Novint Black Falcon and Pistol Grip Review


If you were like me as a kid all of those movies with virtual reality and immersive special effects were amazing. Well, it is many years late, and only now are we starting to see the kind of interaction with our computers that these Sci-Fi films were portraying in the past. The guys over a Novint have made a revolutionary leap forward in the gaming peripherals market with their latest product the Novint Falcon. This little device is by far one of the most sought-after devices that were shown at CES, now that we have our hands on one we are going to see if this whole publicity show is all hype or if this is the next generation in interactive gaming. Let’s check it out:

Provided by: Novint

Closer Look: (Black Falcon)

The packaging for the Novint Falcon is very nicely designed. It includes all the specs and features of the unit. A nice bonus is the addition of free mini games that come with the unit. There are also some great quotes from other websites and magazines that have used the Falcon and found it to be an amazing experience.

The Novint Falcon Controller is an incredibly durable design. The heavy metal base ensures a rigid feel to game play and ensures all of the forces are transferred directly to the user. The design of the Novint Falcon is very classy with sleek lines and bright LED’s which should not look mammoth and hideous on your desk.

Included with the falcon are the manuals, software, driver disks, power cable, and USB cable. Also included with the main package is the standard Novint ball grip.

Let’s check out the Pistol Grip:

Closer Look: (Pistol Grip)

The packaging for the Novint Falcon Pistol Grip is pretty simple and decently designed. One thing I found that was a point of interest is that this grip is not for sale or use in New York? I guess fake guns scare New Yorkers? It’s those real one that the thugs are sporting that are ok by regulation, yeah that makes sense, hurray for pointless policing.

 

The gun itself is a nice size great for most hand sizes. It is comfortable and sports all of the same buttons as the ball grip, er…orb grip er…something that doesn’t sound inappropriate.

 

 

See now from the picture below I can see exactly why New Yorkers aren’t allowed to sell or buy this grip. I can see it now some crazy hair punk running after a police officer shouting pew, pew, pew, those poor police unbeknownst to them it is just a toy. Hey you never know the big bright orange triangle might very well remind the victim on the receiving end of this scary gun, of a horrible memory of the past, of aliens that touched them inappropriately. What were the people at Novint thinking, think of the poor victims guys it should be illegal everywhere! Okay now back to reality for those of you that couldn’t fallow my ranting’s: New York Laws = Stupid!

 

And now for a quick break down of the games:

Closer Look: (The Games)

 
 Here is the big list of Current games and those that are coming soon:

 

All Available Games

 

 

You’ve never done puzzles like this before!

 

In this side-scrolling platformer, you will guide Butter Bean on his quest.

   
 

Can you our caveman hero push rocks, smash crates.

 

The setting may be microscopic, but the stakes are enormous in this one-of-a-kind gaming experience.

   
 

Who knew chickens could be so tricky?

 

Those darn chickens are at it again!

   
 

Ladies and gentlemen START YOUR ENGINES!

 

Lights, Camera, Action! Those pesky chickens are at it again

   
 

Not even the blistering cold will stop these chickens, so you have to endure it and drive on, shooting any chickens in sight!

 

Moorhuhn can’t resist an exciting adventure with the promise of treasure

   
 

Novint’s kickin’ it old school with Chicken Hunter: Retro.

 

In this side scroller, your mission is to find the Heart of Gold relic…

   
 

CRE8 is a 3D design and molding program that allows you to use your sense of touch

 

A team of US scientists makes a frightening discovery on an island in the South China Sea.

   
 

A classic arcade game, and the first color game ever released for the Macintosh.

 

Earth: 2060 – The dawn of a hellish new age, the marauding Strogg, Cyborg soldiers of the evil Makron, have left the world’s major cities as abanadoned smoking ruins.

   
 

You aren’t a soldier. You are a weapon.

 

F.E.A.R. Combat is the thrilling multiplayer version of F.E.A.R

   
 

Science has unlocked the gates to the unknown, and now only one man stands between Hell and Earth.

 

The gripping expansion pack for DOOM 3 takes you even further into the DOOM universe.

   
 

Tommy is a Cherokee garage mechanic, refuting his heritage and undecided about his next step in life.

 

Drain as many 3-point shots as you can in this timed basketball challenge.

   
 

You’ve never played the arcade classic like this before! Feel the weight.

 

You’ve never played cards like this before!

   
 

Get ready to tee off with the Novint Falcon! Actually feel the difference between a driver.

 

It’s going, going, gone! Blast as many pitches out of the park as possible.

   
 

Hone your and get in the zone with the Feelin’ It Sports Pack.

 

Use your sense of touch and the Novint Falcon to put a little English on the ball.

