Blaze Digital Arcade Stick (PS3)
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- Arcade style gaming for PS3
- Fully featured 8 button arcade stick
- Turbo and macro functions
- Solid, genuine arcade realism
- Full PS3 Home control
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- Platform: PlayStation 3
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Fully featured 8 button arcade stick for PS3. It has Turbo and macro function buttons, Home function button for full console control. Compatible with all fighting, action, shooting and classic games.
Bring the arcade experience home with this fully featured Digital Arcade Stick from Blaze. With a sturdy 8 button control system the solid arcade stick also features full Turbo and Macro functionality as well as full PS3 Home controls. Perfect for Beat-Em-Ups and other classic Arcade titles.
Top customer reviews
On the whole though, I'm very pleased with my purchase. The gamble paid off, and now I'm fast achieving a level of expertise with Street Fighter and Tekken that would have been unthinkable with a mere joypad.
Some points to consider when making your purchase..
* Very good build quality. Buttons are springy, joystick is tight and responsive.
* The unit is heavy. And it has rubber pads on the base. This means that it won't slide all over the place on a table top.
* The palm plate below the buttons is fantastic. It curves down and allows a more organic resting place for your hand. Remember the cramps you used to get in the arcade? That doesn't happen with this.
* The unit is cheap.
* The buttons are very close to the joystick.
* The joystick is right next to the edge of the unit, so the left side of your left hand catches on the corner of the unit when you perform clockwise rotations.
* Although well built, the unit's design could be better.
This is an inexpensive device that can certainly compete with the big boys. Perfect if you're on a budget but still want to re-create the arcade feel at home.
This is a real gem. Buy it NOW before amazon realise it's popularity and hike the price.
However, the stick does still work on PCs and previous firmware versions. I find it to be a nice stick, particularly for the price. The buttons are nice and large, and the stick feels solid enough. It also includes macro functions. I rarely used them, but they seemed to be fairly easy to program.
If Sony had not disabled this stick, I would recommend this stick without hesitation. Unfortunately, since Sony feels the need to have such stringent control over the PS3, and due to the silence from Blaze's end, I can only recommend for you to stay away.
Obviously this was my first stick, so I can't say much about its quality in comparison to more expensive sticks. I'll do my best in regards to my own impressions of it:
The stick has a little give; it feels slightly loose, which probably sounds like a problem but I've actually found it feels quite nice the way it is.
The buttons feel good, not clicky or spongy. They feel a bit like larger versions of the dualshock face buttons.
It has a decent weight, and sits comfortably on my lap or secure on a table. The shell is sturdy, and is looking quite durable so far.
However, I wish the buttons were very slightly closer together; while they are all easy to reach it can be uncomfortable constantly stretching across all the buttons over a long gaming session.
I also haven't found the default layout particularly great, and have remapped the face buttons in all my fighting games to start at the far left and rotate around in a clockwise direction, which I find a lot more comfortable.
For the price, I've been so impressed with this stick that I bought a second one for 2 player/backup. I'll buy a more expensive one someday, just to find out what justifies their high price-tags, but the blaze arcade stick is definitely good enough for me until then.
So, to conclude, if you want a stick but don't want to part with loads of cash, this seems to be a pretty safe bet.
This is recommended if you are struggling on Street Fighter IV with a PS3 pad trying to pull of those hadokens and shorykens, but don't have enough money for a Mad Catz Standard or Tounament Fightstick. The buttons feel really nice and not cheap.
The joystick feels nice also, but as with almost every other stick, it uses a square gate restrictor plate. However, this just takes time getting used to. This plays real nice on a flat surface and on your lap.
My only complaints are that the joystick is a bit loose (however this is not a problem in actual gameplay as you would move it around a lot), and it is a bit small, meaning the base may move around when moving the stick with a large amount of force.
Other than that, this is a great stick and is recommended a buy.
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