Not everyone has played Street Fighter on an arcade machine at an actual arcade. If you haven’t, then you need a serious education in gaming. Good luck finding a local arcade, though ... they’re all but dead in the US now. That means the younger generation of gamers is used to playing these fighting games on control pads, not using joysticks. It’s the sad truth.
Besides that, the six face buttons are very well spaced and placed. Thumbs can relax with each button in easy reach. The two shoulder buttons are equally tactile and give resounding recoil at each push. But the best part of this FightPad is definitely the D-pad.
There are five different FightPads, each with a different character to choose from: Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Chun-Li and Blanka. For $40, it’s a pretty sweet deal. And on the PS3, it’s wireless. Both models should work on the PC, but we’ve only tested the 360 model on it. The point is if you like playing on a controller better than with the standard joystick layout, the Mad Catz FightPad is a great choice for all your gaming needs.
Jamez Pikover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared both online and in print, including Strategy Informer, Gameworld Network, and Total PC Gaming. He's contributing these Mad Catz Street Fighter IV controller articles on a one-off basis, because he loves you, and wants to make sure you don't spend your money on something you shouldn't. Be nice.