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Xbox 360 WWE All Stars Brawl Stick
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
Okay first a review of the stock controller.

Good
1. It's nice and heavy. All around solid feel.
2. 8 button layout.
3. Long quick disconnect cord.
4. Can switch D-pad to Left or Right analog stick.
5. Price. I got this for $31 shipped.
6. Can be easily modded, see below

Take or leave
1. Start and Back buttons are not on top, but in the front, slightly recessed.
2. Can lock the panel above stick. If you really want to.
3. Has turbo, if you're into that stuff.
4. Can plug in your XBL headset, but you need to use included cheesy adapter. Hard to switch between controllers. Why not just make it like the stock controllers?

Bad
1. Buttons feel mushy. Feels like there's a cushion of air underneath them. I did not use them long because I hear they have a high failure rate. They are plenty sensitive right out the box though.
2. Stick is low quality. Although it has a solid feel, it's hard to get it to register the four corners of it's square gate consistently. I'd rate the stick not even as good as my old Hori EX2.
3. Artwork is terrible. You've got to be a big time wrestling fan to appreciate something like this, and then you're probably playing with a pad anyway. I bet they would sell twice as many of these if they had just a plain white face..

Modding.
Okay, now if you're buying this to Mod, it's one of the best sticks out there. The big solid body makes it easy to open it up and mess around in there. Buttons and stick can be changed without soldering. I purchased this stick for $31, 3 sanwa buttons for $14, and a Seimitsu Stick for $22, all shipped. I also spent $4 to put my own custom artwork on the face. So for around $75 I have a stick that's better IMO, than the ultra expensive SF4 sticks.

Even if you're not a modder type, you can do this easily. It's way harder to build something out of wood or draw a picture. I compare doing this mod with building legos or something.. search for "brawl stick how to arcade parts" or something.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2011
This stick is decent for the price, but it certainly has its problems. It's more a matter of getting what you pay for, but I'll get to that later.

Certain features work as advertised. The lock/unlock switch is nice, but you have to do some wild mashing to hit that guide button, as it's pretty far removed from the stick and buttons. I've never had to use this feature, but it's nice if you mash it out to a serious degree. I personally haven't used the turbo-function, as using turbo anything is typically frowned upon. The stick is also pretty weighty. They aren't joking when they say that the Brawl stick sports a "heavy metal base." It gives the Brawl stick a very solid feel, and it won't move in your lap during heated, mash-tastic gameplay.

My gripe lies with the buttons. I will say that the stock stick is fairly responsive and accurate, but I had problems with the buttons after about a week of normal play. The buttons were responsive and sensitive at first (though perhaps a bit mushy), but soon a couple of the buttons began getting stuck. While I'm sure that some people will get a lot of life out of the stock buttons, I imagine that just as many will encounter problems with the buttons eventually, and these problems may arise sooner than expected.

I've never modded a fight stick before, so this gave me an excuse to try a small mod. I purchased some Seimitsu screw-in buttons and got them in without any problems whatsoever. There's plenty of videos and forums online that have instructions for modding this stick. The only tools I needed to swap the buttons were a screwdriver and a cloth to help me with gripping the quick disconnects on the stock buttons. Modding takes a slight bit of bravery though, as it voids your warranty, so you shouldn't mod if you don't feel too good about breaking the rules, or if you don't think that you're capable of pulling the mod off without damaging your fight stick.

Still, this stick is widely regarded as being very easy to mod, and it's perfect for people who don't want to pay TE prices, yet want to have the option of dropping TE quality parts down the road.

With that said, modding out one of these sticks can get expensive. I purchased this stick when it was being sold for $60, and the buttons cost me another $30. I also recently purchased a Sanwa joystick and ball-top, which is another $30. I'm basically spending $120 dollars on this stick. So, compared to the Mad Catz TE, I'm really only saving about $20-$30 dollars.

