I bought two of these controllers for my laptop since I had no PS3 but had purchased Pro Evolution Soccer for the laptop and wanted to retain the original controller (I can't stand playing games like that on a PC keyboard). I paid around £30 for the pair I believe, which was significantly cheaper than buying the originals. I assume that's why most people would go for the imitation, since in my opinion, the originals are the best.
First off: the design. Pretty much flawless, I'd say, at least if you're a fan of the original controller. All the buttons are in the right places, although the D-Pad was a little bit different: easier to roll around, which I guess worked better than the originally for running diagonally or better positionally, but when it came to shooting, my aim was all out of goose. I was used to the four firm arrows on the original pad and on this one they are a bit freer; though I guess that just takes getting used to.
All the other buttons were in the same place and had the same sort of response as the original, perhaps a little bit stickier but nothing too noticeable. There was no shock mode included which is to be expected on a cheaper model and in my opinion didn't affect my playing experience at all really. Perhaps on more intense shoot-em-up games it would; I bought the controllers with the sole intention of playing Pro.
So far, so good. Now comes the let-down. These controllers really did not last long at all. The first one went within a few months of owning it (buttons sticking etc.) and the second one later; almost two years. Now I will admit that I do not take the best care of these things and perhaps with more care they would have lasted longer. However, having said that, I have never had similar problems with the original Sony controllers, despite being just as negligent and having had them for years and years. After a few months the buttons were sticking more and more; after about 9 months, the computer wouldn't even recognize the controller. The second lasted longer; its buttons never stuck and it continued to be recognized until about 2 years after, though to be honest, without two controllers, I rarely used it and so there was less wear and tear, meaning less strain on it.
Overall, the price is quite a bit cheaper than the originals and if you are the sort of person who takes good care of your electricals, then this could be a good, cost-effective option. However, if like me, you want something a bit longer term than you don't have to wrap in cotton wool, I would say spend the extra cash and get the originals.
Controllers for the Playstation systems - most notably for the PS2 and PS3 have always been my favourite among games controllers. While the feel, to me, of an Xbox one was always just too chunky and big, and others like the gamecube or the N64 seemed like something had gone horrible wrong in the design process (I mean, why is the N64 one designed to stab you in the chest?), I've always found Sony make the best ones.
Small, sleek and perfectly designed to fit well in your palms, with every button easily accessible. So when my PS3 controller broke (totally my fault), I opted to get another one, if not from Sony then one that looked a lot like it.
For a while, my friend lent me his spare controller he never used, until I could be bothered to get one myself, and it was the Hana V3 Black for PS3 I'm reviewing now. And what can I say about it?
Well, it certainly does the job, sure. The buttons are all there, and they work more or less pretty well, although for me the Square button kept getting jammed. The button system is the same as the original controllers so you'll have no problem adjusting yourself to it. The D Pad is a bit more like a spiderweb, in that it's eight directional and one big button instead of the four individual one you normally get. I'm not sure whether or not it's better (as it makes going diagonally easier, but doesn't feel as right when you use it). The trigger buttons (R2 and L2) are actually a bit easier to use on this than the ordinary one, as they're not as loose.
It also comes with built in motion sensors for when games require it as well blue light effects on the handle which are pointless but cool. There were, though, a few things I didn't like about it. The first being simply how it holds. To me, and I'm a bit of a pedant I guess, it felt a bit too big and a bit too chunky to be as comfortable as the original and when the handle goes into the buttons it curves outwards which actually is a bit irritating and doesn't fit in your hands as well. It made for less easy playing.
Another problem, albeit much more minor, was that it was wired. Not exactly a terrible thing, but there's something about being able to move around and not have to pause a fight scene or something which I really enjoyed. That and when I watch a film in bed, the cable's not big enough to reach.
For that, while it certainly does the job, you'd be better off getting a classic controller. This one goes for about 20-30 pounds, which is about the same price as a classic.