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Review: Mad Catz Dream Blaster

December 10, 1999
Web posted at: 9:35 a.m. EST (1435 GMT)

by Danny W. Lam

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(IDG) -- Mad Catz's Dream Blaster light gun for the Dreamcast is small, lightweight, accurate, and works the way it should. But we also found a couple of annoyances that kept us from making it our weapon of choice.

Resembling a phaser from an old Star Trek movie, the Dream Blaster has the usual trigger, along with B-buttons on both sides, a Start button, a mode button to set the auto-fire/reload modes, and a four-way hat switch. There's also a single expansion slot for a VMU or a vibration pack.

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Calibrating the Dream Blaster in House of the Dead 2 was simple enough, and we achieved good results. Shots were accurate, but what really stood out during gameplay was the absence of delay while reloading in auto-fire/reload mode.

Interact's Dreamcast gun, the StarFire Light Blaster, had an annoying delay while it reloaded. For a split second, you weren't able to fire. Not so with the Dream Blaster. It was definitely a smoother overall gameplay experience.

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However, the placement of that hat switch was a thorn in our side. Initially, we ignored it because we gripped the DB tightly. But as the game progressed and our tiring hands needed to rest a bit, our grip slid and the hat switch burrowed into the curve between the thumb and the first finger. Also, the B-buttons were tough to reach.

The Dream Blaster is a good light gun and does what it should. If the ergonomic issues don't bother you and your hands are big enough so that it's not a hassle, then have a look at it. We wouldn't recommend playing HOTD2 without one.

What We Like: Accuracy; performance in auto fire/reload mode

What Needs Work: Hat switch and B-button placement.

What it's got:

  • Auto-fire/reload
  • Hat switch
  • VMU/Vibration pack slot

Manufacturer: Mad Catz

Street: $ 30.00


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