I'VE USED THE SIDEWINDER PAD IN THE PAST TO ATTACK PEOPLE ON KILLING SPREES. IT HAS BEEN A USEFUL, IF SLIGHTLY IMPERFECT UTENSIL FOR MY MURDERING NEEDS. THE PROBLEM IS THAT IT TAKES A WHILE FOR ME TO KILL A MAN WITH THE SIDEWINDER, AS OPPOSED TO A GUN WHICH WOULD PUT THEM OUT IMMEDIATELY, OR A KNIFE WHICH WOULD AT LEAST STOP THEM FROM SCREAMING IF I DID IT IN THE THROAT. THE WAY IT'S GOING NOW, I HAVE TO HELP WITH MY FIST AND FEET. I SWING THE CONTROLLER AROUND ON A CORD LIKE A MACE AND SLAM IT INTO UNSUSPECTING PEDESTRIANS. AFTERWHICH I TRY TO INCAPACITATE THEM OR AT LEAST PREVENT THEM FROM SCREAMING. I'VE TRIED CHOKING WITH THE CORD BUT ITS TOO COMFORTABLE AND SNAPS FREQUENTLY. I'VE HAD TO BUY SEVERAL UNITS, FEW OF WHICH HAVE LASTED VERY LONG. ALTOGETHER, IT GETS THE JOB DONE BUT I PREFER NORMAL WEAPONRY SUCH AS THE AXE, SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN, GRENADE, SHURIKEN, SWISS ARMY KNIFE OR SPATULA.
Having had a Playstation for years when I finally got a new PC I was a bit stumped at which joypad to buy. So I decided that whatever Microsft make can't be bad, so I decided to buy one of their USB Plug and Play Joypads. As it said on the packet I plugged it in and, well, played! Problems emerged later, but first let me tell you about the joypad. Compared to many other PC joypads its quite simple, it has an 8-way D-pad, 6 buttons, two of which are triggers on the rear of the pad. The joypad is very well designed and sits in your hand nicely. The D-pad has been placed at an angle because your hand holding the pad is apparently at this angle. What it means is that forward on the D-pad is moved by around 45 degrees to the right. This is VERY confusing to start with, and really doees your friends head in when they come round for a game! It does seem however, that having the D-pad situated like this makes you tend to move diagonally rather than forward. Apart from this the pad is fine, the buttons are, well... buttons, what else can you say? As much as I like the pad I have a big problem with it, it keeps deciding to stop and start working. Despite the whole USB plug and play thing sometimes the joypad simply refuses to work, dissapearing from the Game Controller list in control panel. There are no drivers to reinstall so that doesn't help, the MS site did give a few suggestions to fix it, and I also installed Directx 8 but none of my attempted solutions have made the pad reamin for more than a few days. It seems everytime the PC crashes, and lets face it Windows crashes quite often (well every few days at least) so I am a bit stuck. Still, despite this when the pad does work it is good, although it could've done a couple of extra buttons and maybe its just me being used to the playstation controller but I kinda prefer to have an analogue controller. Overall a good buy for the regular but not hardcore gamer
, mine cost me £20 but I think I was ripped of. I saw it in Jungle for £12!!! Sorry this review is a bit shorter than my normal ones, just theres not much you can say about a joypad!
I only bought this gamepad as it was on sale price. Most of my games playing is done on my trusty old Playstation, even although the graphics on my PC are far superior. I had always wanted a gamepad for the PC, but surprisingly few are up to the standards of the PSX one. As I don't do a lot of gaming on my PC, I wasn't particularly interested in all the fancy gamepads, with force feedback, analogue controls etc. All I wanted was a cheap reliable gamepad for the occasional game of Tomb Raider (1, 2, 3 and 4!). Since it is a USB device, it is extremely easy to install, basically you just plug it in and Windows (98 only for USB!) will recognise the device and install the drivers for it. Piece of cake. The pad itself has the standard 8 way joypad, and 4 buttons for your right hand. There is one shoulder button on each side of the pad. Unfortunately for the Tomb Raider games, there aren't enough buttons to go round, so you will still end up using the keyboard occasionally. As with most Microsoft hardware, the pad is excellent ergonomically, it fits into your hands perfectly. I found that some of the other gamepads on the market are too big for my hands, they just don't feel comfortable. The Sidewinder is fine in this respect. Sadly one problem does appear when you are playing something like Tomb Raider, the directional button can easily be pressed in the wrong direction, since it is offset slightly. This can be a pain when you are trying to line up some difficult jump. Apart from this minor quibble, however, this gamepad comes highly recommended. It seems sturdy, and fits into your hands well. At this price it is probably the best gamepad for those that can't justify spending vast fortunes on an all-singing, all-dancing pad.
I love Microsoft products and this USB Gamepad Pro is yet another winner. I’ve found that with PC games the occasion doesn’t arise that often when you would need a gamepad (well for me anyway). However, if you’re thinking about getting a gamepad then look no further. This one is an absolute beauty. It is wonderfully styled, has analogue and digital options, 8 buttons (and through using a button next to the d-pad you can make this into 16 buttons!). It’s SO comfortable to use, hats off to Microsoft for that. The buttons are positioned really well (two of which are trigger buttons) and they have even realised that the D-pad is much better when set at a slight angle to reflect how your thumb is positioned on it. As always the included Sidewinder software is great – if you’ve got any other sidewinder products you’ll be familiar with it – however if not....it’s excellent. You can actually program buttons to perform keyboard functions. E.g if you need to pause a game but can’t use one of the normal gamepad buttons then you can (through the sidewinder software) program a button to perform that function instead (prime example is the Esc key – often used to select menu’s, pause games etc. You won’t regret buying this pad, it’s not cheap, but it is superb. Well done Microsoft.