PDP Halo Wars 2 Banished Controller Review

The Halo Wars 2 Banished wired controller is officially licensed and numbered limited edition. Featuring 6 programmable multi-function wheels and built in headset controls, is this a controller worth getting? Read our review to find out…

  • Numbered limited edition officially licensed controller (only 5,000 available)
  • Strategize with your team with the 3.5mm headset jack and onboard audio controls
  • Dual Multi-Function wheels with 6 programmable actions for customizable play
  • Official Faceoff controller compatible with swappable faceplates (available for purchase)
  • Includes detachable 10’ cable for comfortable gameplay

Having previously reviewed the Afterglow controller by PDP, I was expecting much more of the same for the Halo Wars 2 Banished controller minus the lighting effects, and that is pretty much what I got. The Halo Wars 2 Banished controller is part of the PDP Faceoff range, meaning you can replace the faceplate of the controller should you wish, there’s a handful of these available on the PDP website if you fancy a new look for the controller (costing around $14.99). Removing the banished faceplate reveals it’s number of the 5000 made on the back side. The faceplate itself is highly detailed with a 3D design and what looks to be a hand finished paint job.

There’s a built in 3.5 mm audio jack for headsets, and just like the Afterglow controller there’s built in audio controls which you access by holding the button located next to the right thumbstick and using the D-pad to change the volume and balance between game and chat audio, a great addition to controllers, although there’s no mic monitoring available.

The controller is also wired, it comes with a 3 meter (10 FT) USB cable that is detachable making for easier storage without having to wrap your wire around the controller, the fitting of the cable to the controller has been though out well as the controller incorporates a recess in the top which holds the cable in much more securely than say, a standard play and charge cable on a standard controller.

There’s also the programmable wheels on the back of the controller giving an additional 6 buttons simply pressing the button located in the middle of the wheels, then press the desired wheel in a direction (up, down or click in) then press the button that you want mapped to it, although you cannot map the left or right triggers.

Value for money 9.5
Quality 9.5
Comfort 9.5
PDP Halo Wars 2 Banished Controller

Much like the Afterglow controller I have previously reviewed, the Halo Wars 2 Banished controller has a high quality finish and build. Including its extra programmable buttons it makes for a pretty decent replacement controller or even a middle ground alternative to an Elite controller. I would like to see wireless alternatives in the future, although the 3 meter (10 FT) cable should be long enough for most.

  • Extra Programmable buttons
  • Comfortable
  • High quality
  • No mic monitoring

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