Realizing I'm going a bit too fast, I hammer the brakes on the vintage 70's model Stingray and hit the corner hard. I start sliding as the brakes lock up. I slam the shifter back down into second and try to slide out of it. My heart racing, I see my opponent take advantage of my misstep and throttle past me as I lay into the gas. As I approach his back bumper I hit redline and slam it in third. With the finish line fast approaching, I made my move, flying around him on the left and crossing the finish line with half a car length to spare. I had won the race!
I step out of my car and throw my fists in the air. I look to the crowd for my much earned recognition only to find two cats and my girlfriend looking at me with expressions of bewilderment, bringing me full circle back to reality.
Logitech has fulfilled a long lost fantasy of mine. Ever since I began playing racing games, I've always wanted to shift like you would in a real car. My first experience with this happened while playing Ridge Racer in the arcades as a youth. It actually had a clutch and a six speed gated shifter similar to the ones found in Lamborghinis. I would spend countless hours just racing around the tracks, even though I sucked. Needless to say, I felt like I had gone back in time when I saw the package on my doorstep.
Right away I could tell this was not your typical cheap steering wheel as I almost threw my back out picking it up. The box is typical Logitech, with their turquoise background fading to black. Opening the box was like digging for treasure. Everything came packaged nice and neat; nothing was damaged during shipment.
Included in the box is a power cord, manual with installation CD, pedals, shifter module and steering wheel. Taking the plastic wrapping off, I got my first look at the G25. The shifter is actually smaller than most, considering it houses all six gears and reverse and there are plenty of buttons to eliminate the need for your keyboard. The pedals are a bit wider due to the extra pedal (clutch). The steering wheel has that standard "Fast and the Furious" look with the "NOS" buttons.