Before everything went touchscreen and game controller buttons had a more tactile and reassuringly massive feel; the joystick was king. Never mind your fiddly shoulder buttons and twiddly thumbsticks; any diehard arcade gamer will tell you that a good old-fashioned stick gives you more control and greater speed every time. Even in today’s frantically-paced games. Which is why Marvel and Capcom have teamed up with Sony, Microsoft and arcade aficionados, Hori; to bring you the Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Arcade Stick for PS3.
Hailed as the ultimate piece of kit for beat ‘em up fans, this old-school button basher puts all of your controls in easy reach. Used by pro gamers and novices alike, the oversized joystick and buttons make dropping combos and making subtle movements a doddle – far easier than trying to tweak a tiny thumbstick, anyway.
Joystick, buttons and artwork
Styled on Hori’s massively popular Arcade Pro V series, this is one of the finest arcade sticks on the market. Sanwa – leading manufacturer of arcade machine parts – have kitted out the interior with their most responsive and durable hardware, including two turbo settings (10 times/sec and 20 times/sec). While Marvel and Capcom have given it their blessing by emblazoning their iconic characters across the face of it.
Short of giving change for a fiver and churning out Slush Puppies it’s the closest you can get to the original arcade experience. And it’s a superb way to get one over your mates in any button bashing games. Now, do you side with Ryu and Ken or Spidey and Wolverine? Decisions, decisions…