CTA introduces assault rifle controller for PS3

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CTA have brought us some shamelessly bizarre pieces of gaming tat in the past (remember this?), but it's latest PS3 offering raises (or possibly lowers) the bar. Pithily named the CTA Assault Rifle Controller for PS3, it's... well, it's an assault rifle-shaped controller for the PS3. Sort of.

So you plug in the USB stick, point it at the TV and get right down to whacking Tangos by aiming down the sights, right? Well, no. It's not a light gun; it's just a toy rifle with PlayStation controller buttons on it. It's less the Wii steering wheel, and more like a racing controller that's shaped like a car bonnet. For $65.

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CTA released a video ad for the accessory, in which a man named Ben wears an army costume and tells us that "the assault rifle for the PS3 is the number one piece of equipment any gamer needs to wreak havoc in first person shooter games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 or Battlefield Bad Company 2". Then he runs into a crowd of Battlefield enemies, fires blindly into the air and doesn't hit any of them - but what the CTA Assault Rifle lacks in accuracy and practicality it makes up for with a built in speaker that makes gun sounds (even when the rifle isn't synced to the PS3, Ben tells us).

The CTA Assault Rifle controller for PS3 is out in the States in August. In the meantime, you can check out the video ad for CTA Assault Rifle here. Stay tuned until the end for a shot of Soldier Ben leaping out menacingly from behind a potted plant.