What is the best 'out of the box' arcade pad?


#1

Hi all.

Long story short: I’ve been playing on console controllers for years since SFII, and I recently decided that I want to get an arcade stick for my PS2. Because I don’t have the slightest clue as to how to mod one and reading guides would probably make things more confusing, I want to buy a decent pre-built one. That said, what is the best pre-built arcade stick? I’ve tried looking around and searching this forum, and my only guess would be a hori stick. But, any insight and help would be most appreciated. Thanks.


#2

If you perfer American parts, MAS is generally considered the best arcade stick maker.

http://www.massystems.com/ProStick.html

You can get them at aftermarket sellers for a bit cheaper than from MAS.

http://www.estarland.com/index.asp?page=Playstation2&cat=&product=18432&q=

The problem is, MAS is currently pretty back-logged due to all the tournaments coming up. Many are reporting 2 month+ waits for their sticks right now.

As far as Japanese part sticks, yes Hori’s are what people usually use, though from what I understand, people usually mod the out-of-the box hori’s with different parts. I can’t tell you too much more about this as I perfer American parts, so I haven’t really looked into it. I do know that finding PS2 hori sticks is starting to get a bit hard as hori is phasing out the PS2 line for the new PS3 line. I’m sure if you look around a bit you can find them though.

Me personally, I found myself in the same boat as you. I need a stick; these pads aren’t cutting it anymore. However, I’m not prepared to wait 2 months for a MAS. I want to enjoy the stick over summer. I started looking into a home build and was surprized to find out how easy it really is. This site gives a good general overview of the process and even has templates for the boxes:

http://nuclearplayground.com/joysticks/


#3

If u like american parts go with mass, or get a custom built stick from one of the builders here. If u like jap sticks hrap is ur best stock stick, they usually sell for 100-150 depending on where u get it. I bought mine from ebay it cost me like 96.00 with the shipping included. Honestly that’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen the hrap1 for.