I have this stick. It’s… OK. It’s not a piece of crap but the best I can say about it is, “mediocre.”
The stick mechanism itself works perfectly but if you’re familiar playing games on Japanese-style arcade cabinets at all, this stick will definitely feel like a toy. The ball on the stick is also smaller than what you would find on the Tekken 5 stick. The “throw” on the stick is very small, so the stick is better suited to play 2D action platformers or airplane/spaceship shooters.
The bad part about the stick is the buttons. The buttons are all rubber contacts on a PCB. This by itself wouldn’t be a bad thing as long as the stick was taken care of over time. It’s probably 10+ years old by now. The store claims the one it’s selling is new, which suggests it hasn’t been weathering various storms of lengthened play. I would recommend cleaning the rubber contacts anyway at the first sign of any sticking. (I bought mine used, so it required a lot of cleaning.)
Another issue with the buttons is the placement. The buttons themselves are small and arranged at slightly different angles compared to more “serious” sticks. If this is the only stick you’ll ever use, then no problem. If you see yourself using multiple sticks, then the button arrangement and spacing might be issues. Of course, depending on your personal preferences, the button arrangement might be more favorable to you compared to other sticks but you won’t know that until you see for yourself.
The good features include a slow motion feature and turbo/rapid fire. You can also adjust the rate of the rapid fire. This feature is handy if you’re playing old games and want to slow the game down or playing an airplane/spaceship shooting game which doesn’t have auto rapid fire. As an example, if you’re playing PS1 R-types and can’t avoid the sea of bullets at normal speed, the slow motion feature will help you clear stages.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s a mediocre stick. It’s only great under certain specific circumstances. If your intent is to play old action or shooting games, then this stick is perfect. The small “throw” on the stick will also allow you to accurately navigate between enemies and their attacks. Such games don’t require you to accurately locate and press tons of buttons either, so the button arrangement won’t be an issue. However, if your intent is to play Guilty Gear on any serious level, I can’t recommend this stick. Even if you were to overcome the potential issues of using this stick and become a formidable top-tier Guilty Gear player, joysticks with autofire and/or slow motion are banned at most tournaments.