A week ago I decided to break down and buy a light gun for my XBox. Since the release of Silent Scope Complete (SSC) and light gun support for emus, it seemed like a good idea. So I went down to my local Game Stop and found a MadCatz Blaster for $35 (US). I wanted to buy two, but they only had one. So I brought it to the counter, and the guy behind the desk starts talking me into the Pelican Silent Scope Light Rifle $50 (US). Now, I'm all for gizmos and gadgets, so I went for it. I walk outta the place saying to myself, "Wow. What a concept! A rifle/shotgun combo that is able to sense if you are looking through the scope. And it's got kickback. Sweet!" To make a long stupid long story shorter, today I returned it and got the blaster. To save my fellow modders the same trouble, I've documented my findings.
And just to keep things straight, my TV is a 32" Toshiba something-or-other. (It's one of the few non-flat screen TVs that actually has component video ins.) When testing, I was straight and level in front of the tv, between ~ 5 and ~ 10 ft away.--- Pelican Silent Scope Light Rifle ---
-- Gun has some weight to it, making it feel more "real" then a cheap plastic one.
-- Shotgun-style reload was a dream come true, although it would have been nice if it was more responsive
-- Stock adds a lot of support for those long light gun marathons.
-- Scope and barrel are pointless, adding no extra functionality.
-- Built-in functions are also pointless. While they are operational, the rapid/auto fire/reload, are no where near rapid, and the "linear kickback" is no more than a pathetic murmur.
-- Scope sensor seemed totally inoperable. The gun never was able to realize that I was looking through the scope, no matter what the sensitivity setting.
-- Connectivity to the XBox was spotty. Occasionally a game would ask for the gun to be reconnected, when it already was, thus preventing playing. (Dis- and re-connecting didn't alleviate the problem.)
-- $50 is way too much--- MadCatz Blaster ---
-- Generally the more acurate of the two guns, also required less of a brightness hike for SSC
-- Built-in fuctions are very worth while. Auto reload and auto fire work beautifully, however burst and shotgun settings seem pointless.
-- Eventhough it just rumbles, it's still more of a force than on the rifle.
-- Cheapest price online: $15.
-- Gun is light and plastic-y. It feels like a toy.
-- Reload button is in an awkward place (inside of the handle). Takes a bit of getting used to, and may frustrate those who don't want to take the time to adjust, however it could be a pro for SSC.
-- Built-in sight is on a curved part of the gun making it a little more awkward to calibrate.
-- And possibly related to the above, the crosshairs wander a little more at the edges of the screen.--- Note ---
I've read conflicting stories about emu compatibility, but from what I could tell, both guns worked perfectly with XPort's FCE emu...--- Conclusions ---
The extra perks that the Pelican Silent Scope Light Rifle promised were a disapointment, at times adding more frustration to gameplay. Since SSC works just as well if not better with the blaster, my light gun of choice is the MadCatz Blaster. I have yet to try the many many more that are offered online, but I'm not going to waste the time or money since I've already got something that I like.
Edit 2/26 - There's a problem with the rifle conflicting with the voltage on older boxes. Pelican will send you a cable to fix the problem: http://pelicanperformance.com/silent_scope/update.html
I have one of those boxes, and I didn't have the cable. But, it's still not enough for me to go back and get the gun. This post has been edited by TymeRogue: Feb 27 2004, 04:01 AM