Despite its diminutive size, the Chameleon
packs a nice little punch and features everything a good third-party controller should. It's cheap, works and is comfortable. The look of the controller is really cool. The clear shell gives the controller a very 'tech' feel, which looks neat. Some may say it's a little tacky -- but guess that's one of those personal calls. The design of the controller follows the typical Dual Shock 2 layout, only compacted into the original PSX controller size (the one without the analog sticks). Other than the size, the Chameleon features the same shoulder button layout as the Predator Wireless
controller. I really like the idea of placing the R2 and L2 buttons in a more natural feeling, slung back area instead of on top. It feels weird when you first try it -- but it's a definite improvement. Here's to hoping that Sony is taking note for its Dual Shock 3 design.
Pelican should be commended for making a controller that not only looks cool, but also plays well. The buttons are easy to get to and respond wonderfully. The analog sticks are particularly impressive due to the nice, 'snap' of resistance they give. I'm usually not one for using the analog sticks unless I really have to due to their usually floaty nature and lack of precision control. While not as great as the D-pad, the amount of control afforded by the sticks was great to see.
Perhaps the best part of all of this is the price of the controller. With a price point of around fifteen dollars, it's hard to not give the Chameleon a second glance.