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Written by Jonathan Jessup - Editied by: Olin Coles   
Friday, 03 August 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad
Design and appearance
Hands On
Application and Programming
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Rumble Force Gamepad

The game controller in your hand can make all the difference, sometimes between liking a game, and loving it, or just for getting the game to do what you intend. Is the controller designed well? Does it slip in your hands? Is it built well? Does it allow customizing of its buttons? Some controllers offer features others don't. Scheduled to be released in September 2007, just in time for the holidays, the Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3 in 1 Controllers represent their latest with six axis of movement. Today I'm reviewing the 'Rumble Force' version. It offers vibration feedback in addition to full PS2/PS3 and PC compatibility, button/mini-stick/d-pad reprogramming, new-generation mini-sticks, and all in a controller that is comfortable to hold and use.

Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad for PC / PS2 / PS3

Introducing the Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad for PC, PS2 and PS3. Thrustmaster is the Guillemot Corporation's PC and console gaming accessories brand name.

Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad Review for PC / PS2 / PS3 Performance Review

The controller comes with a mini driver CD and an instruction manual that covers seven languages.

Noted Features

1) Vibration feedback on PS2 and PC.

2) Two progressive triggers with long range travel bumps it up to a 6 axis controller

3) "Home" button has specific feature for each platform supported: for PS3 allow access to menus and to power off the console; PS2 it allows you to switch between analog and digital modes; on PC the home button allows you to switch from standard 4 axis to 6 axis mode

4) Fully programmable: All buttons, mini-sticks and the D-Pad can be switched between themselves and also programmed onto the triggers

5) "Preset" button allows you to instantly switch from default programming to your custom preset controls while in game

6) Internal memory: saves all of your programming, even when the gamepad is switched off (one reprogrammed mode per platform: PC/PS2/PS3)

7) Optimized handling: ribbed grip and rubber mini-sticks

Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad for PC, PS2 and PS3

Reviewer notes: With regards to the internal memory, I could get it to turn on & off Preset Mode but not store more than one custom preset for a single gaming platform. So it seems that you can have one custom preset configured for your PS2 and another set for your PC and another for your PS3, but you can't have more than one custom preset for your PS2 for example. Each preset configuration can have many or all buttons, mini-sticks, d-pad reconfigured.

Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad for PC / PS2 / PS3

Additional features noted by reviewer

The controller has ten buttons for gaming, a d-pad, two mini-sticks, and two triggers. It also has three more custom buttons for configuring and changing the controller's function. The game buttons are pressure sensitive (except for 'start' and 'select') for games that use that feature. This is also called 'progressive buttons.' The d-pad has a center rocker (more on this later). The rumble force version (the one I tested) has vibration feedback from two internal motors for PS2 and PC games. Thrustmaster stresses that the controller's new-generation mini-sticks offer optimum resistance and allow enhanced game play. The cord is 82 inches or 208 centimeters long or about a foot shorter than my PS2 controller's.



 

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# RE: Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force GamepadJohnny Kelley 2010-05-21 14:23
This review was very helpful to me. I have Cerebral Palsy which greatly effects the dexterity and movement of my hands. It is frustrating when great games fail to include custom button mapping. I have been looking for a solid, well-built, corded PS3 controller that will allow me to map buttons as I choose. I'm hopeful that this is the controller.

Thanks again,
Johnny
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# problem....PLease Help meMárcio Lopes 2011-02-04 08:52
Hi ppl, my gamepad is pushing button nº2 automaticly, and i cant reset that, i dont know what else to do, the buttons isnt stuck, but is configured like that and i cant fix it.... Please help me, thanks!!
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# Button problemPeter 2011-10-11 06:21
My gamepad is pushing button No4 too have you find the answer???if you had please notify me...
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# RE: Button problemIonut 2011-10-23 03:26
I have the same problem. Did you find any fix?
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# problemLilly 2011-10-20 08:22
Hi everyone, I have no clue if I am writing to the right place, but since Thrustmaster has no forum on their own...
I recently bought Thrustmaster Drual Trigger 3 in 1 rumble forces.
I played twice with it and since today, it does not seem to work anymore.
The green lamp on the mode button does not light up anymore and of course neither my computer nor my laptop recognize the controller. So...am I right to think that it is completely broken or is it something that I can do to fix it?
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# RE: problemOlin Coles 2011-10-20 08:50
Does it take batteries? If it's USB, it sounds defective and you should contact the merchant you purchased it from.
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# problemLilly 2011-10-21 00:40
It is USB. Unfortunately it is defective, yes. Thank you for the quick response!
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# ProblemFrancisco Silvrio 2012-03-23 11:43
I acedently made a custom preset, but i dont have the manual, so it is stuck in that preset and dose not work well in any platfor. dose any of you know how to reset to the factory settings??

Thanks in advance
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