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I know there are a ton of them out there, but I can't seem to find anyplace that tells me if they are any good or not. If anyone can help me with some info on off brand controller for the X-box or PS2 I'd appreciate it.



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What types of controllers? Pad, joystick, dance mat, steering wheel?

I've had pretty good results from the Mad Catz line over the years, and their Retrocon, while it looks like an ergonomic nightmare like its inspiration, is still a hoot.





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    Originally posted by vsp
    What types of controllers? Pad, joystick, dance mat, steering wheel?

    I've had pretty good results from the Mad Catz line over the years, and their Retrocon, while it looks like an ergonomic nightmare like its inspiration, is still a hoot.




Im looking for the normal controller that is similar to the packed in



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I've also had good luck with the Mad Catz controlers, I don't know if they make an S controler for the X-box (the smaller model) but you should look at an S just since the layout is better IMO.



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I had 4 (yes, 4) Mad Catz controllers for the N64 break within a week. Since then, I have shunned all Mad Catz controllers. They do make a kick-ass RF adapter, though. For controllers, I've seen that Mad Catz is the only game in town, so I just stick with first party stuff. I'd pay 35 bucks for another Wavebird in a heartbeat.



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Do not trust 3rd party. 5 out of 5 third party controllers I've ever owned broke within 4 months and 2 out of 3 memory cards corrupted.



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    Originally posted by astrobstrd
    Do not trust 3rd party. 5 out of 5 third party controllers I've ever owned broke within 4 months and 2 out of 3 memory cards corrupted.


I've never bought a 3rd party controller, but I've had 5 3rd party memory cards (can't remember brand, but I think they made the sharkport) for various systems (PS1, PS2, N64) and all of them corrupted in about a year or so.

I have NEVER had a problem with my 1st party (Nintendo & Sony made/approved) memory cards. I trust them 100%.




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Of course, without a 3rd party memory card, playing Madden on my Cube has been a bit of a frustration.

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#9 Posted on

    Originally posted by astrobstrd
    Do not trust 3rd party. 5 out of 5 third party controllers I've ever owned broke within 4 months and 2 out of 3 memory cards corrupted.
WHAT?! Nonsense! I've had the same old 3rd party "NYKO" memory card with me for 2 years now, and she still works like a charm!



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When it comes to memory cards, I agree, first-party is almost always the way to go. I've had cheap (1x) third-party PSX memory cards last a long time, but heard and witnessed horror stories surrounding others, especially ones that try to use compression to provide "extra" storage space. Interact's "Mega" memory cards in particular were liquid shit.

As for controllers, sometimes you have no choice (I don't believe Sony makes a first-party dance pad, for instance). Sometimes you want extra features that first-party controllers don't have (the Mad Catz PSX Dual Force pads allowed the right thumbstick to map to the buttons, making Robotron X and the Crazy Climber games playable for those without the now-rare Dual Analog Joystick). And sometimes they just work better (I had a Nyko joystick that was perfect for four-directional games; I had major problems with Namco Museum with Sony sticks and pads).





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