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ACT Labs Gun System review
Posted by Julio Franco on December 22, 1999 - Page 2/3
Company: ACT Labs     Product: Gun System

Installation 

So, I got all the stuff out of the fancy box, as Iím used to see from ACT Labs, these guys even take care of the way everything is packaged, I found two guns, the base unit, the handheld and a few other cables and the power supply.

   

Along with the hardware, the GS came with a nice installation manual, which will guide you through all the installation process; anyway we arenít talking of a complicated thing here.

First I had to connect the VGA adaptor to a VGA pass-through box that came with the GS, and then connect the extension of the box to my video card. Then itís all about connecting the power adaptor and the guns or the handheld to the base and you are done.

The drivers that came in the CD were a bit dated but ACT had already informed me that new drivers had been released (I used version 1.02 for testing). After the drivers installation, the GS was recognized correctly in the Game Controllers menu and I was ready for calibration, this only took about a minute.

Of course, so you have got the hardware but what about game support?

The list of games that currently support the GS is kind of short, currently includes Top Shot (the game that comes bundled), Deer Hunter III and there are also available patches for a few first person shooters including Quake II and  Half-Life, actually the guys behind these patches arenít ACT Labs but the guys over at Glitterstream.net, I have no idea if they have some kind of deal with ACT but they have done a good work with the mods for both FPS games.

ACT Labs has got a page with word on the upcoming games that should support the GS including the following:

Die Hard Trilogy 2- FOX INTERACTIVE
Hired Team - NEW MEDIA GENERATION
Soldier of Fortune - ACTIVISION
Spec Ops 2 - RIPCORD / ZOMBIE
Tribes 2 - SIERRA
Cabela BGH 3 - ACTIVISION
Bleem! - BLEEM!  PSX Gun Games!
Ed Hunter - SYNTHETIC DIMENSIONS
Navy Seals - CODEMASTERS
Critical Mass - MIND BANK
Mortyr - MIRAGE MEDIA
SWAT 3 - SIERRA
Ricochet- SNIDE SOFTWARE
Codename Eagle - REFRACTION STUDIOS
Backcountry Mayhem - INTERACTDEV
Hidden and Dangerous 2- TAKE 2
Trophy Bear - SIERRA
Carnivores 3 Ice Age - ACTION FORMS
Private Wars - TS GROUP
FvF for Quake 3 - FREEFORM INTERACTIVE
Hidden and Dangerous - TAKE 2
Devils Bridge Add-on
Paintball Madness - TS GROUP
Game TBA - GEARBOX SOFTWARE
Game TBA - M2SOFT
Game TBA - SANITARIUM STUDIOS
Game TBA - ZERO GRAVITY ENTERTAINMENT
Game TBA - CREATIVE EXTREME INTL

You can check out the list on ACT Labs website here.


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