Accessory Review: Bloody Multi-Core Gun3 V3 Gaming Mouse

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For the longest time gaming on a PC was unrivaled because of the precise aiming and direct control a mouse and keyboard afforded a gamer.  In recent years, game developers have brought console-focused titles to PC because the 360 controller driver API offers the same fine tuning and mapping found on consoles.  Even with the refinements that a standard controller provides for game developers, many PC gaming purists would argue that just as improvements in controller mapping and tuning have brought console gaming to a similar level of input and control, mouse technology has advanced as well.

No longer are the days of having to clean your balls (mouse balls–come on guys, get your mind out of the gutter) or the roller tracks that the mouse ball makes contact with inside of the device.  Instead, optical light is the norm.  Two buttons on a mouse?  Nah.  A “real” mouse needs to have three, four, five or more buttons.  While the functionality of extra buttons is debatable, a mouse without a scroll wheel is tantamount to sacrilege.  A mouse with multiple buttons could be utilized for more than just shooting a weapon and a secondary function.  Add in the scroll wheel for switching between weapons and a mouse quickly becomes a precise go-to method for input for many games on the PC.  But for all the extra who-ha that various gaming mice manufacturers promote, how much of it is really beneficial and how much of it is snake oil?

Working a day job, in an office, in a cubicle, the typical two-button mouse is more than sufficient for crunching numbers, browsing web sites, or pushing policy throughout the day.  How accurate does a mouse need to be for these tasks?  Not very.  But what about sniping an enemy crouched behind a barricade, only a small fraction of helmet exposed?  Even small movement micro-twitches can mean the difference between the enemy’s melon exploding, or your own.  Precision is key to gaming.  Having fast, responsive buttons doesn’t hurt either.  And what if you could tap a button on your mouse to make the kickback from an assault rifle suddenly disappear?  A4Tech’s Bloody Mult-Core Gun3 mouse offers all of those things.

For as much gaming as I’ve done over the years, I’ve never invested in a mouse designed specifically for improving video game performance.  After using the Gun3 for the last few weeks I can honestly say I’m a damn fool for not getting one sooner.  First off, the Gun3 just feels right.  It is sculpted for use by right-handed folks (sorry Southpaws) and has a perfect ergonomic fit with a gentle ridged slope where your thumb rests.  The main left and right buttons have a nice click with a snappy response and the scroll wheel has precise click motion that gives just the right amount of rotation without feeling like the scrolling on screen will zoom indefinitely.  The Gun3 also comes with combat feet, small pieces of silicon that stick to the bottom of the mouse and create a slight gap between the desktop and the bottom of the mouse.  The combat feet provide less surface contact, meaning the mouse can glide with less resistance.  In theory this sounds great, except that my desk (or more specifically my mouse pad) tended to catch on the protruding feet.  Once I removed the mouse pad from the equation the Gun3 moved silky smooth.

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To add to the flash and gamer “L337” street cred, the Gun3 has extra buttons that provide an advantage that some might consider unfair.  Next to the scroll wheel are three buttons: 1, N, and 3.  Pressing each button does two things.  First off the light coming from the scroll wheel changes color.  1 is red, N is green, and 3 is a yellow/amber hue.  When the Gun3 is in Ultra-Core 3 mode, pressing the N button enables the auto-recoil dampening to kick in.  Pressing the 3 button enables a burst of three precision shots.  It sounds sorta crazy, but the functionality definitely works as indicated.  Holding down the left mouse button while the N button is enabled means any sort of assault rifle that has a substantial kickback won’t move from where the crosshair is pointed.  I did notice that once the left mouse button is no longer pressed, the crosshair jumps up almost as if the mouse is not able to fully compensate for the transition between modes. Once kickback suppression is stopped, the gun resumes its traditional off-kilter position up in the air.

Included with the Gun3, is software that offers pre-made macros as well as the ability to create custom macros from scratch.  While there are a few macros included out of the box, more are available to download from the Bloody website.  Some of the macros are pretty creative and I can see where they would provide an edge during a gaming session.  One that stands out (even though the game is older) is for Warcraft III which enables players to command all idle workers to move to the clicked location followed by a command to build whatever structure is at that location, all with a single button click.  Of course the majority of the macros are intended for first-person shooters and the myriad options a gamer would want to take advantage of while in the heat of battle.

One thing to note about the Gun3 is the fact that the Ultra-Core 3 software configuration is not something that ships in the box.  While I commend A4Tech for labeling thoroughly on the outside of the box (as well as in the sparse documentation included in the box), the fact that one of the main advertised features isn’t available without an additional $20 purchase just seems a bit shady. Are we really to the point where micro-transactions are stretching beyond games to actual hardware?

Out of the box, the Bloody Mult-Core Gun3 is a solid sub-$50 gaming mouse, with some added functionality available for those willing to pay a little something extra.  The feel of the mouse is natural and comfortable, and the fact that there are macros that can be built into the core functionality of the device is pretty slick as well.  If you are like me and have never given a dedicated gaming mouse a thought before, the affordably priced Gun3 is a great place to start.

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Tim has been playing video games for more than 20 years. He manages to find time to game in between raising three kids and working as a network administrator. Follow Tim on Twitter @freemantim.