The good folks over at A4Tech sent us a gaming mouse to review and as my mouse was just about dead due to an overabundance of clicking, I was more than happy to take this one for the team. When the Multi-Core Gaming Mouse Gun3 V7 (a very long name indeed) arrived, I was a bit surprised by what was in the box. First, it’s a pretty intense mouse with seven different buttons, two of which are right where I usually rest my thumb, which took some getting used to. Second, this mouse is designed primarily for FPS gamers, whereas I primarily use my PC for RPGs and adventure games, so a good portion of this mouse’s options, were things I would normally not capitalize on. Of course I do own a few First Person Shooters, and so I used those to help test out the mouse. For those that are wondering, the games I tested the Multi-Core Gaming Mouse Gun3 V7 with are: Realms of the Haunting, Doom 3, Unreal Tournament III, Quake II, and Quake IV . Hey, like I said, I’m not a big FPS gamer.
My first dislike of the mouse is that it’s a wired one. I strongly prefer wireless mice, and not just because I have two house rabbits that will probably eat the core of any expensive gaming mouse I have with one. However the cord for the Multi-Core Gaming Mouse Gun3 V7 is extremely long, and feels like bungee cord rather than a normal mouse cord. The extreme length is nice I guess, but I don’t know why someone would need a six foot long mouse cord. It just seems like something someone would trip over or, in my case, serve as an even more tempting appetizer for my pets.
I was surprised to see the software for the mouse came on a mini-disc. I thought those went out in 2004 or so. The CD has Bloody2 Software, a user manual and “Mouse Shoot Speed Test Software.” Bloody2 is the branding A4Tech puts the Multi-Core Gaming Mouse Gun3 V7 under and it is this software that allows the mouse all of its options, including three different firing styles (called “cores”) for maximum FPS destruction. The Bloody2 software needs to be installed to let you have access to all three cores and the third core, must be purchased for an addition price above and beyond the normal cost of the mouse (MSRP $39.99). Considering the cost of the mouse coupled with my usual lack of interest in FPS, the “DLC” charge for a mouse mode seems a bit shady to me. Still, the sheer amount of options it offers will probably be enticing enough to get hardcore fans of the genre to hunker down and buy Core3. Be aware that switching between Cores requires some loading times as the computer will have to change drivers, which can be an annoyance. You also HAVE to have the mini-disc in in order to make any setup changes, even after installation, which is a massive pain.
The Mouse Shoot Speed Test Software” is just weird because when you click on it, you get a version on WinRAR that is in Chinese. Luckily I know enough Mandarin to get by. If that isn’t odd enough, no matter how many times I hit the “Extract” option, the entire thing crashes. So there’s no way to actually use the software. God knows I have a top of the line computer, so the fault is with the disc or the software itself. Kind of sad, when you think about it.
So let’s talk about the three Cores now. Core1 has the mouse work like your normal every day one. This is the mode you would have for home or office use, along with most non FPS video games. You have your normal left and right mouse button and the scroll wheel. Then by your thumb there are two more buttons for “forward” and “back” on a web browser. Larger hands than mine will find the placement awkward, especially if they are used to a normal two button mouse. You’ll get used to it eventually, but I can’t think of a time where I would ever actually NEED these buttons. Core2 is where the three buttons behind the scrolling wheel come into play. Press 1 (default) for single button shots. Press N for your mouse to give two burst shots and 3 for three burst shots. Basically Core2 is rapid fire like the old NES advantage joystick and other such devices you’re probably familiar with.
Core3 is where things get interesting and, of course, is why A4Tech charges extra for it. You have the three rapid-fire options of Core2 . The big advantage comes from clicking the N button. Once this is on, your left mouse button will now act as a strafe feature while suppressing recoll and window juddering. You can even adjust the rate of fire from your weapon in-game. If this isn’t enough, the Bloody2 software will let you create macros for your mouse to let you do all sorts of crazy things at the click of a button. You can do some pretty impressive stuff with this mouse – as long as you’re playing First Person Shooters. Otherwise, you’re just paying for an expensive mouse with features you will never use.
A couple of other tidbits. The mouse comes with “precision tracking combat mouse feet,” which are just little Teflon pieces you put on the four corners of your mouse. I actually found these to be a massive hindrance as it slows your mouse down quite noticeable and makes it very hard to use for normal home or office use. As well, Cthulhu forbid you accidentally turn on Core2 or Core3 outside of a FPS as it the “one click = two or three clicks” will drive you nuts while you’re trying to pay say, a RPG or work on an Excel file. Finally, the bloody hand on the mouse glows 24/7 so you’ll have to turn your computer off at night or unplug the damn thing unless you want a night light.
Overall, I don’t think I can recommend the Multi-Core Gaming Mouse Gun3 V7. It’s quite expensive for what it is, and only a percentage of gamers will even be able to get any true use out of this thing in the way it was intended, and even then you have to pay a surcharge for that option. I find the mouse to have more negatives than positives and really, it didn’t do all that much for me in the FPS titles I own, save for Core3, which was cute to try out, but I don’t think it would be worth forty dollars and a onetime surcharge. Core2 was fine, especially in boss fights, but overall, I just didn’t find the Multi-Core Gaming Mouse Gun3 V7 all that impressive. Even the promoted “6X Shooting Speed” where the mouse responds in only three milliseconds per click compared to 18 millisecond for the average mouse didn’t seem to have any true noticeable effect on any of the games I tested this with. In other words, unless you eat, sleep and breath First Person Shooters and you’re looking for an extra way to get ahead in multiplayer modes that may or may not be considered by cheating by those you play against, there’s no reason to pick this one up. Sorry.