Accessory Review: FPS Freek Call of Duty: Black Ops III Reveal Edition Thumbstick Grips


Call of Duty: Black Ops III isn’t out until November 6th, but that’s not stopping KontrolFreek from jumping aboard the hype train well ahead of schedule with the release of a new set of analog stick thumb grips based on the latest Treyarch-developed installment in the hit first-person shooter series.

The FPS Freek Black Ops III Reveal Edition thumbsticks, available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers, add 10.4mm of height to the existing analog sticks for added aiming precision, leverage, and range of motion. The grips are concave with the Roman numerals ‘III’ boldly laser etched into the center and a ring of little nubby grippers bordering the lip to keep your thumbs from slipping.

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We’ve reviewed and recommended a number of KontrolFreek’s products in our annual holiday gift guides (here and here) — this is the fifth or sixth different style I’ve personally had the pleasure of sampling — and this new addition to the lineup lives up to the company’s usual high standards. In fact, I think these FPS Freeks may be my favorite grips yet. It should be obvious to anyone viewing this website that I’m partial to the color that falls between red and yellow on the spectrum of light, so to my eye the neon orange rubberized grips accented by the black base (and the black of the controller) really pops. Something about the grips feels even grippier too, for lack of a better word. It’s gotta be those little perimeter nubs.

If you’ve never used a KontrolFreek product before, don’t be turned away by the FPS Freek title or the Black Ops III tie-in. First off, you don’t even need to give two shits about Call of Duty to find them useful. Secondly, while the improvements to analog stick accuracy do help most in first-person shooters, they are totally worthwhile for everyday use in all types of games. I’ve been using them on my controllers for a few years now — my DualShock 3, DualShock 4, and Xbox 360 pads each sport a different pair — and I honestly can’t play without them. Using them for the first time does require an adjustment period to acclimate to the height increase, but now that I’ve adjusted my thumbs feel naked whenever I use a controller that doesn’t have them equipped. They really do make that noticeable of an impact.

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They are incredibly durable as well. The first pair KontrolFreek ever sent me to review, which I have used for close to three years on both my main PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers, are still going strong and don’t show any signs of losing their grip or breaking down. Obviously I won’t be able to speak to the durability of this specific pair for some time, but they feel just as well crafted. And they do easily slip on and off without damaging the existing thumbsticks, in case you were wondering.

For the FPS Freek Black Ops III Reveal Editions, you have two buying options. They’re available standalone for PS4 or Xbox One (one size does NOT fit all) at a limited time price of $17.99. A Perfect Arsenal bundle ($47.99 full price, $36.99 on sale) is also available featuring three different FPS Freek models: the Black Ops III Reveal Edition, CQC Signature, and SNIPR. You can’t go wrong either way.

Disclosure: A review sample of the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Reveal Edition was provided to by KontrolFreek.

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