The Pro Shock Arcade
is an arcade stick -- a digital arcade stick. As you would expect, an analog controller would give you better precision. However, arcade sticks are rarely about precision, but instead are for games that focus more on button slapping mayhem. The ? inch buttons are smaller than full scale arcade buttons, but provide an easy-to-reach layout while giving your fingers a little bit of ?frenzied attack? breathing room. The stick itself appears to be fresh out of an arcade, having a nice weight and feel to it, and excellent centering action (important). This centering action is often what renders an otherwise great arcade stick into an oversized, yet attractive, paperweight. The Pro Shock Arcade
stick takes no chances, having a quick, strong return to center. (Joy!) The base is also a well designed feature, being a nice, heavy plate of metal with rubber feet. This means that when you set it down, it tends to stay put. This is a lesson that should be learned by all game hardware manufacturers, but the only other place I?ve seen this concept to date is the Act Labs? RS steering wheel
. This ?stay-put-itiveness? and the strong centering mechanism actually help to make up for its digital nature, improving its overall control -- at least keeping it off of the bottom of the list. (To check out the results, check my "Control Freaks"