With my fighting game craze still burning and a few CrossCounterTV videos later, I got the arcade stick hype. After a rigorous journey through the land of wonder and sorrow (ie Greenhills, wonder = all the stuff they have available, sorrow = how empty your wallet is after) I think I got one that suits my needs.
I present to you the iCore Arcade Stick for the PlayStation 3. This little bad boy has almost all the things I was looking for in an arcade stick. A price that won’t screw me over, a nice clicky stick with responsive buttons, enough spacing between the stick and buttons while leaving enough hand room plus blocky and weighty design.
I got this over at Game Xtreme for 1200php which is a decent price over the wallet-rape expensive MadCatz and Hori sticks. It’s got all the basics, a cherry top stick, convex buttons and non-slip rubber feet which works like a damn charm if I may add. This is a wired controller but what can you expect from an arcade stick that’s under 2000php. The USB cable itself is quite lengthy so I don’t think you’d have too many problems distancing yourself from the console and a wired controller means no batteries required.
“Long ass cable”
But that’s not all. Yes, I got two.
I believe in fairness. Coming from pad, I find that playing games on an arcade stick, especially faster paced ones, is a little awkward and if I’m going to be awkward then so will you.
What better way to test these puppies out than with a violent afternoon of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Marvel vs Capcom 2, and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.