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#1 Posted by MC_Hify (384 posts) -

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#2 Edited by MC_Hify (384 posts) -

With flight sticks being talked about so much on Giant Bomb recently I thought I'd see where other community members were at. I recently picked up this one. I want to use it in BF3 but I haven't really gotten into that game yet despite the fact I picked it up months ago. I'm also interested in the new space sims Sol and Evochron but I haven't played those yet either. To put things in perspective my previous flight stick wasn't even USB and I think the last game I played with one was Privateer 2: The Darkening.

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#3 Posted by B0nd07 (1748 posts) -

It's not currently plugged in, but I have a Logitech Attack 3. I got it several years ago to play IL-2: Sturmovik with a friend. I don't think I've used it for anything else.

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#4 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

Hell yeah I do, a cheap Logitech attack 3. It's kinda lame, but it does the job. The thing is, I use it more than any other PC accessory I have, short of a gamepad, so I'm tempted to grab the HOTAS set Vinny bought. In rip-off store prices it's like 150$ though, and amazon won't ship the item to Canada.

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#5 Posted by troidy (102 posts) -

Yeah, I bought the Saitek X-52 has a few years ago for $100 or so, been using it on and off. I regretted the purchase pretty quickly, but I guess as long as it still works I have something when I get that itch. When I do actually use it, its a great stick, though the X-Axis has intermittent failure problems that are generally fixed by a solid whack.

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#6 Posted by bybeach (5670 posts) -
@troidy said:


Yeah, I bought the Saitek X-52 has a few years ago for $100 or so, been using it on and off. I regretted the purchase pretty quickly, but I guess as long as it still works I have something when I get that itch. When I do actually use it, its a great stick, though the X-Axis has intermittent failure problems that are generally fixed by a solid whack.



You had me sold till....well maybe you still have me sold!      :)
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#7 Posted by Driadon (3215 posts) -

I bought a Saitek X-52 as well back in 07 as well. Got lucky, was open box at a retail store I worked at at the time, so it cost me around $50, and still works great now. I can't imagine playing my space and mech sims without it.

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#8 Posted by Dtat (1749 posts) -

I would buy one in a heartbeat if I had some games to play with it. Is MechWarrior Online an MMO? I don't really understand what it is.

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#9 Posted by Dimsey (1122 posts) -

I don't have one, but I admit all the recent discussion about them has had me kinda looking into them.

Should at least get a cheap one, I'd like to give that MechWarrior 4 game a whirl - seemed pretty cool.

Also think I have X2 and some other stuff I bought on a whim but never really played that could be better with a stick.

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#10 Posted by deathfury (494 posts) -

I use a Thrustmaster T-16000M and love it. I play IL-2 Sturmovik with it and it works great. A few parts can be switched around for left-handed fliers too, which is a pretty cool feature in my book.

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#11 Posted by JoeyRavn (5219 posts) -

I have a flight stick on my PC, if you know what I mean.

But, otherwise, nope.

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#12 Posted by Mmmslash (2227 posts) -

Another Saitek X-52 user here. I also picked it up for IL-2. It's pretty rad, and worth the $80 USD I paid for it.

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#13 Edited by ajamafalous (13406 posts) -

This poll is really almost even?

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#14 Posted by eroticfishcake (7857 posts) -

I bought a Microsoft Sidewinder-lookalike from GAME a last year. It's pretty standard but it's reliable, well-built and pretty sufficient for the amount of sim gaming I do.

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#15 Posted by predator (385 posts) -

I also own a Logitech Attack 3.

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#16 Posted by Fajita_Jim (1517 posts) -

I'm still using the original Microsoft Force Feedback Pro. It's a wonderful stick. I've had it for 12 years and it still works just as well as it did the day I bought it.

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#17 Edited by Spoonman671 (5767 posts) -

I recently bought Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro to play Evochron Mercenary with.
@Fajita_Jim said:

I'm still using the original Microsoft Force Feedback Pro. It's a wonderful stick. I've had it for 12 years and it still works just as well as it did the day I bought it.

I had that one for years, but I couldn't find it in my parent's basement so I just bought a new one.  I remember really liking it.
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#18 Edited by mmzOne (299 posts) -

I have three.

  • CH Flightstick pro ( game port )
  • MS Sidewinder Force feedback Pro ( game port )
  • Saitek X45

All of them work, but since game port ceased to exist while ago two of them are pretty much useless. Although I think that I still have somewhere a working soundblaster with a game port on it.

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#19 Edited by nintendoeats (6222 posts) -

I accidently clicked no, but I have a Saitek thing. I think it's called a cyborg, but I don't remember. I got it for 4 bucks.

On a side note, HAWX is kind of shitty with a joystick.

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#20 Posted by Giantstalker (2294 posts) -

I got an Attack 3 for Battlefield 2 back in the day, still works great for BF3

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#21 Posted by jmfinamore (1092 posts) -

I had one as a kid that I used to play Descent with. I did have another flight game, but I never could get it to work (not understanding PC requirements as a kid sucked).

Ever since then I've wanted another one, though, and all this talk on GB has got me looking at getting a cheap one. I was having trouble finding any games I would actually want to use it with though, does anyone have any recommendations for good, newer flight/space/mech games that are worthwhile (not too into the idea of the super hardcore learning tool sim games, though)?

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#22 Posted by eroticfishcake (7857 posts) -

@HarlequinRiot: Microsoft FLIGHT was released recently. It's free (since it's actually quite small and uses a micro-transaction model) but it's still rather enjoyable. Unlike the previous titles it's also really accessible.

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#23 Edited by topsteer (740 posts) -

I have this http://www.logitech.com/en-us/gaming/joysticks/devices/291 that I bought a couple of years ago. I would like to own a better one but I doubt I would use it enough to justify it.

@HarlequinRiot: I would also recommend Microsoft FLIGHT. I have hardly any experience with flight sims and it was pretty easy to get into and is pretty fun.

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#24 Edited by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

No, but I was eyeing the non-hotas version of the Trustmaster T-Flight for BF3 about a month ago (also works on PS3 it seems, but why). Does anybody have this one? All this recent flightstick content has me wanting to scratch that itch pretty hard. I'm pretty convinced I'm going to get one, but I gotta find the right one first. Preferably paying less than $60 USD.
That Saitek X-52 looks amazing though, and Vinny got a great deal according to Google. But I still think hotas style is still too much of a space taker. I'm not even sure I have enough room to keep the monitor unoccluded with just a regular stick and keep my mouse, keyboard, and G13 gameboard on the desk. I might have to put a phonebook under the screen stand again, even though it's at the perfect height now.

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#25 Posted by Dagbiker (7041 posts) -

No, but I have a game pad

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#26 Posted by Sliced_Bread (157 posts) -

I'm in it deep. I wore out my X52 a few years ago and am now rolling with a CH Fighterstick, Pro Throttle, Pro Peddles, and Track IR.

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#27 Posted by Sonti (21 posts) -

I had to select no even though I have a flight stick at my parents house in another country. But I don't have it now so I guess it's a no.

I also have a steering wheel but again like most of my stuff they were left behind when I moved.

On my PC right here I have 2 360 gamepads.

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#28 Edited by NoCookiesForYou (854 posts) -

Another pilot reporting for duty sir! My tools of destructions are CH Combatstick & Pro throttle.

@HarlequinRiot: You should check out Freespace 2 and get SCPmod for it. I guarantee you won't be dissapointed. If you're looking for a good mech game Mechwarrior 4: Mercenariesis free and it's pretty great.

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#29 Posted by Jimbo (10472 posts) -

I have a flight stick but I haven't used it in years. It takes AA batteries which is way too much hassle to bother with.

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#30 Posted by MysteriousBob (6262 posts) -

Seeing how I don't own a single game that involves flying, no.

