MadCatz TE2+ (PS4) - A piece of crap?


#1

Hi,

I recently started with BemUs and started to looking for an Arcadestick. I am highly infected with all this modding talk here.

Anyway, in Germany they recently released the MadCatz TE2+ and I have it at home along with a HRAP VLX 4, still to decide which one to keep. At the moment it’s the TE2+ with Hayabusa stick modding. Anyway, my first thoughts on the TE2+ were: What a quality piece of stick. It’s sturdy, build from high quality components and easy to mod.

And then I read the reviews on amazon.de and now I am confused. There are two 5-star-ratings, praising the high quality of the stick, but also 3 1-star-ratings blaming the stick for its really cheap building and the weak creaking case.

How comes the impressions are so far apart? Am I totally unaware of quality?


#2

Why are you reading reviews, like you said you own the stick and like it.


#3

It uses quality parts. If you like the feel and features of the case, ignore complainers.


#4

#5

Reviews on Amazon can be written by anyone, unsurprisingly most of Amazon Reveiwers are not that knowledgeable.


#6

It’s the lock mechanism that causes the creaking, not the case or the plexi. Everything is built solid. The 2 halves of the lock mechanism are made from plastic with a gloss finish and when the lid is closed, they rub together witch causes the creaking noise. You can fix this creaking with a bit of tape, see my [thread](Mad Catz TE2+ Creeking Noise Fix


#7

Bought the stick last weekend but haven’t had a chance to properly play it. First impressions - buttons and stick feel good, and the case is fine for being plastic.

But it is plastic. Having played an etokki Omni for the past 3 years, and the red VLX before that, it does feel a little cheap in that regard.


#8

I received mine today and have been putting it through the paces. I have no issues with it at the moment. It’s a solid stick. No creaking either but I’m playing with it in my lap.


#9

I agree with that. I could compare it directly to a Kuro VLX and the VLX is the better case, but other parts of it feel cheaper compared to the TE2+ (cable’s case, buttons besides the Kuros). But the case of a VLX is rock solid, because that’s, what makes them special, if you ask me.

I think I will keep the TE2+, because I just like it better, but maybe I will mod it with Hayabusa-Parts, since I like the stick more and maybe the buttons, once I can get a hold of them here in Germany.


#10

Recent Madcatz products have been kangaroo turds, stay away until further notice.