Xbox 360 Street Fighter IV FightPad - Chun-Li
- Enlarged circular 8-way floating D-Pad
- 6-button layout with additional multi-speed Turbo functionality
- 3-way switch enables D-Pad to also function as left or right analog stick
- Integrated headset port for use with Xbox LIVE®
- 9.8 Ft. (3m) Cable connects to console via USB
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I have played with many, many d-pads over the years, and I can say hands down that the best one ever made was the one for the Sega Saturn, specifically the Japanese version. Playing Marvel vs Capcom with that controller is about as close as you can get to 2D fighting game nirvana :) This new Madcatz Fightpad is supposedly modeled off of the Saturn controller. Is it really that good? Well, not quite, but it's still very good. Special moves can be pulled off like butter, and some will say it's actually a little too sensative, because you end up pulling off dragon punches by accident. The d-pad itself is very 'floaty', but I really like it. Needless to say, it is a HUGE improvement over the standard 360 d-pad
At this point, I'm sure some of you are wondering if it's really worth paying $40 for this controller to play SFIV with. Well, let me tell you that this controller also works wonders with some of the more 'retro' style XBLA games, especially Pacman CE. I tried it with this controller and I have a much easier time controlling it than I do on the regular 360 pad.Read more ›
CONS: The controller has a diagonal that you REALLY need to get used to. Blocking low, for instance, sometimes doesn't happen at all. I'll be in the middle of a block string then get hit because I'm not pressing down and back. When throwing shoto fireballs, you can't just spam them and hit Down to Forward. You basically have to use the outer edge of the circular pad to make sure that the DownForward also gets inputted.
PROS: Pretty much the rest of the pad is a pro. The buttons are laid out very nicely so that you can easily do throws, focus attacks or combos. The d-pad is designed very well so that you can easily slide your thumb from one area to another. I had no problems with jumping forward issues at all (just fireballs). People complain about the shoulder buttons for being cheap but I love them because they respond perfectly just with a tap. I like wired controllers because I don't have to worry about batteries and this one has a nice, long 10 ft cable.
So after reading some reviews on different products, I thought I'd give the Madcatz fightpad a try. When I received the package, I already had a gut-feeling that it was no good. This was confirmed moments later as I tried to play with it.
1) The diagonals were very difficult to locate and I couldn't hit them with any consistency. Very bad news in a fighting game. I found that I had to hit a precise 30 degree angle from the down position to get down-back, and that should be 45 degrees, not 30. But this could have been a defect in the particular controller I got, and might not be an issue in others.
2) However, I'm sure for all of these controllers, the feel of the pad would be the same. The floating Dpad is very loosey-goosey. While this makes it very easy to throw fireballs, any slight pressure will move you away from your intended position. So if you needed to hold back to block, you might accidentally jump or duck.
3) The construction/material of the controller feels very light and cheap. This wouldn't have bothered me too much if the controller worked great but it didn't, and this only added to my disappointment.
I really like the layout of this controller. The buttons and d-pad are perfect for me. The killer for this controller is the d-pad, it just doesn't work. I read about this controller having a lot of problems, I figured maybe these problems have been fixed by now, but apparently I was wrong.
The diagonals on this controller just don't work. I have this controller plugged into my computer, I can see the input of the directions I press as I press them, I am getting real-time feedback on it. When I press each diagonal on the d-pad, it doesn't always register a diagonal. What it registers is either right, left, up, or down. If I press down HARD on the diagonal, I may get a diagonal command, but ONLY if I press hard on the diagonal, and it will ALWAYS register another direction first BEFORE it registers the diagonal. There's an arrow located on the d-pad for each direction. Up, down, left, right, and the diagonals all have arrows. When I press a diagonal arrow, it goes in a different direction. Huh? If I press the DOWN-RIGHT arrow, it goes RIGHT, and not DOWN-RIGHT.
Some examples: If I press UP-RIGHT on the d-pad, it registers RIGHT. If I tap UP-RIGHT fast on the d-pad, it will iregister RIGHT and only sometimes will it register UP-RIGHT. If I press down hard on UP-RIGHT, it will register RIGHT and then it might register UP-RIGHT.
It never registers only the diagonals first, it will always register another direction first. UP-RIGHT will always execute RIGHT first, DOWN-RIGHT will always execute RIGHT first, UP-LEFT will always execute LEFT first, DOWN-LEFT will always execute LEFT first.
I can NEVER execute just a diagonal command. I tried this many times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It starts peeling quite fast on the back, just from gripping it. The rest works well. If you're serious about the game I'd say get a stick instead.Published 21 months ago by Macky
A great controller for fighting games of any kind. Only one problem for me was I felt like I had to break in the D-Pad but after that its fine. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Ray Nieto
This is probably the best controller I've ever used.
This controller is very well-built, and has the best D-pad on a controller, period. Read more
This product was well worth it. The dpad feels very normal as if u were still playing on your regular controller but with actual better presicision in movement. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by ps
This product works very well if you play emulation games on the PC (Mame), and works well with many Windows Games just like if you're playing it on the console. Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by mark
I've been a big fighting game fan since the SNES/Genesis days and I've always played them on home consoles. Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by Troid
I have tried many times to play fighting games on an Xbox 360 controller, and my thumb has always wound up hating me for it. Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by Tim B.
The SF4 FightPad is a pretty good value for about 30 dollars, my only compliant with this item is that the buttons are rather stiff at first, but after a few matches they started... Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by Chumbawumba