Street Fighter 4 Review
By Brian Egan |
Not everyone has played Street Fighter on an arcade machine at an actual arcade. If you haven't, then you need a serious education in gaming. Good luck finding a local arcade, though ... they're all but dead in the US now. That means the younger generation of gamers is used to playing these fighting games on control pads, not using joysticks. It's the sad truth. There are also those few who prefer a control pad over a joystick. Not sure what their story is, but hell, at least I know I could beat them in any fighting game. Regardless, Mad Catz closed up their Street Fighter IV controller lineup with the FightPad, a gamepad that fits nicely in players' hands and is made just for 2D fighters. The best thing about the FightPad is its versatility. Even as a small gamepad, it has nearly every feature of the two FightSticks before it: eight buttons, a D-pad/stick switch and turbo. The six face buttons are very large and very tactile. When you push them, it gives that satisfying feeling you get from pushing every elevator button just before getting off. They are fun to push just because they are buttons.
There are five different FightPads, each with a different character to choose from: Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Chun-Li and Blanka. For $40, it's a pretty sweet deal. And on the PS3, it's wireless. Both models should work on the PC, but we've only tested the 360 model on it. The point is if you like playing on a controller better than with the standard joystick layout, the Mad Catz FightPad is a great choice for all your gaming needs.