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Battle Beaver Custom Controller Review

A video game controller is the most important tool in a serious gamers collection. It is the portal into other worlds that allows players to traverse fantastical realms and share the experiences with friends. That’s why it’s essential for everyone that loves video games to have the right tool for the job and the custom controller company, Battle Beaver, is committed to providing exactly what people want on their device. We recently purchased a new PS4 controller through their website and decided to see how this small business holds up against some of the bigger competition.

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Battle Beavers mission statement is “Here at Battle Beaver Customs, we focus on improving our customer's gaming experience through custom gaming controllers, DIY parts, and instructional videos.” To stay in-line with this goal, they offer a variety of upgrades for gamers to experience their video games in new and interesting ways including; Tension upgrades, custom logos on home buttons, smart triggers, rear buttons, custom thumbsticks, and an assortment of colors.

The only upgrade we found necessary was rear buttons mapped to X and O to help give us an edge in shooting games. We wouldn’t ever have to remove our thumb from the right joystick while jumping or crouching again. What stood out about Battle Beaver, which also helps set them apart from other big name custom controllers, is that their rear triggers are not paddles, but instead a round button as you’d see on the front of the controller. This is an amazing difference for players that hold the controller with a tight grip and struggle with the sensitivity of the standard rear paddle.

Battle Beaver is definitely a small business and every email customers receive after ordering their controller makes sure they’re aware that a lot of work goes into manufacturing these devices. The company also lets you know that every purchase is greatly appreciated and all of their work is done painstakingly by hand. Unfortunately, quality takes time. The order was placed on August 8th and didn’t arrive until September 10th. While this may seem like a long time for a controller that cost around $110.00, the craftsmanship that goes into the controller is clear.

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The only issue we had with the Battle Beaver controller is that the right stick began to stick after a couple days of playing, but the issue seemingly resolved itself after a little more time. While this could have become a much greater problem on an expensive new piece of technology, the company will gladly fix the controller if you email them about the issue and explain exactly what happened.

We love our Battle Beaver custom controller and will definitely utilize them if we need any other devices. Our favorite part about this small business is their dedication to providing a quality product and their understanding that these tools are important to the people using them. For more information on Battle Beaver or to order your own custom controller visit their website and see if they’re the right fit for you!

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Modded Controller Review: Are Evil Controllers Worth The Money?

There’s an incredible world waiting for console gamers looking for more control over their video game experience.  Evil Controllers is a company that manufactures modded controllers for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and they offer a wide variety of options. Recently, Gigamax Games discovered the magic that is a modded controller. Adding paddles or buttons on the back of a controller can have a massive impact on how games are played. 

Evil Controllers - PlayStation 4 Modded Controller Review

I was curious to see what all the fuss was about when it comes to these additional paddles on the back of a controller. I already had a cheap controller with extra buttons for my Xbox One and it was pretty cool but Evil Controllers looked like they were offering a substantial product. With an entire spread of mods to choose from, their services were much more in-depth than the knock-off pro-Xbox One controller I was already using.

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Looking through Evil Controllers customization menu, it quickly became clear that this was going to be an investment that would improve the overall console gaming experience. The controller pictured above includes a custom faceplate, reprogrammable back paddles without sensitive buttons, standard grip, no “Master Mod”, OEM thumbsticks, custom colors and D-Pad and X, O, △, and ☐ buttons.

The paddles on the back of the controller aren’t exactly paddles but aren’t buttons either. Evil Controllers blends the two technologies making a larger, raised paddle-shaped button. This gives the gamer a large area to press, and they're also covered in rubber to improve grip. However, these larger, protruding button/paddles are extremely noticeable when picking up the controller for the first time. It had me worried about clicking extra buttons by accident but that concern ended up not being a huge issue. For reference, the back paddles take around as much force as pressing the X button.

