Wednesday, 4 December 2013

MEGA Centurion Review (US 100ft orange trigger)

Hey everybody, Toasty here again. While p31c30fch33s3 is working on getting back into life, I'm gonna be helping out by posting a few reviews. To start it off, I'll be reviewing the 2013 "flagship blaster".. The MEGA Centurion!

More after the jump.



The MEGA Centurion is the first Nerf blaster to use the new MEGA darts. Both the darts and the blaster are the biggest available, the blaster being more than three feet long and the darts being large enough to fit a standard Elite dart inside. Currently, this blaster is being sold at most retailers, and I bought mine at Target for $39.99 USD. The darts for this blaster are only available in 10 packs, sold for $6-$7 USD.
(In Australia Centurions are going for $70+, and refill packs around the same as US)

Assembly:

When you open up the rather large box of this blaster, you'll notice the blaster itself comes in two pieces, the barrel and the blaster itself. After you've put on the barrel, it will not come off. The blaster will not accept the magazine into the magwell if the barrel is not attached.

The Darts:

The new MEGA darts are truly the worst darts I have ever used.
The foam they are made of is flimsy in quality, and the design and weight of the darts result in them being extremely innaccurate. The shape of the dart head causes feeding issues, as the rubber is in contact with the walls of the mag. Streamlines don't have this issue, as the head tapers inwards. The darts are quite large, and whistle very loudly as they're fired. 
At the time of my typing this, I have purchased 16 darts (six with the blaster as well as a dart pack), and only two of them aren't nearly destroyed. Four darts no longer fire due to massive cuts in the sides, and the remainder are in various stages of wear. I've fired each dart two to three times. 
The inner diameter of the MEGA darts is large enough that you can fit a standard Elite dart inside of it. This method, while increasing the durability of the dart, results in even worse range and accuracy.

The Accessories:

The Centurion comes with a six round magazine and a bipod. The bipod has three positions, forward, down and backwards. As far as bipods go, we've really only seen one other removable version, and that was on the Stampede. The Centurion's bipod, whilst not functioning as a grip like that of the Stampede and being much wider, is a much sturdier and is more supportive.
The magazine can hold six rounds, and is very aesthetically pleasing.

The Blaster:

The MEGA Centurion is one of the coolest looking products I've purchased from Nerf, and most of that would have to be in the size. Most blasters sort of feel undersized and tiny, but the Centurion has no such feel. It's almost as big as a replica (airsoft) sniper rifle, and it's clear this is aimed at older audiences. The draw weight is easy enough, but it's awkward to prime it the first time because the prime is massive- nearly 1/3 of the blaster's substantial 40.75 inch (114cm) length. I can imagine it being difficult for the kiddies to use this beast. 
Ergonomically it's superb, it's super comfy and has a great heft to it. My favorite part about the blaster is the noise it makes when you fire it- A very satisfying KA-CHUNK and an excellent recoil (for a Nerf blaster, that is) coming from its unique firing mechanism.
In terms of power, this blaster is lacking. Not quite as low as N-Strike, but definitely not the satisfying ranges we're used to with the Elite line. This blaster is also extremely inaccurate; if you actually manage to "snipe" someone, it will be because you were aiming at something else. 
My only two complaints about the blaster itself is the blaster's breech- what I suspect to be at the heart of the dart shredding issues- and the price point. It's about $40-50 USD right now, and it is a large blaster, but if you're looking to get one I wouldn't waste my money- wait until you've got a coupon or a sale comes around. Usability for this blaster is low, as the super long slide length and frequency of jams lowers the RoF and battle-readiness. The only magazine currently available for this blaster holds six rounds and is not sold separately, giving this blaster a low capacity.
Overall, it's a super fun blaster to use, but it's not good for much of anything except for the "Wow!" factor.

Power: 3/7
Accuracy: 1/5
Value for Money: 2/5
Usability: 2/5
Rate of Fire: 2/5

Overall: 1.83/5

Edit: Sorry about the massive wall of text, guys. I had pictures in the post while it was a draft, but they were deleted somewhere along the way. I would take more, but I returned my Centurion the other day and got a Sledgefire. Stay tuned for a review of that!

Toasty

8 comments:

  1. Totally agree with your thoughts, quite possibly the best looking blaster of all time and the center piece of my collection by usability dear god is terrible. Still love that sound though!

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  2. The Magnus is like a steroid popping gym junkie. Looks tough, but has small balls.

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  3. Hah you returned the Centurion. Yep definitely not getting one unless it's $10 or less.

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    1. HOW are you working on getting back into life?

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    2. You do realise this was posted one and a half years ago right? My life situation has changed a fair bit since.

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    3. HOW were you working on getting back into life?

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    4. How I got back into life is none of your business, and to be honest I don't remember too much of it anyway.

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