If you're a casual player and you're looking for a stick for some light play, then this stick fits the part. If you're looking to save a few bucks, and are handy with a screwdriver, then you have a solid platform that can be made into a TE-quality stick. But if you're looking for a stick that will take a lot of abuse over the long-term, then this probably isn't the stick for you. If you want a stick that's high-quality out of the box, without any modding required, you may want to consider dropping a few extra bucks for a TE, or perhaps one of the pricier Hori sticks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2013
I was lucky enough to purchase this item at $30 and am still extremely happy about the purchase.. Right now (07/20/13), it is selling for 70.00 which is way too overpriced. This item as a stock unit just isn't worth it. The buttons are cheap and the joystick as well. For about $45 you can buy 6 sanwa buttons and a joystick. Modding this thing is extremely simple, so don't be discouraged (It takes less than an hour to swap everything out the first time). The unit itself is a great weight and size, but you NEED to mod it. This puts the price tag of this thing currently around the $115 mark after modding, and at that price you can get a decent fight stick without having to swap out the parts.

One last thing; if you do buy this item, changing the cover art is easy, and also fun. I actually bought another one of these (For $30) just because I liked adding my own cover art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
Heard these were going for $20 at gamestop, but none of the ones around me carried them. Paid $50 for it here. Received mine with an intermittent gate on the stick, so execution is pretty bad in that corner. I knew that these weren't going to be Japanese Sanwa parts, but I would still hope everything functions on the stick. Just beware when buying. All in all, if you want a cheap stick with some hilarious artwork to just start out before trying to invest $150+ on a pro stick, go with this as it's the only cheaper option. Then once you know what you're doing, you should start switching to Sanwa parts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2012
The stick simply didn't work. All the buttons were OK but the stick wouldn't move. I have owned this kind of MadCatz stick before and bought this one cause mine one stolen, defective fresh out of the box.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
Think of this as less of a controller and more of a kit - ideally, you're picking this up because you're looking at the joystick modding scene and someone recommended this to you as a good platform for mods. I'll say it's great for a lot of that, especially as you have something workable while you gather up your parts, though it has a few caveats.

To keep this subsidized (ideally, you're also picking the stick up during a sale, and if not I'd suggest waiting for one) Mad Catz has to at least PRETEND to keep people from hacking it up. For joystick mods, you will have to break off some glue they used to secure the plate and connector. You'll likely have to buy adapter plates if you're using Seimitsu sticks, and you'll need a crash course in rewiring if you get one that takes quick disconnects instead of the 5-pin molex jack. You will likely need a lot of goo gone and patience if you want to change the panel art, and the bent panel means you don't get the luxury of doing an acrylic panel either. Replacing buttons is in fact probably the easiest thing to perform on this stick, as the default ones are basic snap-ins with quick disconnects. Last but not least, the screws are cheap, so you need to be careful or have replacements right off the bat because they WILL strip to unusability in short order.

If you're a beginning modder and you like a challenge, this is a perfect stick to play with! If you're just looking for a stick - ANY stick - to use straight off, sure okay this would work. If you're expecting pro parts right out or want a friendlier, more versatile platform to mod on, save your cash.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
As soon as I recieved this stick I opened it and started replacing the crappy parts with good sanwa parts and the horrible artwork on the stick. These sticks are perfect for people who spend less then an hour or two playing fighting games but for people like me who play hours and hours at a time when they have days off then its not for you......unless you swap out the parts.
I would however tell anyone looking for a good allright beginning stick to purcharse this specific one
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on October 7, 2013
This item is perfect for those looking to make a custom fight stick.
I swapped the buttons and joystick with genuine Sanwa parts and I couldn't be happier.
You can even find templates online to replace the lame WWE artwork.
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on September 11, 2013
Very good budget stick for beginners...has precise inputs as should be. only thing i would change is the location of the startl/select button, other than that, very good stick.
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on July 29, 2013
worked for a week and the button circuit board burned up for the B button spend your money on something better
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