   
 

This is the most fun you can have without renting shoes! Grab a bowling ball and head to.

 

Currently the highest-rated pool game of all time for the PC.

   
 

The ultimate flying deathmatch, Force Fighter puts you in the cockpit of a jet-powered airship.

 

Winner of the IGF Grand Prize (Seamus McNally Award).

   
 

The best-selling sequel to Half-Life 2. You must purchase Half-Life 2: Episode One.

 

Haptics-Life 2 is our mod (modification) of Half-Life 2, one of the best-selling.

   
 

In this fast-paced racing challenge, you will use your sense of touch.

 

Described by PC Gamer UK as “Beautifully formed, with a great soundtrack.

   
 

It’s Mo the Mole versus the falling rocks!

 

This monkey’s got game!

   
 

Newton’s Monkey Math is a fun, interactive title to help your improve his or her math skills

 

Stop those squeaky little thieves!

   
 

Penumbra: Black Plague HaptX Edition is the highly-anticipated.

 

(Demo available) Nominee for the Technical Achievement of the Year.

   
 

Penumbra: Requiem HaptX Edition is an expansion for the horror game Penumbra: Black Plague and takes off where the last game ended.

 

The Quake 4 HaptX Mod is a mod (modification) of Quake 4.

   
 

Snowbear stars an adorable polar bear who’s trying to reach his home in the Frozen North.

 

This exciting FPS game is set in the not-too distant future.

   
 

The brick-busting fun doesn’t stop! Use your Novint Falcon to control the paddle.

 

Awarded the 2007 Game of the Year award in the Innovation category by Game Tunnel.

   
 

Dark forces have invaded Five Islands and kidnapped all of the young turtles.

 

Feelin’ It: XLR8 is a breathtaking game that gives you the true-to-life.

   

Coming Soon

 

25 to Life is the game the streets have been waiting for

 

No matter what you have read

   
 

Famous detective Hercule Poirot is back in typical style

 

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary investigative thriller

   
 

In this innovative and clever puzzler, you’ll work against time to solve 100 inlay puzzles.

 

Originally released under the title Advent Rising.

   
 

The year is 2142, and the dawn of a new Ice age has thrown the world into a panic. The soil not covered by ice can only feed a fraction of the Earth’s population

 

The award-winning Battlefield franchise invades the high tech frontlines of modern warfare in the new sequel

   
 

Action on an immense scale – the greatest air, sea, and undersea battles

 

Bowling + Golf = Bogo! In this instantly addicting, simple, and fun game.

   
 

Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 expands the series’ trademark fluid

 

The sequel to Chicken a La Kart, Chicken Hunter: Hot Wings ups the ante with more tracks

   
 

If you enjoyed the classic Pac-Man, you’ll love Chomper! Guide Chomper the Fish through.

 

Counter-Strike: Source® blends Counter-Strike’s award winning teamplay action with advanced technology of Source™ technology

   
 

Colin McRae: Dirt goes beyond point-to-point rallying to deliver

 

Yes, you read it right… Duck Launch.

   
 

Sound the alarm!

 

The beloved classic is back! Grab a bumper-paddle.

   
 

A truly classic puzzler, Mahjong is played by matching tiles in pairs to eliminate them.

 

GRID will take players to beautifully realised

   
 

1998. HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling

 

Half-Life® 2: Episode One is the first in a series of new adventures created by Valve that extends the Half-Life® 2 single player experience

   
 

Half-Life® 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life® adventure.

 

In The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft, the vault of the Spencer Mansion is robbed

   
 

Hitman: Blood Money places gamers once again in the role of the world’s greatest assassin

 

Hook & Sinker Fishing is a realistic fishing game in which players compete to catch the perfect fish.

   
 

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men follows the violent and chaotic journey of two men

 

Fight Together or Die Alone! A new and highly-virulent virus emerges and spreads through the population with frightening speed

   
 

Feel what it’s like to be a field general making key personnel decisions on both sides of the ball during the game’s biggest moments

 

Take control of the game with a full arsenal to win the one-on-one match-up from every spot on the floor.

   
 

Compete at the highest level of street racing with Need for Speed ProStreet

 

Taking gamers as close to war as they’ll ever want to get.

   
 

Set in a seriously twisted fantasy world, Overlord

 

The critically-acclaimed and award-winning FPS franchise is back!

   
 

Panzer Elite Action follows the story of three tank commanders

 

Panzer Elite Action: Dunes of War follows the story of two tank commanders

   
 

Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories

 

The racers may be small, but the action is huge in this radio-controlled boat.

   
 

Roly Poly Rolland returns to take classic Pinball .

 

The all-new Sensible Soccer comes complete with lightning fast football action

   
 

In Space Recoil, you will use your sense of touch to navigate one of 12 ships.

