Hi all…new to the forum, and new to ‘serious’ fighting game playing in general.
I play on PC, and when I first started getting into SSF4 properly I used an Xbox 360 controller - needless to say it became obvious very quickly that I needed something better. Not ready to dump a bunch of money on a fightstick, I found a couple of MadCatz fightpads for cheap and I’ve been playing on one of those for the last month or so. I really like the feel - very responsive, and my execution has improved hugely as a result. (This is the pad I mean)
However, part of the reason I went for a fightpad over a stick was that I was under the impression that you couldn’t get a stick for less than like £150 - £200, and that was just way too much of an investment for me so early on. I’ve now discovered that you can get sticks much cheaper, e.g. This one or this one for £30-40 each.
My worry is - is a stick that cheap just a bunch of junk, or is it a good intermediate stage before taking the plunge on a proper, full price stick? Will it actually be more responsive/useful than my existing fightpad? Or is it just a waste of money, money that you might as well put aside for when you can put it toward a better stick?
(To take this out of the equation - I have no preference conceptually for either. I never played fighting games on old school consoles, and I never played them at arcades, so at this point I’m basically equally inexperienced with pads or sticks, give or take a couple of months of pad play, and I certainly don’t have any nostalgia or fondness for either)
tl;dr - I guess what I’m asking is; are you better off with a high quality pad, or a low quality stick?