Official Street Fighter IV FightPad for Sony PS3
Broken out of the box
I sadly write this review to inform the world that my expectations of Mad Catz Fightpad controller for the PS3 did not disappoint. I broke down and bought the controller when I found out that I missed the boat for one of the big boys, after talking myself past the negative opinion I have harbored towards MAD CATZ since 1995 and the PS1. Unfortunately, they still deliver the same garbage in packaging that I expected. The controller is great looking, great feeling, and the buttons and pad feel ready to lay the smackdown to anyone unfortunate enough to play across from it. To my dismay, it was the consumer who got smacked down, as the D-Pad did not respond even well enough to make it through the XMB menu on the PS3. Directions would stick, or not respond at all; and the buttons appeared to just be for show, as they did not respond half the time they were pushed. I am taking this back first thing today, but I do not expect any different results when I open the second controller. There will not be a third.
Not too shabby....
The fightpad makes fighting games much more enjoyable by making it easier to pull off combos, super moves and makes your character more agile. The controller has a much better D-pad than the stock controllers and makes the gameplay feel better by having 6 buttons on the face of the controller instead of 4. The controller is not perfect though, I still have times where moves wont register accordingly but it is still much more efficient than a regular PS3 controller and would recommend this to fighting fans as an alternative to fightsticks.
Controller looks familiar
I know where I seen this controller before, this was the Sega Genesis controller with the special 6-button controller! I loved that controller back in the genesis days! Might be interesting to see how well this would work and you what, this controller might be easier to dominate your opponents because it looks like you only have 1R and 1L, which makes perfect sense for your strong attacks and combos can all be executed on the 6-button pad instead of using L2 or R2 on the original PS3 controller. Might be something I would seriously consider getting, although I'm curious on the actual size, because too big is too frustrating for this type of game, we'll have to wait and see!
Excellent product, but with some issues
I purchased two fight pads recently (Cammy and Juri) and they work excellently. The first thing I tested was to see if both controllers worked simultaneously, as I've heard there were some problems connecting with two wireless dongles. No problem there. Perhaps I'm fortunate to not have that issue. I then proceeded to test the two fight pads with my fighting games: Super Street fighter IV, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Tekken 6, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. All of the games functioned well with the controller, with the exception of SSFII. I played local multiplayer but for some reason the characters on screen would randomly jump as if the d-pads were stuck. I thought I had faulty d-pads, but the problem does not persist with the other games or on the XMB. Maybe the controllers need to be used a bit more to "break in" like a new baseball glove. The d-pads are a significant step-up from the "blister-inducing" ones on the DS3. As for the controllers themselves, they have an ergonomic design that is larger than the Dualshock 3 and is comfortable for extended periods of time. Behind the controller, as well as the sides of the unit are rubber grips that make using the fight pad more beneficial to gaming. Sweaty hands are not going to be an issue during hot summers or while engaged in fierce combat. The large face buttons are also spaced out well and are mapped out perfectly for Street Fighter games and can also be custom mapped for other fighters. It works well for all, if not most fighting games. It also works well for games like Little Big Planet as there is a switch that can be altered to be utilized for the left analog stick, d-pad, or right analog (which is not too useful). The controller also comes with a turbo function that works well. The fight pad is operated using two AA batteries. I recommend using rechargeable batteries so it isn't a hassle to replace the batteries when they run out and it's also more Earth friendly and cost efficient over time. Purchase the fight pad in-store so you have the option to choose which character art you want on the control. Great alternative to the Dualshock 3 and Arcade Fight Sticks!
SF 4 Fightpad
The Street Fighter 4 fight pad by Madcatz is probably one of the best third party controllers i've ever held in my hands. The simple six button layout is a perfect way for any Street Fighter fan who dislikes assigning buttons to L and R shoulders. I bought the Ken controller and absolutely love the way this pad feels. The side grips and shape of the pad feel great. The raised, floating d-pad worked beautifully when I tested it out with Street Fighter HD remix. The wireless functionality isn't blue tooth, but it still works great. Unfortunately I lowered points in the controllers design for one disappointing reason. It requires batteries (two AA's). Batteries? really? Yeah.. i was surprised about this actually. In fact.. everywhere i've looked online about these pads, not one place has addressed the peripheral's need for batteries. The packaging also made NO indication of this as well. Through the package, the bottom of controller was covered by the label, I just assumed that's where the USB jack was. It seems like this was hidden on PURPOSE. Regardless of this disappointment, the fight pad itself works absolutely wonderfully for street fighter and feels great. If you don't mind having to use batteries, then by all means buy this!
Comfortable alternative to the fight sticks
I've never been a fan of the joystick controls to fighting games. When I saw that Madcatz was offering these stylized contollers I jumped on the chance to snag one while I could. The design is quite nice! The pad is wide set so that it fits comfortably in your hands. It's slim and not as thick as it appears in the photos and feels natural to hold. The buttons can each be assigned a turbo function and you can adjust the rate and speed of the turbo for each button on the controller. The directional pad is smooth to control and made pulling special moves and super moves off very easy and intuitive. The other cool function with this controller is that you can actually assign a specific analog stick to the directional pad with the built in switch. In other words you can basically have it to where the D-pad on the controller acts as the left or right analog stick on a normal PS3/360 controller or the D-pad. The face buttons are intuitive and wide set for easy access for your thumbs. I tested the controller out on Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD and on Street Fighter Alpha on my PS3 and it worked like a charm! It definitely feels like the controller was designed to optimize your play experience with the Street Fighter games. I can't wait to test it out on Street Fighter 4 as I'm sure it will work just as well! If you're like me and hate to use joysticks to play fighting games this is a great alternative for you! Get one while you can because they're gonna be hard to come by!