 

In SpellForce 2 – Shadow Wars, the player takes over the role of the Avatar

   
 

Team Fortress® 2 (TF2) is the sequel to the game that put class-based, multiplayer team warfare on the map

 

Guild 2 is the shining successor of the ultra successful medieval life sim

   
 

The IGN Winner: Most Innovative Design of 2006, and one of the Firing Squad’s Top 5 Games.

 

Take on the world in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 08

   
 

Gaming’s most famous heroine makes her triumphant return

 

Catch the beat! For the first time, use your sense of touch to jam with some rockin’ tunes.

   
 

In this arcade-style tank combat title, you are a commander of an M4 Sherman tank.

 

 

Specifications and Features: (Novint Falcon and pistol grip combo)

A must-have bundle for every FPS enthusiast, the Novint Falcon Pistol Grip Bundle takes gaming to the next level with our 3D Touch technology that lets you feel realistic weapon recoil and force feedback for truly immersive game play. The bundle includes:

  • 1 award-winning Novint Falcon (black)
  • 1 highly-anticipated Falcon Pistol Grip
  • Penumbra:Overture (first person action-adventure/horror)
  • Talon Special Ops (FPS)
  • All of our free downloadable FPS mods, including:
    • Haptics-Life 2
    • Haptics-Life 2 Episode One
    • Quake 4 HaptX mod
    • F.E.A.R. and F.E.A.R Combat (multiplayer)
    • Crysis
    • Prey
  • And your choice of one game from the following list:
    • The Orange Box (when available), Aquatreous, Butter Bean, Cave Brain, Cell Blast, Chicken Hunter Buck Shot, Chicken Hunter: Birds of a Feather, Chicken Hunter: Chicken a la Kart, Chicken Hunter: Fowllywood, Chicken Hunter: Raiders of the Lost Whatsit, Chicken Hunter: Retro, Chicken Hunter: The Temple of SingSong, Crystal Quest, Feelin’ It: Arcade Roller, Feelin’ It: Arctic Stud Poker Run, Feelin’ It: Virtual Pool 3, Force Fighter, Gish, Impulse Thruster, Klectit, Mo the Mole, Newton’s Monkey Math, Snowbear, The Feel of Steel, Tobbit or XLR8

 

Let’s get to the testing:

Testing:

 

In order to test the Novint Falcon I used it for several days playing a multitude of the supported games. I won’t be going into as much detail as I normally do for this testing section because most of the experience can be seen from the videos on the previous pages. I will state this for FPS’s the Novint was incredibly adaptable and had even more control then all of my gaming mice put together. The addition of the recoil made the experience all the more impressive. Just for a laugh we decided to turn the Novint recoil all the way up in halflife 2 and hop on the turret. Due to the fact that the Novint is used for both look and recoil, turning the recoil all the way up would be the equivalent to trying to hold on to the turret without a tri-pod or mount and then try to hit a target the pistol grip and the view on the screen were all over the place. For FPS Gaming I give the novint a

10/10 (for both accuracy and enjoyment.)

 

As for the mini games the novint performed without hiccup on everything from slingshots to golf clubs. I was so impressed with the degree of interaction the Novint provided I ended up spending hours on games I never would have bothered playing for 5 minutes with a regular mouse. For interaction and the amount of fun it provided for mini games I give the Novint Falcon a:

 10/10

 

I love force feedback driving wheels and I was a little skeptical when Tom Novint Urged me to try XLR8. How could a ball on a stick be better then a real racing wheel? While I would say the wheel offers a little more as far as realistic handling, the Novint mad up for this with the incredible feeling of the gravel under wheel and crash response that most racing wheels emulated horribly. For racing I give the Novint a solid:

8.5/10

Let’s see the final verdict on the Novint Falcon Controller:
Conclusion:

 

I am not afraid to say it I absolutely love the Novint Falcon Game Controller. It is by far the best game peripheral I have ever used. I believe that if more people had there hands on a Novint Falcon, casual consoles like the Wii would be a thing of the past. The level of interaction this controller offers far out weighs the Wii nunchucks on every level. If Novint branched off into the console market and found backers for 360 and ps3 games it would revolutionize the industry. Till then us PC users will continue to enjoy the benefits of Novint Gaming.

This pretty much goes without saying but it is our template: Would I recommend this product? You are damns straight I would, For $199 you get games grips and the unit it is still cheaper then a Wii and in my opinion is a lot more fun. I cannot wait to see what is in store for the future of the Novint Falcon.

 

Pros:

  • Very Interactive 
  • Fun!
  • Durable
  • Virtually Endless Potential
  • Price
  • FPS Gaming

Cons: 

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