When we were first contacted to review this controller we were a bit hesitant due to the amount of modded controllers flooding the market and ruining online games everywhere due to people using rapid fire on single shot weapons, I was however wrong, this is not a rapid fire controller, it’s something completely different, unique and more than everything else it corrects the mistakes made by Microsoft.

The Scuf controller has made some minor changes to the Xbox control pad and improved it in a dramatic way, first of all did you know that you have to press the triggers down approx. 40% before they react? Not any more with the Scuf pad!  Do you find it an issue pressing A or B while controlling the right thumb stick? You won’t have that issue any more either.

The controller has introduced 2 paddles to the back of the control pad with are made from polycarbonate, which is the strongest plastic known to man, which are screwed and bonded into the chassis on the controller to make sure they can take as much punishment as possible.  These paddles are hard wired into the A and B buttons make use of your unused middle fingers that rest on the rear of the pad.  Some games may require you to change your button config to get the full use out of the paddles, for example in MW2 you may want to change the buttons to jump and crouch so you can do the drop-shot method that many people now use in game.  In Halo you want to change the config to jump and melee to give you the edge in a melee situation.

Basically the paddles will become your new best friends in online gaming as long as they are used correctly, I found them immensely useful in Gears of War using them as the run and melee buttons and I found that in close fights I can get away quickly or stand and batter my enemy with a shotgun melee followed by a shotgun kiss to decorate the walls in my opponents blood.

Another feature of the pad is the extended right thumb stick that has been raised by 3mm and now features a domed tip similar to that of the PS3.  “When it comes to sticks we are convinced that Microsoft and Sony were 50% right each. Microsoft was correct for left stick and Sony for the right.” Quoted Simon, the control pad designer and inventor, in theory it may sound illogical but in practice it worked perfectly.  I am a very heavy handed gamer and I always find myself clenching the right stick and intense moment of gameplay but that has decreased with this stick, whether its because of the extension or the shape I still do not know but one things for sure, its improved my gaming.

The other main amendment is the trigger settings, the triggers will now react to any touch and will respond instantly thus increasing your timing and accuracy of your shots, it improves sniping in a massive way but you will need to reprogram your brain in order to pull off those crack shots.

The triggers also require configuring for the games your playing via a handy allen key that slides into holes next the triggers.  The pad comes set up for Halo and CoD but if you want to play Battlefield or Medal of Honor you will need to loosen the triggers by turning the key 50% down otherwise you won’t be able to aim or stop shooting in the mentioned games, this can be an annoyance if you play multiple games.

The control pad is also available in a wired edition and the paddles can be customised for an extra fee.  Scuf have notified us to let us know that they will NEVER create a turbo pad of any way, shape or form.  They simply have the idea of improving on what we already have to make everyone’s gaming experience a better one.

The pad itself arrived in a foam case which protects the control pad and while I have been travelling I have had many comments on the case itself, many good comments, and such a great addition to the controller at no extra cost.

Overall the controller is an outstanding mod of what we already have and does improve your gaming if its used properly, the creator himself offers a service to help you get accustomed to how the controller works and will show you how to pull off some amazing set pieces in games such as Halo and MW2.  The price may seem a little heavyweight but in comparison to what you get you can’t help but feel you are getting one over on the designer, you get a brand new controller, the modding completed, a transport case and an allen key, not to mention the training you get afterwards!

If you want to improve your gaming and try to level the playing field then this controller is for you, the pad is designed for winners that don’t want to revert to the cheap tactics of turbo pads.  Be warned if you’re a casual gamer, this really isn’t for you and will more than likely ruin your gaming experience than improve it.

For more info and to buy visit http://scufprocontrollers.com/