Wherever zombies want shooting, the Pelican Stinger Lightgun will be there. Built specifically for House of The Dead 2, the Dreamcast’s only title that supports such a gun, the Stinger is a fine little tool for perpetuating violence on the grateful undead.
Looking at the gray, off-white and black lightgun is like staring five to seven minutes into the future. It’s built for use with one hand or two, and Pelican has included two rubberized handgrips, one directly underneath the trigger and the other placed directly opposite it. It’s therefore possible to place one’s hand on the front grip and use the inner wrist to brace the trigger hand. The problem here is, of course, one of space. People with oversized hands will find the setup for two hands nearly unworkable and probably merely unwieldy if they shift to one hand.
Pelican has thoughtfully included all the trimmings with this gun. Behind the gun’s trigger is a responsive thumbpad as well as two buttons (one for B, the other for Start) placed strategically on the top right and top left of the pad respectively. Above this little pad and its buttons sits a small plastic outcropping wherein a VMU memory card may be stuck, and Pelican also has included a window to allow users to see the VMUs LED face through the window. The trigger (which also functions as the A button) and reload buttons are placed directly opposite one another, making it possible for shooters to waggle their fingers back and forth to fire and reload with great speed. For cheaters, Pelican has three preset options: one to allow normal manual firing and reloading, the second to provide auto reloading and the third to enable fully automatic turbo-style shooting and loading. There’s also a slider to control a rumble feature and two more buttons (again for B and Start) placed underneath the gun’s barrel.
Expect smooth shooting with the Stinger. Although the gun seems a little light, it performs rather well in the heat of combat. No real complaints may be offered about this peripheral as it applies to House of the Dead 2, but Pelican did not think to include support for the Dreamcast controller’s X and Y gameplay buttons. One doesn’t use these buttons in Dead 2, but what about when another lightgun game comes down the pike — and there will be others — that require the use of these extra buttons?
Still, Pelican has made players an offer they can’t refuse. The company has packaged the gun with a copy of House of the Dead 2 and is selling the package for $39.99. Now that, seemingly, is a deal to die (or perhaps just shoot) for.