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FPS Freek CQC Signature Edition [Kontrol Freek] Review

Posted on August 15, 2012 AT 08:38pm

As a gamer, I typically do not use many accessories. I have headphones, of course, and I have been using the same third-party wired controller for about three years now. Other than replacing my headphones about once a year, I don’t usually change up my accessories.

I also have injuries to both of my hands that were sustained about two years apart when I was a kid, and as such I am susceptible to cramping. I can only play my beloved Call of Duty for so long until my hands start to ache. I’ve been searching for a solution to the aches and pains for awhile. It was not long ago that I heard about Kontrol Freeks. I had been wanting to try out these gameplay enhancers out for quite some time, and now, I have had the opportunity to do so.

The FPS Freek CQC (Close Quarters Combat) Signature Edition are 1/4 inch in height, much shorter than other versions of Kontrol Freeks. Each CQC has a green-colored rubber grip with a laser-etched Kontrol Freek logo. These are much nicer on the thumbs than the control sticks. Kontrol Freeks have quite an easy set up, as they go right over the thumbsticks that are already on the controller. They will fit on a regular Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 controller, and will fit on most third party controllers.

There is an adjustment period when you apply the Kontrol Freeks to your controller. While I play Modern Warfare 3 on a sensitivity of 9, I had to reduce the sensitivity within the game until I adjusted to the added sensitivity of this product. Grip on the thumbsticks is much improved once the CQCs are installed. On top of that, a level of comfort is also achieved over just using the thumbsticks on their own.

I tried three different configurations – both CQCs on, a CQC on just the left thumbstick and a CQC on just the right thumbstick. I have seen instances where gamers have had a CQC on one thumbstick and another type of FPS Freek on the other. I was not able to test this configuration out. I believe that the configuration setup that works the best is to have both CQCs on at the same time. Now, this may differ for another gamer, but for myself, this setup worked out very well.

In just the past week of gameplay, I have noticed a significant change in my Kill/Death ratio and my accuracy when I play MW3. I’m pulling off kills that I had trouble landing before. I have noticed much more sensitivity when I go to spin my character when following an enemy. I also noticed a change when I snipe. I’m typically not very good when it comes to that little thing called a “quick scope”, but I have been more successful at them now with the CQCs on my controller.

I highly suggest the FPS Freek CQCs for any gamer looking to better their overall shooter experience. The FPS Freek CQC Signature Edition will be available on the Kontrol Freek website starting August 21st.

  • THE GOOD: Perfect for those gamers with small hands.
  • THE BAD: Not using these sooner.
  • THE UGLY: Getting used to the added sensitivity.


Amanda "Mandie" Marron is a US Navy Veteran, Gamer, Reader, Poet, Xbox Community Ambassador, Battlestar Galactica Aficionado, Wine Connoisseur, and all around geek. Follow me on Twitter: @Caprickah

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