I main use this steering wheel while i am playing forza 3 and 4 and other similar racing games it has a good response time when you turn the steering wheel. although i only prefer to use this steering wheel every so often because i am used to racing using the standard controller, which is why i like the microcon which allows me to quickly set it up with it clamped to my knees which also allows me more flexibility in how i sit when playing racing games which is important because i tend to make mistakes when i start getting uncomfortable from being confined in the same space using a steering wheel which clamps onto your desk.
the force feedback in this steering wheel also offers the end user a good amount of feel for the in game car which can help when you are in first person view. this is because when you start straying over the line you feel the vibrations in your legs similar to how it would feel like in real life. this in my opinion adds an extra dimension of realism to the game environment. although i am disappointed that it does not seem to work with my computer, allow this is only a minor annoyance.
The Mad Catz MC2 steering wheel for the Xbox 360 has its advantages and disadvantages, like most items. I was sceptical when I saw the price (I paid £50 at the time but I believe it fluctuates in price depending on where you go) and did some research before buying it. I did find some more expensive steering wheels but at the time I couldn't quite afford them (too many other gadgets had caught my eye that month!). I was looking for something which wasn't going to break within a few weeks and could stand up to quite a lot of game play. This has withstood a good 6 months of playing so far.
Getting into the box was a bit of a task as it was very well packaged but I would rather that than it hardly being packaged at all. Good for long transits.
In size, it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I have used other steering wheels (for my PC) and they were bigger, quite a lot bigger in fact. This is a relatively small wheel but after seeing it, I didn't let the size disgruntle me. I got right in there and hooked it up ready to go. One good thing about the size is that you can easily reach the buttons with your thumb as the wheel doesn't have a large diameter.
Looking underneath I saw that it is shaped to be sat on your knee. However, I don't have the smallest or thinnest of legs and I found it very uncomfortable to do this. You would need to have quite thin thighs and would need to keep your legs close together at all times to be able to sit it on your lap. I didn't even try this for a long period of time because I knew that it just wasn't going to happen with my big legs. With my set up, my screen is on a desk and I have space in front of me so that was perfect for the steering wheel. I recommend this set up if you get a steering wheel because sitting it on your lap for long periods of time just wouldn't be comfortable. The wheel itself is covered in a rubber material which is great for gripping it as you are driving. Very comfortable to drive with.
The brake and acceleration pedals are what you expect, easy to press down, stay in place and are responsive.
How easy is it to hook up? Very easy. Connect the pedals to the wheel and then wheel to xbox. It doesn't get much simpler than that! All cables needed are supplied with the wheel. How easy is game play? If you are used to an xbox 360 controls then you will find it a piece of cake. The usual buttons are on the wheel and colour coded the same as the controller. Behind the wheel you will find two triggers which are used to change gears. This is easy enough when you get used to it.
Another advantage is that you can use this wheel with your headset so you can game on xbox live with friends and speak to them at the same time.
Playing games like Forza and F1 is great; the wheel is very responsive as are the pedals. There is no lag or anything annoying like that when using this wheel, which takes down good game play a lot when that has happened with other wheels.
So overall, although this is a small wheel and can't really be used easily on your lap, there are plenty other advantages to it. I believe you can get it on ebay for under £50 so it's worth having a look there if you are interested. I am happy to recommend this wheel for xbox 360 driving games and I think it is responsive and does the job.
I am an avid gamer, who spends a lot of time playing football games and shooting games. Very rarely do I lean over to the sport racing genre, but when I do I like to have myself a wheel to give me an advantage. I own a PS3 and a xbox 360, for the PS3 I have the Logitech G25 Racing Wheel, whereas for the Xbox, this is my first racing wheel. I only have one game for which I am able to use my racing wheel for on the Xbox, and the game is a good one, Forza 3.
After having used the Logitech Wheel for the Ps3, I had high expectations for this wheel. I believe after thorough testing and use by my experienced gamer hands, I was able to come up with some Advantages of the wheel. One, the wheel has a nice feel on my lap, it seems to fit perfectly with me. Another Advantage of this wheel, is its easy use. This wheel was incredibly easier to set up and begin using than the Logitech wheel. I was ready to start racing in a matter of 5 minutes within taking it out of the box, whereas for the Logitech it took me about half an hour to figure out how to set it up and being gaming with it.
There were many more disadvantages for the Mad Catz while, than advantages. One disadvantage would be the material it was made out of. IT seems as if the material used to make it was a plastic, but not some of the highest quality plastic I have used on gaming product. This plastic makes me skeptical to how long it will last, and I would much rather play a racing game with my Logitech wheel, than the Mad Catz wheel. Finally another disadvantage of the Mad Catz wheel is it's lack of controls. Compared to the Logitech wheel, the Mad Catz only has about 1/4th of the controls. It has no racing shifter, which I believe adds all of the fun into racing with a racing wheel.
The advantages of the Mad Catz wheel do not outweigh the disadvantages that it has. If I were to ever buy a racing wheel for a friend or myself, I would easily pick another wheel over this, and probably choose one closer to a Logitech. I would also probably put more time and research into the wheel, so that I will not make another bad decision!
Normally when I play on XBOX or on Playstation I find playing racing games very good with the controller and not with the steering wheels but with this device I really was shocked. I first wanted one of these when I used it at a friends house and remember thinking how much more fun it is when using a racing wheel instead of the conventional controllers.
Features and Installation:
Apparently when you buy a steering wheel for a console the pedals don't come with it but with this one it does so I think this is a great feature straight out of the box. All the buttons you would find on a controller you can find on the steering wheel so this isn't a problem, when I installed the wheel it didn't take that long (about 15 mins). It works with all racing games ive tried so it should work with all common racing types.
Great cost, Easy to set-up, Reliable and looks great.
Its a bit on the large side so you need room to use it, I use a desk so this would be a problem for me (if you can understand this problem).
Great Steering Controller, Easy To Use and definitely worth the money.