to hold the gun in a certain way, whereas the Sharpshooter offers more versatility. However, the MAG II is quite lightweight, making it easy to play standing up.

Unlike the Move/Sharpshooter combo, the MAG II does not require a sensor bar or camera to work. All players must do is point the controller at the center of the screen and hold down the “mark” button. Doing so will automatically calibrate the controller. If the player notices any inconsistencies, the mark button can be pressed at any time to re-calibrate. Strangely enough, even without the need for a sensor bar, it still appears that a minimum distance between the player and the screen is required. Playing Black Ops 2 in my small gaming room proved to be problematic, yet the extra space of my loft allowed the gun to function flawlessly.

MAG 2 Move Comparison

The MAG II is built to work with any PS3/PC shooter. We tested it out using Resistance 3 and House of the Dead 3 on PS3, whereas PC testing was done with Tripwaire Interactive’s Killing Floor. It was clear from this that the gun works best when played standing up, as it gives the player more freedom to turn. Movement on the horizontal axis can prove quite difficult on the PS3, forcing players to up the camera sensitivity. Such an issue would have been alleviated if there was a button allowing the player to quickly turn 90 or 180 degrees. The controller worked just as well as the Move in both games (Resistance 3 and House of the Dead 3 both support Move), offering the same level of precision as Sony’s controller.

No matter what platform the player is using the MAG II for, users will want ensure that they have a USB port free. The MAG II requires a small cube to be plugged in to function, and this cube can also be used to update the controller’s software. A dial on the MAG II allows for different settings, even giving less experienced player some help with automatic aiming. The software (and presumably these features) will be improved with future updates.

All Interactive Entertainment markets the MAG II as being able to work with any PS3/PC (first person) shooter, and that’s quite true. As we already mentioned, there can be problems using it on the PS3, however for PC shooters the game works just fine. The MAG II is best used for rail shooters like House of the Dead on PS3, as the aforementioned dial enables players to map left stick functionality to the MAG II’s gyroscopes. This allows it to function like a light gun peripheral. When playing House of the Dead 3, the MAG II offered the same precision as the Move Sharpshooter. In terms of calibration, the controllers mark button allowed for quick re-calibrated without having to pause the game.

MAG II ReviewWith a suggested MSRP of $149.99, the MAG II would be a tough sell if it were PS3 only, seeing as the Move can be bought for quite cheaper and doesn’t require any camera tweaks. Thankfully for those interested, the controller works just fine on PC. When testing out the MAG II in Killing Floor, I found it to be just as precise as a mouse keyboard, while quick jolts of the controller allowed me to quickly spin the camera. In fact, the MAG II has now become my primary controller for Killing Floor, as it’s just that much more fun to use.

In the end, the MAG II should only be looked into for those who absolutely love motion controls. Once players fiddle around with the settings, the controller will work fine on the PS3 and even better on the PC. The controller offers enough precision that gamers won’t feel like they’re fighting the controller, though it’s likely the MAG II won’t offer enough to sway gamepad and keyboard/mouse purists.

The MAG II is available now.

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TAGS: All Interactive Entertainment

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  1. Cool.

  2. Cool, but I don’t need to have motion controls for every shooter I play.

  3. Hey on the bottom picture by the trigger are those buttons Xbox buttons? They look like Y,B,X,A.

    • It’s an ironic color choice – they look like Xbox, but it operates on the other two consoles.

  4. Could you please state what you consider the minimum distance that you can use this with on the PS3? I’ve been looking forward to this as I’m an old fashioned shooter guy, used to keyboard/mouse and have never been able to use a controller for FPS. Problem is is that the biggest distance I can get from the tv is about 7-8 feet. Thanks in advance

    • 7-8 feet should be enough space. If you’re using this on PS3, just remember to turn game’s sensitivity up.

  5. does it work on the game called mag for ps3

  6. Hi, I have just been suckered into buying one of these, thought how good it could be using a gun to aim rather than the mouse keyboard scenario…..

    WELL DOnt buy this. I can only comment on using it on the PC, but trying to use the gun to move the mouse around the screen with no game underneath, it cant . Set the PC speed of mouse to fat and then slower and going through every Dial setting on the gun, point it at the middle of the screen then slowly go to one side and the other, your gun is facing the middle of the screen and the mouse pointer is some way off. it needs recalabrating every 10 seconds for it to have a chance of it working. I tried to have one game and its in the bin. Send me an email the first person can have it, thats how rubbish it is !!!! tried it with B4, not worth the time….

    nice idea, but it doesnt work here !!! if anyone can tell me thy got it working well enough to play send me those settings, Instructions just say use dial setting B – E or R….

    DONT BUY THIS, email me and have it for nothing…..

    Alan

    • What’s your email? :P

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