Modded Controllers: Creating Comfortable Gameplay

Besides giving gamers an edge, modded controllers like the ones from Evil Controllers create a more comfortable gaming experience. Some MMO’s require gamers to use a “claw grip”, contorting their hands in order to reach all the buttons they need. Having extra paddles allows the gamer to hotkey their desired commands, all while using a standard grip. Not having to stretch to run through an entire rotation drastically improves gameplay. Also, there are obvious benefits for first-person shooters. Hotkeying lean right and lean left, switch weapons, and crouch in Rainbow Six Siege is nothing short of spectacular. Once the added controls become second-nature, it can have a monumental impact on performance.

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There were plenty of other modifications to choose from, however, since it was the first time using this kind of controller on my main console, I didn’t want to over customize a controller to the point of it not being functional. Some of the other mods include custom thumbstick sizes, also known as “EVIL STICKS”. EVIL STICKS are designed to increase aim by reducing over correction and come in three sizes, 11mm, 15mm, and 18mm. Evil Controllers also offers a specialized Fortnite controller, designed to make building easier and includes weapon hotkeys.

Know What You're Buying

The Gigamax Games controller doesn't include “Master Mod”. This mod would make the controller not legal to use in tournaments because it enhances the controllers' software to improve gameplay. The Master Mod includes mods like Adjustable Rapid Fire, Drop Shot, Tactical Rapid Fire, Auto-Aim, Auto-Run, Fast Reload, Auto-Scope, Auto-Spot, and a bunch of other mods compatible with games like CoD, PUBG, GTA and many others. I chose not to add on the Master Mod because it sounded too much like cheating. 

My brand new Evil Controller ended up being a dream come true. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t want to be accidentally clicking buttons in the middle of a game. Also, I’m not the most coordinated person in the world so the fear of not becoming comfortable with using four extra fingers while gaming was a serious concern. I quickly discovered that not only did these extra, reprogrammable paddles improve my Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege performance, playing MMOs like Neverwinter and Elder Scrolls Online became much more comfortable. 

A Few Hours Is All It Takes

After a few hours of gaming, I already created my programmable paddle layouts to fit the way I game. Quickly I realized that my hands were actually conforming to the new controller layout as well. It only took a few games of Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege before having extra paddles felt natural and turned into second nature. The programmable option allowed me to essentially turn some additional paddles off to avoid any accidental clicks as well. The ability to reprogram the R2 and L2 paddles is something I haven't found a use for yet, but excited to give that a try if a game calls for it.

Accidental clicks can happen, usually when putting the controller down. The placement of the paddles along with the way they’re shaped and raised causes whatever you're resting the controller on to press the paddle down. This was only an issue when watching Netflix. When I would move the controller to grab a drink or get comfortable, I noticed I kept pressing down the back paddles. To avoid this slight annoyance, I used the reprogrammable feature to clear all the back paddles so they weren't hotkeyed to a button. 

The Cold Hard Facts

Evil Controllers aren’t cheap. No high-end modded controller is going to be inexpensive but the controller showcased in this article came in at $219.74. It is a bit pricey, but the controller feels like a high-end piece of technology. The paddles feel sturdy and the faceplate, custom decal, and custom D-Pad and X, O, △, and ☐ buttons just look great.

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The order for the Evil Controller was placed on August 19th and the controller showed up at my door on August 31st. Not only was the delivery time great, creating the controller was actually a great time, too. Evil Controller uses a comprehensive customization menu that makes the process easy and exciting. When it arrived, opening up that box and holding the same exact controller you created on their website was extremely satisfying. One concern I had was that “Gigamax” overlapped over the D-pad in the customization menu but it ended up coming out perfect.

Evil Controllers and Gigamax Games

Gigamax Games is an affiliate of Evil Controllers so every sale made through this link, Gigamax Games gets a commission. The Gigamax Games crew wanted to make sure that this company was selling quality merchandise before recommending their products to the Gigamax Games audience. After a long weekend with the PS4 Evil Controller, the controller lived up to expectations.

Be sure to stick around for another modded controller review from a different manufacturer. Gigs purchased an entirely different take on a modded controller so gamers will have an idea of the different options that are out there.

Review by: Mack from GigamaxGames.com

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