Having suffered trying to pull off moves with an old gamepad, I decided the
time was right to purchase one of these to get that arcade experience and ease
of use. One of the points to make clear right now, I have bought it for a PC,
not a PS3. Why do I mention that? There can be compatibility issues.
For the stick itself? Starting out, it was difficult to get used to the
button layout. I would have preferred the buttons to be lined up straight or to
have the lower buttons angled to the right of the top buttons, much like how
you'd lay your hands on a keyboard. But having spent a couple of hours on it
I am now used to it and don't have any problems hitting the wrong buttons. The
buttons are slightly convex and have a crisp, precise feel.
The feel of the joystick is great, not too loose and hearing the clicks as
you move it gives you a sense of how precisely you're using it. It still will
take some getting used to depending on what you've used before, but keep
practicing and you'll be fine.
Its weight is sufficient enough to keep it in one place when on a table, most
of the time anyway. Sometimes I still treat it harshly enough to mean I need
to adjust it mid-round, but it certainly doesn't slip too easily.
Now the down side for PC users. If your PC is not equipped with either Intel
or VIA USB ports (which make use of USB 1.1 via UHCI, other brands implement
USB 1.1 via OHCI), it will not work! This is a link which shows some
investigation into why. http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?…
I have an Nvidia motherboard in my main PC (the only one that plays SFIV),
and so until I get an addon card this just won't work on that PC. If you want
to get one of these exclusively for PC use, it's probably best to get the Xbox
360 version instead. A driver is available for the 360 version, which can be
downloaded from the microsoft site. Instructions are here http://www.madcatz.com/faq/default.asp?…