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PS3 Fighting Stick V3
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- The newest fighting stick model for PS3
- Pursuit of the authentic arcade experience
- Turbo function included
- Sleek and spacious body provides stability
- Stick control toggle switch
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Platform: PlayStation 3
Top Customer Reviews
Pros: This fightstick is made for the PS3 and the PC. My windows 7 was able to recognize the fightstick once it was plugged in. The buttons and joystick may not be of Sanwa descent, however, they are very responsive and have a quality feeling. Overall, the fightstick has some heft and will more than do for newcomers like me into the game fighting scene.
Cons: None really; I ordered overnight shipping and ONTRAC cut it a bit close on the delivery but I got it as promised.
Overall, its a good buy for the price and performance. $59.99+Shipping isn't bad for a quality fightstick.
Additionally, the Hori stick feels shorter and less stiff (that's what she said) than a Happ competition stick, although so far I kind of prefer the feel of the Happ over the Hori. The Hori stick also tracks on a square gate so you can feel the corners, as opposed to the Happ competition stick where it feels smooth in all directions (octo gate). I just think it'll take some getting used to.
If you're used to Japanese (Sanwa / Seimitsu) arcade layouts with the curved button layout, the closer proximity between buttons and stick, the 30mm diameter pushbuttons, and square-gated motion, then the Hori Fighting Stick V3 will make you feel at home. Additionally, if you're hardcore like the top players in SFIII:3S or any other fighting game you should choose to play, I've heard that this stick specifically is made to be moddable, where the button holes exactly fit Sanwa snap-on pushbuttons, and the stick can be swapped out with a Sanwa JLF stick with flat mounting plate. I've seen pictures of it done without any soddering. You'll just need to crimp some wire, yank out a PCB (where the buttons are) and connect using crimp quick connects. I haven't done it myself, but if I do and it's successful, I'll update this review.
The build quality of the stick is quite excellent. I feel like the stick has actually gotten better with the wear I've put on it. Having a square gate, with some wear it is now a smoother experience doing 360 moves (really only 270 degrees in SF2, 225 in SF4). The only moves I have difficulty with using the square gate would be double fireball motions for super moves. You can certainly do them, I just have some difficulty with consistency with the square feel. DP motions are excellent and charge characters awesome as well.
My kids have also dropped it a few times (much to my dismay), even face down on the stick from about 3 feet off the counter. This thing doesn't even care. It still looks and works like new. The buttons don't have quite the arcade feel and snap, but they are certainly very responsive and they more than do their job.
TLDR: This stick is an awesome quality and by far the best performance-to-price ratio fight stick I could find. It is very durable, fits nicely on my lap while I sit at my PC, and controls great on even the most finicky of fighting games (I'm looking at you SFA2!)
But, you may ask... what makes it better than its predecessors? And, for that matter, what about the direct competitor, Mad Catz SE/WWE Brawl stick? Between the EX 2 and FS 3 and Mad Catz SF4 SE/WWE Brawl stick, the FS V3 has the benefit of being the perfect horizontal size. There is enough space on the sides of the stick for you to rest your hands. Plus, it's made with high-quality Hori parts. Or, if you prefer putting your fight stick on a tabletop, this thing does NOT budge.
The real magic of this is its potential. Inside the stick, the PCB and wiring is VERY clean. VERY easy to change parts out if you see fit.
However... there is one glaring thing I MUST point out. The Hori buttons are SOLDERED onto a PCB. Yes, it makes changing the buttons out is a bit of a pain.
Even novice modders can handle this. With a soldering iron and a solder sucker, you can simply remove the PCB from the buttons. At that, you can easily snap out the buttons and pop in your own Sanwa/Seimitsu buttons!
If you're like me, you're going to want to go with quick disconnects instead of RE-soldering the PCB back onto the buttons. That'll require some 22-guage wire, a bag of .110 quick disconnects, and a wire cutter/crimper.
As for the joystick, the Hori default in this stick is VERY good and changing out the restrictor plate is quite simplistic, as all it really takes is unscrewing the current square gate piece and replacing it with any Sanwa brand restrictor plate.
Yes, sounds like a lot of work. But, it really isn't.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
While definitely cheap, it's a great first stick and allows you to dial into muscle memory thats easily exchangable to a higher level stick. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Quinnjdq
Great stick for beginning players. For its price, it does its job well. 6 buttons instead of 8 may or may not fly well with you.Published 5 months ago by Martin Hoang
It works fine for a six button stick to get use to. Maybe it was just my stick but after about a week of using the stick does seem to drop off and stop responding sometimes.Published 5 months ago by J_W
Degraded and eventually stopped working after a few months. Haven't popped it open to see what the issue is.Published 6 months ago by Ross Swartz
Before this, I never really played on a stick, but a thumb injury forced me to either give up on my fighting games, or make a switch after 20+ years of playing on a pad. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ray B.
Worked well for a little under 6 months, then the PCB suddenly fried. Relatively cheap handiwork but was working respectably until it broke.Published 13 months ago by Furyhunter