Hey, just thought I’d give you my two cents on the pad I’ve been using lately. A bit about me: though I’m trying to slowly learn stick, I’ve always been and remain primarily a pad player, despite the fact that my left thumb gets annihilated after sessions of any length. I’ve spent years playing on the various iterations of the Dual Shock until recently when I decided to give a fightpad a try.
Anyway, I got the LE Blazblue CF version of the Hori Fighting Commander (it’s the one without the tilting D-pad). Gotta say, I’m pretty impressed with how it feels and handles, and I definitely prefer using it over the DS4. The D-pad is great, and I find it helps me keep my inputs more precise. Also, once I adjusted to the extra face buttons, I would have a hard time going back to having any of my normals mapped to the shoulders.
The controller does feel kind of light and hollow compared to the DS4, but nonetheless seems sturdily constructed. One caveat, I’ve only been using this controller for a couple months now, so I feel I can’t really comment on how well it will hold up to normal wear and tear. I know you expressed that durability is a concern of yours, and reports I’ve heard from other users vary in that regard, though most agree that it is more reliable than the version of the FC that has the tiltable D-pad. That being said, I like this FC so much that unless it dies within the new few months of use, I’ll probably replace it with another when the time comes.
If you have any other questions about it, feel free to ask me.