Ok so here is my huge rant on the Hitbox! I’ll start off with the cons as the list is huge!
Cons with the ordering process:
I ordered a black hitbox and requested Green and Blue buttons. I got a confirmation email from Shawn Huffer stating “I’ve reviewed your box and it will be shipping tomorrow morning! (It looks nice by the way)” thus confirming my request. I received my hitbox today and I ended up with a generic white hitbox. I can’t even believe they screwed up the SKU of their own product!! Moreover, the fun doesn’t stop here! The guy who assembled the hitbox didn’t screw on the cover properly. Two screws were put in crooked and the guy chipped the cover twice, one for each screw. He even left the screws crooked and shipped it chipped … WTF!
If you live in Canada, expect it to take a while to ship, probably 2 weeks which isn’t so bad. The bad part is that when it comes, expect to pay a $30 customs fee!!
Pros with the ordering process:
Shawn Huffer seems polite when you talk with him via email.
The thing came bubble wrapped along with plastic water bottles along the sides so that the stick wouldn’t shift around in a standard shipping box.
Onto using the Hitbox for Fighting games
I play fighting games mainly with my PS3 pad … I feel most comfortable with it, but I also play with a TE MVC3 stick which I’m getting better at. I am no slouch on the pad due to MVC2 MSP. Over many years I learned how to perform MSS combos. I use the pad because I feel that I block better with it however my execution isn’t as good as when I’m on my stick. On a stick, I have trouble blocking teleport mixups in MVC3 as I sometimes don’t put the stick high enough to block high. I figured I’d order a Hitbox to get best of both worlds.
If you have fast input then the hitbox is NOT for you! I found that I had to slow it down so that inputs would come out properly on the hitbox. Entering qcf, and dp motions are a breeze but when it comes to hcf, tks, and 360’s or 720’s, its a giant pain. You need to slow it down. There is a video on the hitbox website which shows someone entering in 720’s with Gief … its easy to do in training mode, but when you are playing against a friend or online, don’t expect the inputs to come out properly. If you are like me and when the hype meter goes through the roof and your inputs get extremely fast, the Hitbox is your worst nightmare! There is also a video of some storm combos and as as storm user, I can say that having a button for up is extremely helpful.
Please note: I’ve been only experimenting with the Hitbox for about 3 hours and these are my general impressions. I find if you are using a pad and want to transition then going to a stick is easier than the Hitbox. I’m about to email Shawn Huffer with my complaint, and I’m interested in his response.
My advice: Consider a stick over a hitbox first. If you have money to shell out, buy both and see which one you like or find someone who has one or the other and try it out. When you view tourneys on Twitch.Tv or Justin.Tv … just note that there is a reason why most of the people there are using sticks and not Hitboxes! Also, I wouldn’t trust the reviews on Hitbox’s main web site. Of course they are going to put amazing reviews which I currently feel are fabricated to some extent.
I’d like to end off comparing the money I shelled out for each.
Hitbox costed me $200 USD + 30 CAD for Cusotoms fee so roughly $230+ CAD. Shipped in sub par packaging with a broken cover and the wrong color.
MVC3 TE stick cost me $161.21 CAD with 20% discount applied. Shipped with amazing packaging and best of all, not broken! It came faster as well with no customs fee since I ordered it from the gameshark store.
Shoutouts to Spooky for his hard work and dedication to the scene, Yipes for godly commentary, Combofiend for BIONIC ARRRMMMMM!!! and J.Wong who I’ve respected since I met him at Orbitz in P.mall a long time ago as he bodied me in MVC2.