(http://superstreetfighteriv.gameshark.com/ps3-fight-sticks.asp) Designed to recreate the quality, gameplay and precision found within arcades, the Super Street Fighter IV FightStick Tournament Edition “S” controller for PS3 is a much needed bonus for fighting games fans. The controller impresses mostly for its authentic Sanwa arcade parts and solid construction. It is officially licensed by Capcom® coming in both white and black for PS3 and Xbox 360. But one might ask, is it worth $150?

(http://superstreetfighteriv.gameshark.com/ps3-fight-sticks.asp) Designed to recreate the quality, gameplay and precision found within arcades, the Super Street Fighter IV FightStick Tournament Edition “S” controller for PS3 is a much needed bonus for fighting games fans. The controller impresses mostly for its authentic Sanwa arcade parts and solid construction. It is officially licensed by Capcom® coming in both white and black for PS3 and Xbox 360. But one might ask, is it worth $150?

The fight stick is well balanced, not too heavy so you can place it on your lap without moving around a lot when playing. Weighing for about 6.5 lb and measured 10” (vertical) x 16” (horizontal) x 2.75” (height), it seems as if a chunk of an arcade machine was cut out and modified for home use. The spacing between buttons is just exactly the same as the one at an arcade machine. The awesome graphics is featured on the surface of the pad underneath a very well built plexi glass top. It does not give me any discomfort or have any sharp edges poking around. Edition “S” gets its “S” for its slimmer body, but that does not have any real impact on the way the stick plays, only makes for a better looking body. The body is connected to the console via a lag free USB and conveniently stored in the storage compartment for efficient cable management.

The fight stick plays well, just as it is advertised. This fight stick features the same solid construction as the original. Very responsive and precise, it gives you absolute control over the characters and maximum resemblance of the original arcade gameplay experience. The authentic Sanwa Denshi joystick and buttons are not concave like most of the US arcade machines. Instead, they are Japanese styled, light and sensitive. None of the game’s special moves were particularly difficult to pull off with the Sanwa joystick. The extra-sensitive buttons also make it quiet easy to start up Chun-Li’s lightning kicks and E. Honda’s hundred hand slap. The two extra buttons at the end are set to mirror the functionality of all three punch or kick buttons by default. You can either choose to hit the three buttons the old-fashioned way or just hit the end button once. Besides, there is an additional multi-speed Turbo functionality, a controller lock/unlock switch to prevent accidental button pressings and a 3-way switch enables the joystick to function as left or right analog stick or D-Pad.

 

However, this fight stick might be a relatively large investment, so I would recommend it for serious gamers. But if you are willing to pay a little bit more for complete satisfaction, the Super Street Fighter IV fight stick Tournament Edition “S” controller will be an excellent companion to the game and a great collectible. In short, it is an exquisite fight stick with unsurpassed built and quality you can expect from Mad Catz.

 

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