PS3 Real Arcade Pro. 3-SA
- Sanwa parts used for stick lever and all buttons.
- The 8 main buttons are designed and placed on same layout as the arcades.
- Analog control switch. Stick control can be toggled to left & right stick control.
- Turbo (20times/sec) function can be set up on all buttons.
- Wide body and heavy weight gives added stability for better gameplay.
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This is a Special Addition version of high-end next generation arcade style controller. Recommended for fighting, action, shooting, FPS, and other games that are available through PlayStation Network.
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I understand there's been some concerns about the square gate the joystick uses. Let me just say that I have always been used to an octogonal gate when playing my fighting games. While I do admit it felt a bit awkward at first, I got used to it fairly quickly. The type of gate a joystick uses doesn't affect the movement commands at all. Just keep using it and it will feel right in no time. However, if you continue to have trouble with it you can always buy an octogonal restrictor plate. (I highly recommend [see comments] for all you arcade part needs.) The stick is easy enough to mod, and I believe the plate is a snap-in-snap-out kind of deal.
P.S. ALL ARCADE FIGHT STICKS THAT COME WITH A SANWA JOYSTICK INCLUDES THE SAME SQUARE PLATE!
Conclusion: If you're going for the best-of-the-best, I can't recommend a better fight stick than this one. The only thing the Mad Catz Tournament Editon Stick really has over this is that compartment for the cord, which is admittedly cool. But with backwards compatibility and, at the time of this review, a $10 cheaper price tag, your arcade fight stick of choice should definately be the Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 SA. Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to play more Marvel Vs. Capcom 2.
Needless to say, I received the controller today and have been using it with Blazblue, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and many different arcade games through MAME on my PC and I love it. Fighting games are VERY fun to play, and I don't find the square gate to be any hindrance at all, but you do have to rethink the motions of certain moves. For example, a Haduken in Street Fighter changes from a semicircle motion to more of a U-shaped movement due to the square gate. I have found the square gate to be extremely annoying with just about any game I've played through MAME other than shmups and puzzle games. Classics like Galaga and Pac-Man are quite frustrating, but that's a given since those games used an old 4-way stick.
The build of the controller is excellent, much better than I had expected. It weighs around 6-7 pounds and works nicely on a hard surface or in your lap. The construction is very solid and feels like a lot of love was put into the design of this thing. The cord could be a bit longer, but one can always use a USB extension cord if more length is needed.
Originally, I planned to buy the Sony PS3 Street Fighter IV FightStick Tournament Edition , but after doing a little bit of research I found that it only worked on PC's with Intel motherboard chipsets, which was not good as my computer has an Nvidia chip. I'm glad that I found that bit of information, as if I hadn't I would have bought the controller (which is currently $30 more expensive than this Hori stick) and also have to buy a PCI USB card with a compatible VIA chipset, costing me much more than the $90 I paid for this.
Overall I am very satisfied with this controller and plan to recommend it to anybody who wants an arcade stick for PS3 or PC.