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Old 10-22-2008, 06:26 PM   #1
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One Controller to rule them all!

What is your favorite console controller and why?
Make and Model.

For me Madcatz Dreamcast controller. The trigger broke more often than I care to remember but they were so fucking comfortable and responsive for games.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:33 PM   #2
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I don't have an extensive experience with past generations of consoles, but the Xbox 360 controller is my favourite. The shape and stick placement suit me fine, the triggers are great, the sticks have just enough resistance to them, and I can access all the functions with very little shifting of my hand required. The D-pad isn't great, but thankfully that's not used much.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:41 PM   #3
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In the 2D era it was no contest. The Japanese Saturn controller was far superior to all others. It had the best D-pad and a great button layout whether you wanted to play with your thumbs or your fingers (arcade style).



In terms of the current generation, I consider it kind of a wash. The analog stick on the 360 is far superior. But the buttons on the PS3 controller are far better positioned for action games (play any game on the 360 that requires rapidly hitting switching between face buttons for long periods of time and you'll see what i mean). Then there is the 360 D-pad which is just all kinds of ass even after you mod it by carving out the well (which improves it, but not to a larger degree).

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Old 10-22-2008, 07:19 PM   #4
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I used to really like the Sony controllers because I have very small hands and they fit my hand size well, but after using an Xbox 360 controller, it has become my favorite due to comfort and responsiveness (I think the triggers and bumpers respond exactly the way I would like them to respond).
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:22 PM   #5
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Red Xbox 360 Limited Edition Controller. Got a pair of them for my birthday last week and new controllers always feel so sweet. The D-pad is noticeably more responsive.

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Old 10-22-2008, 07:23 PM   #6
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:30 PM   #7
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First Party Gamecube. I'm partial to Jet Black. Bought four of 'em brand new last Christmas, and so far they're broken in just right. Oh, I should buy some more for when they eventually wear out.

I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.

After that, I'm partial to the 360 controllers, excepting the d-pad.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:32 PM   #8
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Red Xbox 360 Limited Edition Controller. Got a pair of them for my birthday last week and new controllers always feel so sweet. The D-pad is noticeably more responsive.
Seriously? I thought that D-pad improvement was only for a limited-edition European controller...
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:32 PM   #9
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I'm pretty partial to whatever is in my hands at the moment.

Oh, excuse me...gotta go.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:36 PM   #10
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In the 2D era it was no contest. The Japanese Saturn controller was far superior to all others. It had the best D-pad and a great button layout whether you wanted to play with your thumbs or your fingers (arcade style).


This.

Current gen, 360 pad. D-pad sucks but I rarely use it. PS pads give me cramp, always have since PS1 days.
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In the 2D era it was no contest. The Japanese Saturn controller was far superior to all others. It had the best D-pad and a great button layout whether you wanted to play with your thumbs or your fingers (arcade style).



In terms of the current generation, I consider it kind of a wash. The analog stick on the 360 is far superior. But the buttons on the PS3 controller are far better positioned for action games (play any game on the 360 that requires rapidly hitting switching between face buttons for long periods of time and you'll see what i mean). Then there is the 360 D-pad which is just all kinds of ass even after you mod it by carving out the well (which improves it, but not to a larger degree).
Have to give you props where they are due. This was a favourite for a long time. The PS and select button confused me for a moment though.

Recent pads would have me going with the 360 controller easily.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:46 PM   #12
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Seriously? I thought that D-pad improvement was only for a limited-edition European controller...
Well, my white controllers were breaking down on me...the little nubbins on the analog controllers were all worn down....the Y button on one controller was really sticking (could have been the ketchup) and on the other one, the left analog "click in" was broken from COD4.

Maybe it's just me, but the diagonals on the new D-pad are very responsive now. Like I didn't even know they were there before.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:52 PM   #13
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by far... giant 360 = worst
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My favorite would have to be the 360 controller with the Sixaxis' internal, lightweight battery, the Wii remote and MotionPlus' motion sensors, and the Japanese Saturn's d-pad. It exists only in my head, but man, it's great.

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Then there is the 360 D-pad which is just all kinds of ass even after you mod it by carving out the well (which improves it, but not to a larger degree).
Have to disagree there. I modded two of my controllers, and now the d-pads are great. And I use them more than the sticks. I play a LOT of XBLA stuff.

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:00 PM   #18
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It's the 360 controller. It's the design of it I like it.


The Duke. It's the first controller that blew my mind. It fit in my hands so perfectly.

I always use to wish it had bumper buttons, or a second set of triggers.
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by far... giant 360 = worst
Wait... so you're saying the 360 controller is worse than the original Xbox controller?



(I didn't actually hate the original Xbox controller. Just don't see how someone could say the 360 controller is "worst.")
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Wait... so you're saying the 360 controller is worse than the original Xbox controller?

my bad. i m3ant th3 original xbox... that thing suckd ass
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