Rubbish. OK, I can do better than that. The joystick itself is just fine. It has plenty of buttons, switches, what have you. If you configure them all, you can typically get away without using the keyboard at all depending on the game. And since it's Microsoft, most games work with it straight out of the box. But the whole force feedback feature, for which you pay an extra chunk of change, is a complete waste of effort. The feedback itself isn't very clear on any of the games I've tested, and what's worse it's distracting in it's ambiguity, and just plain annoying at time. Case in point - getting shot down in Combat Flight Simulator results in the joystick having a bit of a spasm. Typically the camera goes to third person to show your aircraft hitting the deck, at which point you let go of the stick because you're dead. The joystick though, goes through a noisy set of convulsions as though it's fighting away even after you've been consigned to the grave. Not at all worth the extra money - stick with the standard version if only for the nice heavy base and the load of buttons.