Hey, I’m pretty new to fighting games (aside from obviously the occasional button mashing competition with my mates) though I picked up sf4 a few days and am loving it so far (though I really suck at it right now). My one gripe with it however has been the standard xbox 360 controller, it feels like I’m just suggesting to the controller what to do, then wether it decides to go with my suggestion or not is entirley up to it.
Now I did wonder if it was just me, not being used to having to enter precise sequences quickly on the d-pad, and maybe it is partly that, but I FEEL like I’m pressing everything correctly and even simple things like blocking, sometimes I’ll do a jump in the air instead, though I’m definitley only pressing back. I tried a few different standard 360 controllers (same model) and the d-pad on some of them was definitley better than others, but I still have some major problems no matter which controller I pick. So this is when I decided to google and it seems many people hate the 360 d-pad as much as I do… unfortunatley the suggested replacements always seem to be impossible to get hold of or going for some stupid price on e-bay (official sf4 pad, hori pad…).
So my question is, can anyone recommend me a controller with a decent d-pad that’s readily available in the uk and less than 40? I wouldn’t mind spending a bit more on an arcade stick, but it seems both the official sf4 ones and the two hori ones are impossible to get hold of for less than a 300% markup, maybe someone can point me in the direction of an online store in the uk that actualy stocks them (although I know this is doubtful)?
In my searching I came accross this (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Saitek-Cyborg-360-Rumble-Xbox/dp/B001EYU1V4) and was wondering if maybe the d-pad is decent on it, seeing as it’s 8-directional, wheras I’m led to believe the 360 d-pad is only 4-directional… although the shape of this pads d-pad makes me wonder if it will maybe feel a bit unstable/wobble when trying to point it in precise directions.
Any input is appreciated. I hope this topic hasn’t been posted before, I did search though could only find topics on d-pads for other consoles.