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I've always been a fan of flight simulations on the PC so I decided to finally buy a new flight stick. I came across the Thrustmaser and have never looked back since. So far I have used the controller with lock on and microsoft flight simulator x. It has performed excellently in both.
The controller plugs straight into a USB port so is supported by most games. There are twelve customizable buttons spread across the controller, concentrated along both edges and the joystick itself. Buttons feel tactile and responsive.
The throttle control works well in both the slow control environment of a flight simulator and in fast paced dogfighting. The same can be said of the flight stick which isn't too stiff but remains responsive. The base of the controller is quite heavy which means it doesn't slide around when you are using it. I'd recommend this controller to anyone who plays flight games on the PC, its responsive and extremely satisfying to use.
Well this expensive bit of kit was bought for me as a present for my ps3 and at first it was a bit daunting looking at it, I mean who would pay £70 for this stick and Tekken 6, but as a wise man once said things are different on the inside and playing this was actually a lot different compared to first thoughts. It makes you feel like you are the character, it helps you to become the character and the way it plays feels superb. I've tested it for two weeks and can hardly find a fault, not one thing. and not only that but there are rumours that Sony plan to bring one out that focuses entirely on the stick and in a 3D enviroment. Now that must excite some extreme gamers, even though it is a brilliant product I still feel there is some developing that needs to be done on the fighting stick. Like it's not quite there yet, but maybe the next generation of the fighting stick will be.