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#31 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19301 posts) -

The only games I fly in are the Battlefield games, and they're much better with mouse and keyboard. The most skilled and legendary pilots of this franchise use M+KB, to my and your surprise!

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#32 Posted by SmasheControllers (2951 posts) -

I have a Flight Stick and Racing Wheel, I hardly use either.

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#33 Posted by p00rdevil (163 posts) -

Yea I have had some kind of joystick since my first PC. I would suggest the Thrustmaster T 16000M deathfury mentioned as a good entry level stick. It is around $50, very accurate, and very easy to set up and install being plug and play. Also, it is ambidextrous, which is important if you are left handed. Only down side is it is not force feedback.

I use a Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro. Great stick but MS quit making them, so if you want one you have to buy used. I use it for Rise of Flight which I have been playing on and off since it released.

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#34 Edited by DeanoXD (708 posts) -

I still have my Logitech Wingman force and Formula force gear, but they are no longer hooked up because Logitech doesn't support them anymore. But they were the best stick/wheel controllers i have ever used.

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#35 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

After a night of research and futzing with PPJoy, I decided to go with the Thrustmaster T16000m stick. It ended up coming down to the TARGET software being able to set a custom curve for analog axes. Only cost me $43 on Amazon, so that's not too bad. Only thing is it'll take like three weeks to ship which I didn't notice until after I submitted my order. Oh well.

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#36 Posted by lockwoodx (2531 posts) -

I had one back when games were worth having a flight stick for.

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#37 Posted by BonOrbitz (2475 posts) -

I have the Attack 3 as well for when I used to play Star Wars games that featured flight in some areas and for Dark Star One from gog.com. It's perfect for those games.

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#38 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1548 posts) -

Not as of yet, but I'm dangerously close to buying one.

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#39 Posted by sandwich_adjustment (703 posts) -

I actually got the Sidewinder 3D again and did the USB teensy board mod..so fucking good. ( i like teh Descent)

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#40 Edited by sparks50 (381 posts) -
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I have a Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro and TrackIR, most recently used to play Takeondubstephelicopter.

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#41 Posted by crusader8463 (14757 posts) -

Nope. Zero desire to ever play the kind of game that uses one out side of some space sims, but those I prefer KBM.

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#43 Edited by Fattony12000 (8273 posts) -

I need to buy a cheapy one to play ArmA II, Rise of Flight, DCS: A-10C Warthog, Evochron Mercenary, BF3, IL-2 and all that jazz. I was looking at this one, anyone had experience with it?

Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Joystick (PC/PS3)

£33.99 brand new from Amazon.co.uk

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#44 Posted by Draugen (901 posts) -

Of course I do. Can't be a snooty PC supremacist without one. I love my X-52.

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#45 Posted by butano (1997 posts) -

I do not, but I've been thinking of getting the X-52. Might get one of the cheaper Logitech ones before I start getting into a really bad habit :S

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#46 Posted by ShaggE (8398 posts) -

Kinda want one for Freespace 2, but if I'm going to go down that road, I want to go balls-out, and I don't have balls-out money. Same thing with a racing wheel.

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#47 Posted by Joker369 (971 posts) -

Saitek Cyborg Evo. Not bad but after seeing what Vinny got, I want to get that X-52.

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#48 Posted by selbie (2449 posts) -

@Joker369 said:

Saitek Cyborg Evo. Not bad but after seeing what Vinny got, I want to get that X-52.

Same model for me too.

I feel so inadequate now. My gaming life will never be the same again. Surely there is a product out there that will enhance my gaming experience! I want longer lasting gaming! D:

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#49 Posted by Chemin (656 posts) -

I had, years ago. I have no idea where it is nowadays though.

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#50 Posted by deactivated-589cf9e3c287e (1984 posts) -

I came a hair's breadth to purchasing a Logitech Attack 3. Then I realized I would own a joystick at that point.