Joystick, SteelSeries 3GC Controller
This controller is pretty god. It's comfortable in my hands, and it's very similiar to the PS2 controller, so it's pretty easy to get used to. However, since most games have poor gamepad support, it's nearly required to get xPadder. Other then that, it's great for just $20.
Great Controller but requires lots of configuring
So i decided i needed a controller for my pc.. what should i get? not too cheap but not too expensive. I found this great controller, it will work with most emulators (project64, virtualboyadvance, desmume etc..) and you can play it with anything you want if you use xpadder. MAKE SURE TO TURN TURBO MODE OFF, OR YOUR RIGHT STICK AND DPAD WILL NOT WORK. That's my only complaint. All in all, it's a great controller and i would definitely recommend it.
I recently just got into PC gaming. More specifically old school emulators but I also do enjoy other FPS's on PC. When I first used the controller I thought to myself "This things great, I'm getting another!". It's pretty comfortable, has rumble capabilities (perfect for n64 emulators), and has a whole mess of buttons to use. Then about an hour later of death after death I figured out that the joystick responsiveness is either full or nothing. There is no speed control for the sticks. This makes it impossible to play any game where accuracy is necessary. Even when used as a mouse you simply can't get it onto a target to click without scrolling back and forth about 5 or 6 times. You just cant push it a little bit to go slow if you catch my drift. So if you don't need the rumble feedback I would recommend the Logitech dual action controller. I really like that one especially after using this heep. .
Don't buy if you use Windows 8
I bought this controller as a upgrade from a Logitech one I was using before. I got the controller home and plugged it in only to find out that it will not work with any of my games on Steam. After some digging around online I found out that there are NO support drivers on the SteelSeries site. I also found a support article on the Windows site that stated this specific controller is NOT supported by Windows 8. It will only work correctly if you have Windows 7 or Vista or happen to find some random software hack to get the computer to recognize it properly. I plan on just going back to using my old PC controller.
Don't buy it! really...
I bought this controller just because I read the review on this site and I said "How bad could it be?" well guess what? is horrible. It feels so cheap and it doesn't do what it's suppose to! Well, I tried this on some emulators for nes and snes, some times it response, some times it doesn't, some times it does whatever the hell it wants. I was playing Street fighter 2 and I was trying to make a haduken but Ryu just kept walking forward like an idiot. In super mario bros. 3 happens the same, everything was going well, and then mario started walking forward by its own until he died (how sad). The controller it's not comfortable at all, I connected to my ps3 and guess what? It works, but just really bad, it has the same problems just like the emulators. In short words: DON'T BUY IT. (unless you're curious like me haha)
i bought this controller for really only 1 game (Nascar 2003 in case u were wondering). keeping in mind i'm using a laptop, i went to college (freshman year) and found out my dorm didn't have wifi, i started using emulators. that's when i finally found another use for this controller. it works great w/ the N64 emulators, it just needs a little configuring 1st.
i've pretty much played only on sony game systems (PS1, 2, 3 and PSP) my whole life and this controlled seems like a good match to those. there are probably better ones out there, but for $20 this is pretty good. overall i can't really complain about how it works.
The control is great. Its very much like a ps3 control and the button work great. Comfortable to hold and analogs work great. The only bad thing about it is the arrow keys. the arrow keys are like an xbox control. it would be better if it was more like an original ps3 control
Good, but could be better.
This is a great controller, but it has a few minor difficulties. I was trying to play a game, I needed to go up to the game selection, but it won't let me without having to use LOTS of speed. Either than that, great on emulators, other PC games, and an outstanding rumble feature. I say it would not be a waste of money.
Great for the casual gamer
The controller is fantastic its a tad bit hard to get used to and i don't recommend it for the hardcore gamers..........but! the controller is great for the low price and works as expected.I should point out as it dosent say anywhere on the package this but if the mode button is green then it disables everything good about the controller your going to want to keep the light red.......let me explain
Green Light:(basically a ps1 controller)
Disables any analog capability(meaning the sticks act as the d-pad)
Disables right analog stick entirely
Red Light:(Acts as a ps2 controller)
Both sticks act as should with Analog capability.
Anyways better end it here the controllers great if your looking for something cheap and easy to use but if your looking for something for the hardcore gamer consider the below recommendations.
I picked this up becuase I needed a controller to play some of my steam games on my macbook. I didn't have much time or money, and this was the cheapest option that was a full controller. First off, it says it is compatible with mac and pc. It is compatible with both, and I had no problem starting it up. Except that it says it has a rumble feature which I believe. But it tells you in the instruction booklet that to enable the rumble feature you have to download the driver at their website, so I went to their website, found the product, clicked on it, and went to downloads. Except, they didn't have the driver for mac! So I downloaded it anyways, thinking it could be one of those downloads that automactically senses what kind of os you have, I opened it up, and it was just a driver for pc it turns out. So if you have a mac, and need a controller, I reccomend this one, except don't be dissapointed that you can't use the rumble feature on it. Also in the instruction manual, it has absolutely no instructions on how to install it on your mac (but it's not like it's that hard to install, you plug it in, launch your game, and bam, your done.) So overall it's OK.