With the release of Mortal Kombat X (April 14th), some PS4 owners who are anxious to get their hands on the game may have asked themselves the question of “Which arcade stick would be the best for this game?” Many fightsticks bought prior to the release of this game, may work, as some are controllers are fine all around. Most PS3 fightsticks will also work with any game on the PS4. This can be good for some people who are looking to save some money. Gamers look for something they can reuse and replay. Finding a stick that would be great with Mortal Kombat X and other games would seal the deal on a wonderful controller. With two solid offerings currently availabe, let’s take a look…
A favorite among many is the Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament 2 edition. Coming in at about $200, this FightStick has many things to offer which the Pro Fighter game player wants to have. The original arcade layout of the controller certainly a refresher for the gamer who desires that casual look and feel of an old school controller. The 8-action buttons are quick to the touch and responsive to the press. The high quality Swansa Denshi parts are always ready to go with a push of a button, literally. These buttons are more of an easier press, something not everyone likes. If you’re looking for a smooth push of a button, this controller would be for you. The precise buttons will assist you in clicking your way to the top and beating anyone who even dares to step in your way! Its chassis hinges are open for easy access to inside components, making it easy to mod and even change the top panel for custom artwork. The controller has a button which enables the joystick to a right or left analog stick or even a D-Pad to further your gameplay in other genres. It’s certainly ideal for all fighting games, it even works with the PS3, making it a great bang for your buck.
Another great pick would be the HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai. As a tournament grade fighting stick, it is definitely a noteworthy controller. This sleek design and elegant looking stick are eye catching features. One huge difference between the Mad Catz version and this are the buttons. This can be a selling point in some controllers. If you prefer buttons with little resistance, the Mad Catz is definitely the way to go but if you prefer the opposite and would like to hear more of a click with your buttons, go with the HORI. Its original Hayabusa joystick and Kuro pushbuttons are featured parts only found in HORI Japanese arcade games. It’s cord is 9.8 feet long, giving you plenty of room to roam a bit. It features turbo buttons, button configuration tools, and even a share button. At $149.99, this is a price you can’t resist, as it’s a huge chunk of cash less than its competitor. This controller will give you this sleek look you want, cheaper than any other controller that stands in it’s wake, and will help you in racking up those fatalities. It is even compatible with the PC and PS3, thus giving you versatility in your play style and reusability. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to a Mad Catz controller with more of a standard stick, try this one.
As these two are the very best, contrasting and comparing the two to see which one would work best for you, is your best option. Each controller has a different feel, the buttons in both controllers are certainly different, and one fightstick may be perfect for one and not for the other. Each player has a different play style, as does each controller. Something complex may not be for one player when all they want is the classic feel of an old school styled fightstick. Either way, you’re getting a fantastic controller to aid you in the combat of your foes!