|Call of Duty:Black Ops Prestige Edition RC-XD. Coooool!|
Ok where are my priorities?! Call of Duty: Black Ops is one of the most anticipated video games of 2010 and expected to top the king of first person shooters, it's predecessor Modern Warfare 2. One of the ways to pre-order the game was the special "Prestige Edition", which along with various other things, comes with a radio controlled vehicle, modeled after an explosive device in the game. Although it doesn't explode, it DOES come with an on board video surveillance camera in its nose which transmits back to the controller.
I'm not much of a first person shooter fan to be honest-in fact I royally suck at them, but I've had an interest in these games, mainly because there has always been a link between those who see COD as an inspiration for their love of Nerf. This time around though, my purchase of Black Ops has almost nothing to do with the game; my priorities are with the RC car...and that's what I'll be writing about in this post:)
|Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition Packaging|
There were various editions one could preorder for Call of Duty: Black Ops, but only the Prestige Edition came with the RC-XD toy. I ordered mine from fishpond.com.au and it arrived a day after the official launch of Black Ops, which was pretty good of them. The packaging was very well done, with a clear window showing the RC car that was secured into the box in a way that rivaled old school Nerf blaster packaging! The inside of the packaging has the game in a very cool box, a black ops "medal" to..err. hang up somewhere, the RC unit, transmitter and a plastic display stand.
|The Black Ops "RC-XD Video Surveillance Vehicle"|
The RC unit and controller take 6 AA batteries each. The transmitter has a battery indicator on the screen to let you know if your batteries are crap, so I had to go out and buy fresh ones:)
|Black Ops RC-XD front: smile for the camera!|
The RC car unit is bigger and more sturdy than I thought it would be, and with batteries quite weighty. It's a higher build quality than I was expecting; right down to "realistic" details like scratches and dents.
|Side view of the RC-XD|
It's not made to look pretty or resemble a car of sorts, more of a wad of C4 with wires sticking out of it:) What makes it fun but gimmicky is the camera in its nose- it's not a GREAT quality camera, but basic VGA does the job for what is essentially a toy:) It's got an in built mic too for listening "surveillance" but the car itself is pretty noisy to drive so I doubt you'd be able to sneak it in anywhere covertly:P
|RC-XD up close|
I actually was expecting the unit to be about palm sized, but it's easily 20cm long and quite thick. It's even got spring suspension and air filled squishy tyres. Bonus!
|Suspension and squishy tyres! It's quality mate, quality:P|
The RC transmitter is a pistol grip style controller and has a small LCD monitor on the front, a speaker and a whole bunch of buttons on top; one is to change the volume of the speaker, one is to change the speed of your unit (faster for "infiltration" and slower for video surveillance) and a small wheel for assigning the trim on your car. A fair whack of functionality for what I was expecting to be a dodgy giveaway:)
|Various buttons on the transmitter to do..things:P|
|A pistol grip style controller.|
|Through the "eyes" of the RC-XD on the lil' monitor. HD it ain't|
(All you modders out there, it'd be cool if you could work out how to wire the camera (or the monitor) up to record onto an SD card or something!)
|Size comparison to the other thing available today- the Barricade RV-10|
The RRP of the Prestige Edition was $229.00 AUS but I picked it up with a whole bunch of promos and deals for $169.00. I'm not sure I could recommend it to anyone.but I will because it's fun and I love it:)