Experiments with the Claw: Day 1

Now to some of you this may actually be an old method to hold the controller, but I have been watching a lot of twitch.tv in the free time that I have and I have been picking up some very useful pro tips.  Mostly I have been watching formal and ninja play, but if some of the other mlg regulars stream than I will at least check it out to see what they are doing.  The main thing that I have noticed from watching them, is that they don’t use the default control method and they use the claw.

I have been reading up on the claw on halo forums and other gaming forums and I have come to the conclusion that I will try it in order to see if it makes any difference.  I like to think that I am an above average player on Halo, maybe right on average at Call of Duty… In any case, I started using the claw today and let me tell you that it takes some getting used to.

Before I go any further, I feel like I should explain the claw.  (I should also mention that I am playing with a standard xbox controller). What you do is hold the controller so that your ring finger is on RT, your middle finger then rests on RB, your thumb still holds the right thumbstick, and your index finger takes over for pressing the face buttons (A, B, Y, X).  The end result is a claw like grip on the controller.  And the real benefit is that you never have to take your thumb off of the right thumbstick, so you never lose your aim.

At first I was a little put off by the grip, but I definitely grew to like pressing RT with my ring finger.  It reminded me of shooting a paint ball gun, rocking the trigger quickly between the middle finger and ring finger.  I felt like I was quicker and lighter on my trigger, instead of heavy and forceful with the index finger.

The most difficult part is pressing the face buttons with my index finger.  I found myself constantly getting lost between the buttons and stumbling to find my bearings.  I decided that it would be better to practice the new grip in campaign so I started to run through Halo 4 on Legendary.  Earlier today when I was using the grip, I had to constantly remind myself to use my index finger for the face buttons, the muscle memory in my thumb was strong and I kept reaching away from the thumbstick.

At the end of the day I was starting to get the hang of it.  I began to use the claw grip exclusively during moments of slow action, and switched grips when things got a little more heated.  Forums said that it takes about a week to get used to, so I will keep trying it and update the blog with my progress.

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