I play MKX on stick, it works well though i do have some “issues”, i can definately see why a controller might be the preferred choice.
First of all you are required to assign all functions, so you have to assign, the stance switch, interact and throw buttons eventhough the throw can be performed by pressing 1+3 and interactables with 1+2. Unfortunately the button combination for interact(1+2) doesn’t work if you have “input shortcuts” off.
So i have input shortcuts on, i also have it on so that i can perform sub zero his slide from a crouching position.
I play Cassie and Sub-Zero, Cassie has a wierd input which i believe was also present in Injustice Killer Frost, which is a bd input, like a reverse quartercircle.
I find it easer on a controller.
ANother issue i have is that you have to release the stick to neutral during longer strings before inputing a special that begins with the same input as the string.
Example: Cassie her b12 string into her bd+3(nutcracker) special. I cannot hold back during b12 and then input the special. After inputting b12 i have to release to neutral and then go into back again for the bd+3. This feels a lot easier on a controller.
I also feel that because this game has so many directional inputs, especially doing back and forward inputs in quick succession is a lot easier on a controller.
This last issue i have has more to do witht the fact i played “hold back to block” 2d fighters, and when being in a crouching position because i’m holding down-back and pressing a normal attack i get a special attack…
Anyway i’ll keep playing on stick as playing on a controller feels too cramped for me but it i do think MK games work better on a controller.
My Stick layout:
1 BLK 2
3 INT 4
The reason i have this is because i sometimes do turn input shortcut off and have to an interact button easily accesible. The block is placed there as i hoever my hands naturally on the top row and the block can be pressed very easily and fast. I can also get and x-ray by doing, 3+blk+4. I was thinking about having blok under my thumb on he bottom row on the left but it felt wierd pressing the other buttons. Another layout had the block on top row with my ringfinger but then i would needthe stance switch button for x-ray… and i don’t want to press the 7th or 8th button for using an interactable.