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Offline CommanderDJ

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Suggestions for a good joystick?
Hey guys,
To date I've been playing FS with a mouse and keyboard. I've heard murmurs around here that the experience is enhanced a lot by a joystick. So I'd like to get your opinions on what a good joystick is to buy. Not anything ridiculously pricey, mind you. So yeah. Suggest away!
Thanks for your help,

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Offline AlienTermite

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
Maybe I'm just a n00b, but I always had trouble playing FS with a joystick. I used to be a pretty big flight sim-er so I have a yoke and a couple different joysticks, but for some reason I find it a lot easier and precise aiming with a keyboard/mouse. I'd be interested to see what other people think though...
« Last Edit: September 07, 2010, 01:56:51 am by AlienTermite »

 

Offline sutekh

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
logitech attack 3, reporting in!
(it was all i could afford at the time, but so far has served me well)

 

Offline Dragon

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
I'm using an old WingMan force 3D and I consider it very good.

 

Offline BlackDove

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
If you can find it, either Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2, or Precision Pro.

 

Offline Parias

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
My stance is that if I'm not playing a sim game with my Saitek X52, then I'm clearly doing something wrong. There's been absolutely no match for the enhanced sense of immersion a stick like this adds so far.

(And if it does ever break, I've always got the Steel Battalion controller in my closet as a back-up. ;))

Edit: Mind you, this does kind of go against the "not too pricey" request... ack, just noticed the X52's still go for over $100 in a lot of circles. My apologies.
« Last Edit: September 07, 2010, 12:28:07 pm by Parias »

 

Offline rhettro

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
I bought a Saitek wireless Evo joystick, and it works great.  Not sure if you can find them anymore.

 

Offline Sushi

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
I've been eying this for a week or so:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CXYMFS

It's a budget HOTAS stick for under $40. Very tempting indeed, especially if I decide to get back into flight sims...

 

Offline Klaustrophobia

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
i currently fly with a saitek x45, but i found something a little smaller like my old cyborg 3d (cyborg evo still around?) a little easier to control with, if not as fully featured.  since i don't play multi, i'll take immersion/fun over precision of mouse.
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Offline Swifty

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
I never liked the Saitek X52. The base sliding gimble plate is plastic so it always chafed when moving around. I would get these really. jerky. movements. unless I applied some lube which still didn't help that much. (THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID)

I sold it and replaced it with a Saitek X52 Pro which uses a metal sliding gimble plate. Very smooth and precise.

Has anyone used the Logitech G940 force feedback throttle and stick with Freespace? I'm also wondering how the force sensing Saitek X65F plays with Freespace's frantic gameplay.

 
Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
I found a Logitech Extreme 3d Pro on ebay for $10 and it's worked out perfectly.
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Offline Trivial Psychic

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Offline Pr011

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
I used to have a WingMan force 3D but found it a bit tricky to use.

I now have my trusty Logitech Extreme 3D Pro, which hopefully will be killing Shivans with me for many years to come.
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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
BD ended the thread. :P
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Offline BlackDove

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
Those who don't know, never will, and if they don't, I gave them no reason to pay attention to it ;)

 

Offline Sushi

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
I still think that Microsoft's best stick was their original Sidewinder 3D Pro.

 
Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
I would recommend a Sidewinder.  I've been using a Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 for awhile now.  Got the joystick shortly after they stopped selling them.  Took forever to find one.  Your best bet for finding one now is Ebay.

 

Offline Mongoose

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
I still think that Microsoft's best stick was their original Sidewinder 3D Pro.
This.  I've had mine for who knows how long now, and I still <3 it to death.

 

Offline Madcat

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Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
I use the Logitech Extreme 3d Pro nowadays as well, but can also vouch for the aforementioned Microsoft Sidewinder 3D Pro and Precision Pro.
10 years ago, a schoolmate of mine used to have them and they worked great for Flight- and Mechsimulators. :)

 
Re: Suggestions for a good joystick?
anyone has a idea how to make the game controller software for the MS Sidewindersticks work  under win 7  ? I acutally using vers. 4.0 but aint workin.