After reading the stickies and the “noob thread” and doing some searches, I feel I’ve become a little more knowledgeable about arcade sticks and different brands, yet I still feel I have to post my questions on the board. I truly appreciate anyone who is willing to read through my post and help me out with my queries, so thank you all in advance.
Quick background info: When I was much younger I used to play at my local arcades quite often, and I always played fighting games. Fast forward about 10 years, I decided last year that I want to get back into fighting games just for the fun of it, so naturally I played games using the stock Playstation controllers. After blistering my thumb on the Playstation controller’s directional pad, I bought a new, unopened Street Fighter 15th Anniversary Controller. It worked quite well, and while I’m not really a harsh player, just last week the directional pad broke, so I decided I might as well search for a good arcade stick. After reading here on the forums that Japanese arcade sticks are generally preferred over American arcade sticks, I decided to borrow my friend’s Tekken 5 10th Anniversary Arcade Stick made by Hori.
After a few days of playing and practicing, I am happy to report that my thumb is no longer blistered, and that I seem to manage certain moves quite a deal better on the stick than I did on the controller. There are some problems however… While the buttons on the Tekken 5 Stick are light and responsive, the stick feels a little loose and a tiny bit wobbly (my friend has barely touched this thing, so it hasn’t become looser from overuse), and I feel I have lost the precision I had when using a control pad: I have great difficulty executing dragon punch motions on the stick, but most of all find it quite difficult to dash properly in games like KoF XI and Guilty Gear in comparison to the control pad.
After reading about the praise the Hori Arcade Pro 2 Stick gets, I was wondering, if I were to switch from the Tekken stick to the Pro 2 Stick, would my gaming improve? Is the Arcade Pro 2 more precise/vastly superior to the Tekken stick? Considering I’m more of a casual player who just wants to play at home with close friends and family, I wouldn’t mind procuring a decent controller either: How does the Saturn Controller for Playstation compare to the Street Fighter Controller? The last thing I was curious about is converters: since I only use the Playstation and the Dreamcast for my fighters, I would need a high quality converter so I can use my stick and pad to play on the Dreamcast
I apologize for this amazingly lengthy post, but I really do appreciate any and all suggestions, thanks for taking the time to read!
EDIT: Sorry! Just so peope know which Tekken stick I’m talking about: http://www.ps3blog.net/wp-content/uploads/tekken_5_arcade_stick.jpg
Also, has anyone tried SNK’s NeoGeo Pad 2? It seems interesting, considering the directional pad is like a mini-joystick: http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-e-49-en-70-kuq.html