Right here we go…had an opportunity for a few hours playtesting today with this stick. First off I should mention that the instructions refer to it as the “Street Domination” Fighting stick from a company called TOPWAY (Not sure if it has been listed under this title elsewhere on the net but I couldn
t find any evidence of it- The box just says "Pro Fighting Stick"). The picture that is on the leaflet depicts another stick regularly sold on Ebay which has artwork of SNK characters from Samurai Showdown and KOF which leads me to believe these are from the same manufacturers(the layout of the stick is the same). The contents of the box are: the stick itself (Of Course), a very amusing instruction leaflet chock full of "Chinglish" Goodness and a driver CD for use on PC. The stick has 2 plugs seeing as its compatible with PS1, PS2 and PS3 a regular PS1/PS2 connector plug and a USB for PC and PS3. The LED indicator on the plug shows which controller port is connected like on a regular PS3 Dualshock 3 controller. It also has a “PS” Home Button for accessing menus and other features on the PS3.
Okay so onto the test: I tried it on the PS2 first on Street Fighter anniversary and I was more than pleased with the results. I found button inputs to be very easy and the stick to be very responsive. The stick itself seems to be of a decent quality build it is flexible enough yet quite firm at the same time and clicks with each input. Despite how fast i went switching from one move to the other and trying to link combos together it still recognised each input and didn
t miss any parts of the sequence. I then popped on Vampire: Darkstalkers Collection and KOF 94(Orochi Saga) and found the experience to be much the same. I then had a go on Final Fight on the Capcom classics collection for some side scrolling action and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then the PS3 test. I recently downloaded R-Types from the playstation store and I thought a shooter would be a good test run because of the amount of button presses involved- I found that it stood up to rapid repeated presses time after time and the rapid fire button(not a feature of the stick but an assigned button in R-types for faster fire) worked well- I blitzed through the first 3 levels before being satisfied it was okay and concluding my test. I have not yet tested the PC compatibility but plan to do that ASAP perhaps tommorow. Bottom line: The buttons and stick dont have the exact same feel as the classic cabinet (I used to own an SNK MVS 1 Slot cabinet) however they do work well and seem to respond a lot better than a lot of cheapy sticks out there.
I have not yet opened the stick to see how it would be able to be modded but will do this soon so that the more knowledgeable among you can share your opinions on that.
Here are a few Photos:-