Stick it to them

MadCatz’s Tour­na­ment Edi­tion 2+ Fight­Stick is built like a tank and works like a dream with Street Fighter V.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By GIESON CA­CHO

EV­ERY war­rior has a weapon of choice. Jedis have lightsabers. Sol­diers of mod­ern warfare have so­phis­ti­cated ri­fles. For many Street Fighter V play­ers, ar­cade sticks are the con­trollers of choice.

Th­ese beefy pieces of gear are meant to mimic the ex­pe­ri­ence of a by­gone videogame era. They fea­ture the fa­mil­iar joystick and a lay­out with six to eight but­tons.

In many ways, they rep­re­sent a sim­pler way of gam­ing, one that hardcore fans of fight­ing games grew up with in the ar­cades.

With the re­lease of Street Fighter V, Cap­com’s lat­est fight­ing game, MadCatz launched a new Tour­na­ment Edi­tion 2+ Fight­Stick.

It’s what I use to play the new Cap­com game, and it re­places the old MadCatz Tour­na­ment Edi­tion Fight­Stick I used with Street Fighter IV.

In terms of con­struc­tion, the TE2+ has the same level of qual­ity as pre­vi­ous MadCatz con­trollers. Th­ese heavy- duty be­he­moths will stand up to a lot of pun­ish­ment.

Frus­trated play­ers can slam the con­troller. Clumsy vis­i­tors may knock it over off a couch or coffee ta­ble. De­spite such abuse, the TE2+ will still come through like a dream dur­ing play.

Al­though built like a tank, the con­troller re­sponds beau­ti­fully to the fi­nesse and pre­ci­sion of the player. Its Sanwa parts are renowned for sen­si­tiv­ity, re­sponse and dura­bil­ity.

Play­ers should have no prob­lem pulling off Ryu’s hado­kens or Ken’s dragon punch. The con­troller cap­tures ev­ery but­ton press and joystick in­put ac­cu­rately.

The com­pany has made im­prove­ments that make us­ing the Fight­Stick eas­ier – play­ers can now open the con­troller’s hood to ad­just the but­tons and stick. ( That’s an idea lifted from Per­for­mance De­signed Prod­uct’s Mor­tal Kom­bat Fight Stick.)

Play­ers can also use space un­der the hood to stow away tools, games and the re­mov­able cord when the con­troller is not in use.

For those who want to mod­ify the con­troller, MadCatz in­cludes tools that per­mit an easy change of the art on the face of the TE2+, and you also can switch out the but­tons.

The im­prove­ments on the TE2+ also pro­vide full PlayS­ta­tion 4 ( and PlayS­ta­tion 3) func­tion­al­ity. This con­troller can be used be­tween the two con­soles, and it sup­ports all the but­tons on each.

If you play an ar­cade clas­sic or an­other fight­ing game, the TE2+ can han­dle it with­out dif­fi­culty.

The only is­sue with the TE2+ is the price. At US$ 229 ( RM950), it’s an ex­pen­sive item. But for those who live and breathe fight­ing games, the Tour­na­ment Edi­tion 2+ Fight­Stick is worth the cost and it’s built to last. – San Jose Mer­cury News/ Tribune News Ser­vice

The TE2 may look sim­ple but its pre­cise con­trols will give you the edge in fight­ing games. — MadCatz

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