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Mad Catz SoulCalibur V Arcade FightStick SOUL Edition for Playstation 3
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Change
Price:$239.78 - $268.65

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
I am an avid fighting game fan and had previously bought the Hori pro fight stick (Soul Caliber Ironically) right when it came out. I was comparing it side by side with this product and ended up with the Hori. At the time they were both identical in price ($150) and the Hori offered a couple extra buttons and options (namely the L3 & R3 buttons). Whether or not I would utilize the extra features didn't matter - it was more for the same money.

I happened to see this product on sale one day for about $75 and immediately purchased it. I had wanted a second pro fight stick anyway so I could play with friends when they came over (me on the fight stick and them on the six axis wasn't exactly fair) and this was the perfect opportunity.

To quickly compare this against the Hori - they both use the same professional brand buttons and joystick, so no difference there. The Hori is a bigger box, size and weight, so if you're putting it on a table, it's a little sturdier. The Hori unit, despite being a Soul Caliber motif, actually has a more traditional, six axis style button layout - so perfect for Street Fighter, but would need to be reassigned for Soul. The Hori also has a 10' cord. This Mad Catz has a 13' cord and let me tell you, it makes ALL the difference. I didn't realize what a big deal that extra 3' would be, but it's a big deal. A+ for the 3 extra feet. The Mad Catz is a smaller and lighter box, so it's more comfortable when holding in your lap vs. table top. The Mad Catz also has the official Soul button layout, so to play other games you have to reassign the buttons - no big deal, just different.

Maybe simply because it's newer to me, who knows, but I've actually been using this stick more than the Hori. I like that it's lighter, smaller, and has the extra length for slack in the cord. Play-wise, they are identical. They are the exact same components, so they feel exactly the same. The graphics on this (and the clear plastic) is much flashier than the Hori, but that's just aesthetics. The only thing I would criticize all fight sticks on is button spacing. They all have wide button spacing. I don't have the biggest hands and I get finger fatigue after a while - both sticks. I'm sure I'm in the minority on that one, but I'll put it out there. Just have to build my own one day! That's it, killer product!

P.S. This fight stick (the Hori as well) is AWESOME for retro arcade gaming. I'm sure you, just as I, would most likely purchase a fight stick primarily for fighting games, but for retro gaming (a la Capcom, Midway, Namco, etc.) these sticks take you right back to the arcade like a six axis never could!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
This is my first real arcade stick. I have used cheap little ones in the past from Hong Kong, but they were more like toys. For my first real stick, I must say that I am very satisfied with this.

It is much larger and heavier than I expected. That may sound bad, but it is actually a good thing for this. It keeps it from sliding around when you are using it. It stays in place very well, both when you use it in your lap and when you have it on a desk.

The stick feels looser than what I thought it would be. But from what I understand, that is normal. After using it for a little while, it became much more comfortable and I haven't had any problems with it. The buttons also feel like very high quality. They don't stick at all and are quite sensitive. Everything about the stick seems very sturdy, like it will last a long time.

The art is very nice. It is colorful and bright. I don't know much about Soul Calibur, but I think the art is of characters from the game. I have mostly been using this for King of Fighters 13, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, and Virtua Fighter 5. I haven't had any problems with any of them. The controls do take some getting used to after using a controller all my life. But I am greatly enjoying it and am acclimating to it quickly.

The stick is expensive, but from what I understand, $99 is actually a good deal for a stick of this great quality. If you are a big fighting game fan and want to upgrade from a controller to a stick, this is a nice way to start. It makes me feel like I'm using a real arcade cabinet. Highly reccomend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
Been using it for 2 months now, It may be me or i'm too old to get use to the stick after many many years on the controller. Mainly using this for SF and MCV3 and some combo's are easier to do on the stick and others are easier on the controller. I guess it just comes down to what your preferences are.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
This is a high quality arcade fightstick . Once you get used to the Sanwa JLF - if you have never played on a japanese style machine, you might have some trouble here - you will certainly improve your fighting game experience.
It is not so heavy, so you can comfortably play with on your lap. It will also stay steady. I plugged it to my notebook (Intel mobo) and it was recognized as "Madcatz Fightstick TE" and worked perfectly.

Cons:

- Once you use it, it will be difficult to put the usb cable back inside its compartment;
- Since it was design to play SC V, the button config is a little bit strange.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
Summary 4/5 Stars

Pros:
Solid design
Nice artwork
Ball at the top of the stick spins
4 "corners" in the stick help you know where you are
Has ability to emulate the Left Stick, the Right Stick or the D-pad
Turbo is simple and intuitive
Works well with other non fighter arcade style titles

Cons:
Compartment door where the cord is stored is flimsy

This is my first fight stick to purchase, and I am quite happy with what I got. The unit is quite sturdy and heavy, but not overly so. I expected the stick to have 8 "corners" inside but it only has 4, which turns out to be just fine. The only complaint that I have is that the door on the area in the back where the cord is stored is flimsy and seems like it's going to break when I have to stuff the cord back into it. I wish they had made that a little sturdier. Aside from that compartment, I'm really happy with this purchase. I've already significantly improved my game - you won't believe what a difference a good stick like this makes.
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on July 26, 2014
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
Oh man where to begin. I guess the price; it was only $100 bucks when I got it(hope its still the same) but this thing is worth $300. If you're a Soul Caliber fan you need to buy this. Even if you still prefer the controller(as I do) it's worth having as a show piece. It's freakin beautiful. Heck I have the box it came in on display. It's also very durable. I can't recommend this enough. By far the best thing MadCatz has ever made.
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on April 27, 2014
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
Great stick for fighting games. Cable is plenty long for reaching your favorite seat
In the largest of rooms. The bottoms are very crisp and responsive
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on April 24, 2014
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
Everything worked, even when I got this used. Makes playing fighting games fun, except having to re-learn with muscle memory, other than that really great for the price I got it at.
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on January 29, 2014
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
You can NOT play "corner" games with restrictor plate inside the controller.
It is square plate. You can not control moves because when you move
leftUp you go left down and loose life. But, there is a quick fix to it.
There is one very good web page explaining restrictor plates and
behavior of all types of restrictors in different game settings.
I found similar restrictor plate like
Sanwa GT-Y Octagonal Restrictor Plate for JLF Joysticks
advertised here at amazon. I could get better
deal somewhere else, just research. Save few bucks.
I bought circle and
octagonal plates. It was other make than sanwa, but the
plastic looked same. Did not break, yet.
Now I can play my favorites mame like Lady Bug, Galaga, Amidar,
Rock'nRope, Moonlight Crest from 80ies.
It's just not so attractive now as then because
you can set unlimited lives(press tab for cheats),
but still takes mind back to days.
Save some coins. The main point, as I could see on youtube
is that you can easily replace stick, contacts, and restrictor.
And, if you are going to have it for long time, why not pay
for this as picture colors will not fade. You can replace buttons
for colored ones easily as well, I believe it, didn't try.
Provided other parts do not fail, you can easily repair the controller.
The screw driver to take off the controller plate is special one.
The screw driver does not have octagonal form as the
holes look like. I was frustrated because none of my 4 dozen of
screwHeads did not match, then I said why not try square
screwhead,
and it worked. I thank a guy who left review here somewhere
how easy is to replace restrictor gate. It has helped a lot, thanks.
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on January 25, 2014
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Verified Purchase
Had mine since September. Best bang for your buck. Only thing is you'll have to config buttons for SSFIV. The way the buttons are set up are great for UMvC3, though. Same with Guilty Gear. Also, it's pretty.
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