Lastly we have the ‘Headshot’ menu that is ridiculously thorough in how you want to fine-tune your macros. It allows recording of gaming settings in terms of how you interact and how you want macros to work when certain conditions are met/initiated in-game.
For example, when you pick up a gun in an FPS, you can program the mouse to immediately reload it, or fire off a five-bullet burst as fast as possible.
The amount of options here are mind-boggling, and while the overall layout is confusing, A4Tech have made a ‘Headshot Bible’ which does a good job of outlining the different options, and gives great, almost mathematical examples of how they all work:
Now the catch; the Ultra Core 3 software activation has to be bought separately. The Bloody V8 comes hard-coded in the mouse itself, so no software-side activation is required as the program reads the mouse when it is plugged into the USB port.
Objectively Bloody should have included the software with the mouse instead of making consumers pay an additional $20-30 for the UC3 software. Subjectively, player skill still takes precedence over all instruments claiming to make you a better gamer. There is no doubt that the UC3 software is jam-packed with amazing tools and features that any gamer would want. It really is tempting and worth every penny; however it is not a necessity, nor is it crucial. It is an extra add-on should the consumer want something extra on top of the $40 Bloody V8 mouse.
FINAL WORDS AND CONCLUSION
A4Tech’s Bloody Headshot V8 gaming mouse is an absolutely brilliant peripheral. With a sleek design, great lighting, 3200 dpi, profile settings, and the most comprehensive software suite we have seen for any gaming accessory…the V8 makes us wonder why the Bloody line has been so unknown since its inception.
While we were quite critical and demanding in our review, the Bloody V8 came out relatively unscathed. The biggest concern for the mouse is advertising because there is very little information about specifications and internal parts – which should blatantly be on the box, but are not. While the lighting is an acquired taste, the lack of laser-etched profile buttons is a tad disappointing.
Not many negative points at all, but the positives are plenty. The way the mouse handles itself is sure to win many consumers over, as it performed exceptionally well; the speed, precise tracking, and overall benchmark results are proof of that. The build quality is phenomenal, and the inclusion of the little things such as a braided cable and velcro strap show that A4Tech’s design philosophies are on point. The lack of excessive LOD tracking that was spot-on from the lift-off point is truly amazing. On top of all this, the V8 solidifies the ‘HoleLESS Engine’ as truly innovative in design.
For a $40 mouse A4Tech’s Bloody Gun3 Headshot V8 is definitely a steal, especially with UC3. With the bundled Ultra Core 3 software suite, the ultimate potential of the mouse is unlocked in a plethora of ways. The included accessories also allow a better overall package versus the vast majority of its competition. Finally, the performance is absolutely stunning for a mouse at this price range, so much so that it left us speechless. If you are looking for an inexpensive gaming mouse, look no further than the Bloody V8. The price:performance ratio is through the roof, and for that the Bloody V8 easily gets our well-deserved ‘Editors’ Choice Award’: