I’m at a crossroads between purchasing the HRAP 3 SA (Special Addition) vs the Madcatz TE (Tournament Edition) fightstick for the PS3 and would like any advice from those who has experience using both sticks.
The only one I know who has both sticks is Markman, who gave the TE a slight edge over the HRAP3: SA in his stick ranking chart. However, he did not factor in price in his judging criteria and also factored in the cable storage capability of the TE (which is of little concern to me, but still quite cool to have).
The things that DO concern me are:
TE: Retail: 150. Final: 270 (Realistically the price I will end up paying with shipping to HK)
HRAP SA: Retail: 105. Final: 160 (After yen conversion, shipping costs, and a bribe to my friend to ship it to me from Japan to HK )
TE: We all know the difficulty of acquiring a TE. There’s pandemonium on the internet retail scene with unfulfilled backorders, overselling, failed promises, eternally changing stocking dates etc. I see TE’s trickling in here and there from physical stores but because I am not stateside at the moment, the only way I can acquire one is through a net vendor and everyone seems to be backordered till May, and who knows what might happen come that time.
HRAP SA: According to HORIstore, my stick gets shipped out on 4/30. Unlike bitchaudio.com, I do not expect them to renege on this confirmation since in Japan you must be accountable for your actions less your boss ask you to perform seppuku ???
- Dual mod ease.
I want to eventually use my ps3 stick on my friends’ xbox 360 some day. In the event that there is no lag-free converter available on the market, I’m looking to dual mod the stick. I am inept at these types of activities and would like the mod to be easy and pain-free. If anyone has experience with dual modding either stick and would like to comment on the ease/difficulty/impracticality of the procedure, please do so.
- Authentic feel of Viewlix joystick.
I’ve played SFIV on both blast city and the deluxe viewlix cabs and for some obvious reason the Viewlix cabs felt better with its plush seats and widescreen, but I am wondering if it was also better suited to my hands. Since I intend to play Tekken 6 and Blazblue as well, I am wondering if the Viewlix setup will feel awkward on these games. I guess the important question is this. Will Viewlix be the new standard and is it best to convert now? Or will blast city always be here to stay.
HRAP3SA: Sanwa button/stick (Same as viewlix), but blast city layout.
Madcatz: even though it seems they got it right this time, since its release there have been some stories of even TE’s breaking down (not to mention the absolute SE debacle.) Searching through this forum for stories, there seems to be scratches straight out of the box, buttons sticking, poor stick PC/PS3–>PS2 BC recognition etc etc. As time goes on, can we expect Madcatz poor track record to surface yet again and more product failure? They’ve already botched the product allocation and I’m a bit concerned that overall this company doesn’t have it quite together. Many seem reluctant to return their faulty sticks back because the service and turnaround time take too long.
Hori: Customer service has always been good to me, though their in-house buttons are downright SHIT. Some complaints of joystick failure are visible on SRK but not to an alarming degree.
- Seimitsu compatibility
In the future I want to try out an 8-way Seimitsu lever and buttons. I know on the HRAP3 regular edition the LS-32 stick is not compatible, but the HRAP3:SA may be different since it is top-opening and its internals may be different. Does anyone know if HRAP3:SA can take seimitsu?
HRAP3SA: According to Markman, YES.
Once again, if anyone can comment on which stick is “better” according to the criteria listed above please share your experience. If markman has updated his opinion since the initial release of the TE and factored in the small (but growing?) number of complaints, your opinion would be priceless. I am sure I can’t go wrong with either stick but since I only want one, I must make a decision with SRK’s help.
Thanks in advance~! :rolleyes: :wgrin: