Just got my MadCatz Fightpad today! short review inside.
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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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.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.
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.
"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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