Just got my MadCatz Fightpad today! short review inside.

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#1 Edited by Farley_Lives (315 posts) -



Just had it delivered to me today. Got it from bestbuy.com Befoe they sold out. Kinda happy i managed to get the ryu, would've been better to get akuma, but who even knows how to find those. Anyway I played some street fighter 4 and alot of soul calibur to see how it works and the controller holds up. Then i played a little castles crashers for the hell of it.




Unboxing was rather annoying, anything in a clam-shell package is, but once i got my hands on it, i like how it felt. First of all the thing feels solid. It's has a thin layer of rubber on the sides and back. So even with some sweat on the palms the thing won't slip, me being the king of Palm Persperation that's a plus.




The D pad on this is made to be the major selling point. I think it should be too, its hard to explain how it feels exactly; blunty, it's good, not so blunty, it's responsive and precise, leaps and bound better then the 360 D pad. There's minimal croostalk too. What i mean by that is there 8 directions and when you hit foward it will go forward and not overshoot and send you jumping into the
opponet. (Let's not forget you can map it to the Left or Right stick as well, via a slider switch on the reverse side.)

If you felt the buttons on the 360 controller thats what you can exspect here they feel the exact same just bigger. But that's not a bad thing, spacing is good too.


Now the shoulder buttons are... alright. My problems with them is they're too stiff. I feel like i have to press a little harder then i exspect sometimes especially the left side. It's also get confusing Cause LB is mapped to the left side while the LT is right, which is weird to get use to.

I'd would say if you play fighting games enough but are only in to spend 50 bucks on a controller, this is a good canidate. It's the best D-pad i've used in years and one of the very few times i liked a 3rd party controller. When playing I felt like I was pulling off what I wanted to do, and not just getting lucky imputs. (I play as sagat here FYI)  I tiger shot when i wanted, Tiger punches whichs were always harder for me to try to do are a breeeze now. I don't think this fightpad can compare to tournament level Joysticks. but I never liked sticks, can't stand having to keep something on my lap. It's a solid controller form madcatz which is hard to believe, So i give a passing grade in my book. Happy fighting.




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#2 Posted by Jolly_Lolly (3593 posts) -

Cool dude. I was thinking of getting this when I purchase SFIV in a couple months.

And I feel exactly the same way about having the sticks on one's lap...pretty annoying imo.

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#3 Posted by satseb (88 posts) -

going to grab one of these for my 2up.

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#4 Edited by Farley_Lives (315 posts) -

To be honest the more i play with it the more i like it. Feel free to ask some questions if you have any.

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#5 Posted by LiquidPrince (17073 posts) -

Sounds good. Might pick up Chun-Li.

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#6 Posted by Farley_Lives (315 posts) -

Good luck to anyone trying to find one, just don't buy one for more the 60 off of ebay or anything like it. More will be made just wait.

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#7 Posted by Megalon (1457 posts) -

Nice review. I'm still waiting for my Blanka one in the mail, unfortunately. 

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#8 Posted by ImpendingFoil (587 posts) -

Thanks for the review I found it to be really helpful.  Now whenever I see a fightpad in the stores again I'll pick one up, preferably the Chun-Li but whatever I can find I'll be happy with.

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#9 Edited by Mike (17971 posts) -

I've been wondering about these fight pads.  Are they really $40+ better than an Xbox 360 controller?  I'm not really finding the standard controller to be that bad.

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#10 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -

Does anyone know when these are out in the UK? I'm finding the normal pad far too annoying.

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#11 Edited by Farley_Lives (315 posts) -

I MB said:

"I've been wondering about these fight pads.  Are they really $40+ better than an Xbox 360 controller?  I'm not really finding the standard controller to be that bad.
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I would say it varies from person to person.  For me it was worth the money, but if you feel you can get by with the standard controller there isn't a need for one. It's all stringent on how competitive you want to be.
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#12 Posted by satseb (88 posts) -

I could play with a cold dead fish better than the 360 controller.

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#13 Posted by Farley_Lives (315 posts) -

Shameless Bump

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#14 Posted by granderojo (1898 posts) -

I would say this controller gets taking getting used to, I should have just bought one when SF2HD came out and gotten used to it then, and could had saved myself 25 dollars, I broke down and bought one on EBAY for 65.

Funny thing was I paid relatively low price for mine on EBAY, these things are going for like 70-80 dollars last time I checked.

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#15 Posted by suneku (3005 posts) -

Hmm... I may pick it up if the price drops in the future.

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#16 Posted by ImperiousRix (3095 posts) -

Good review.  It's making me want one of these things more and more.

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#17 Posted by Al3xand3r (7912 posts) -

The whole design and especially the d-pad seems to be inspired by (read: ripoff) the SEGA Saturn style controllers. How does it compare against those, if you've used any, as I thought mad catz sucks as a gamepad brand.

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#18 Posted by Farley_Lives (315 posts) -

Never played a saturn persay, but a lot of people compare to that.

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#19 Posted by Wolverine (4640 posts) -

I don't know man $50 is a lot for a wired controller.

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#20 Posted by Steve_Evil (57 posts) -
HandsomeDead said:
"Does anyone know when these are out in the UK? I'm finding the normal pad far too annoying."

I ordered from Shopto.net and got mine on launch day (well a day early, but they're always early), so they are out there, you just need to find them as I think stock shortage is a problem now.
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#21 Posted by toowalrus (13404 posts) -

As soon as my Bestbuy has them in stock again I'm gonna pick one up...

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