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A good gaming controller that's better-suited to Xbox 360 players than PS3 users

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Is Mad Catz's MLG Pro-Circuit controller the professional kit it promises to be? Well, it meets MLG tournament requirements, and it's definitely a solid-feeling gamepad. Its Xbox-style design feels familiar and comfortable, and its modular sticks and pads allow for a unique level of customization. For a premium price of $100, however, we feel like the rig's directional pads could be stronger, and the PS3 edition's loss of Sixaxis control and pressure-sensitive L1 and R1 buttons is perplexing. Although the exclusion of force feedback can be painted as reasonable, it doesn't feel so in practice -- our hands were unshaken, and that seemed, well, wrong.

On the other hand, the unit feels solidly built, betrayed only by the gamepad's extra-clicky shoulder buttons. The PlayStation 3 edition's exclusive trigger-swap trick is a boon as well, and could be enough to warrant the sticker price for some of the PS3's pickier players. In the end, the MLG Pro-Circuit is a pretty satisfying gamepad, though it may be a better purchase for gamers playing on an Xbox 360 than for the average PS3 owner. Yes, it fulfills all of those niggling MLG tournament requirements, but the feature loss between the two versions is much greater for the PlayStation 3 user. It comes down to a personal decision; will the loss of Sixaxis, a feature you probably don't use that much anyhow, nag at your lighter wallet -- or will you bask in your PS3's new, more-than-adequate Xbox 360 controller substitute? What's $100 worth to you? Take a break, think about it over a few rounds of Killzone and get back to us.

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7.9
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9.0
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    8.0
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8.0
Engadget Jan 29, 2012

It comes down to a personal decision; will the loss of Sixaxis, a feature you probably don't use that much anyhow, nag at your lighter wallet -- or will you bask in your PS3's new more than adequate Xbox 360 controller substitute? What's $100 worth to you?

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8.0
PC Mag Jan 30, 2012

The Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Controller might be an expensive gamepad, but it's also the best third-party gamepad you can buy thanks to its solid design and multiple configuration options.

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8.0
PC World Apr 27, 2012

This high-end Xbox 360 controller feels great and includes plenty of hardcore gamer-friendly features, but you'll pay a premium price for it.

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8.0
IGN Jan 31, 2012

All-in-all, Mad Catz has knocked it out of the park with the MLG Pro Circuit Controller; the design is creative, it feels great and performance is top-notch. If it were $20 or $30 cheaper, it'd be damn close to being the perfect controller, but as it stands the price is just too hard to justify.

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7.0
Gadget Review Feb 6, 2012

The MLG Pro Circuit Controller is a very solid gamepad, one with an exceptional switch system for analog sticks and d-Pads. I think that the Pro Circuit can be better over time, as more faceplate, palm rests, joysticks and d-Pads become available, though right now it’s still a great controller.

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9.0
kenjifukyu kenjifukyu

Love everything about it. Almost perfect, except for the fact it doesn't have rumble. shoulder buttons are stiff and click a loudly.

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