As close as you're going to get to the Arcade
Oct 12, 2000
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Sturdy, bat-shaped joystick, pretty to look at, large buttons with more customizable options than other controllers, comes with an orange cleaning cloth
Cons:May break down on you with Interact's track record, obscenely expensive for a console peripheral, the stick itself feels a bit too long, may be too large for placing in your lap, pointless inclusion of programmable buttons and turbo
Let me start by saying that I'm an aficionado of fighting games. 2-D, 3-D, I love all types of fighting games. With that said, I need to have arcade perfection in the home. Ever since fighters were ported over to the home console during the 16-bit era, I've bought joysticks to facilitate my need for the arcade experience at home. The only gripe I really had with most home console joysticks is that they've always been designed for Japan by having a ball head instead of bat-shaped.
Recommend this product?
For those of you who feel the same way as I do, put your worries to rest. The stick is shaped well although it feels a bit too long. Whether you're pulling off fireball motions in Street Fighter III Third Strike, blasting Rising Storms in Capcom vs SNK, or pulling off your own custom combos in Soul Calibur, this arcade stick handles it all extremely well. The buttons are large and have just the right amount of spring in them. An added plus to the design is that there are two "C" buttons and two "Z" buttons. One set is on the left hand side of the "X" and "A" buttons and the other is on the right hand side of the "Y" and "B" buttons. This offers the player expanded options when setting up the button configuration. Another note worth mentioning is that the joystick provides both manual and automatic turbo and programmable buttons. I find both of these additions fairly useless, because turbo has never really played an integral part of fighting games. And what is the point of programming moves into a joystick? It takes the fun out of playing the fighting game.
Aesthetically the Interact Alloy Arcade Stick is a work of art. The chrome plating coupled with smoke gray buttons is simple and pleasing to the eye. There's not much for you to not like the controller except that it's notoriously easy to get fingerprints all over the chrome. This problem is simply resolved with the orange wiping cloth included with the arcade stick.
If you're pondering which is the better arcade stick when compared to the Agetech Arcade Stick, the hands down winner would have to be the Interact Alloy Arcade Stick. It's designed for the American gamer rather than the Japanese. That in itself is reason enough to purchase the joystick. It's visually pleasing and durable although a button did break down on me once. Interact will help you if a mishap does happen, so don't worry about it. As I stated in the title, this is as close as you're going to get to the full arcade experience, but it is definitely not going to come cheap. It was produced in limited quantities (5000 I believe) and will cost you around $100 to get it off of eBay. When you get it though, you'll know that it was all worth it for that arcade satisfaction that only the Interact Alloy Arcade Stick can provide.
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