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So I finally bought my first anime fighting game on the PS4 (Nitro+Blasterz) and it's awesome, however I definitely need a fight stick controller for it. The problem is that I have absolutely no idea where to even begin deciding on which one to get. I see that they do cost a decent amount, so I would rather pay for a good quality one then shell out a decent chunk of change for something that sucks. The last forum post about these that I saw was in 2013, so I'm assuming that new and better ones have come out since then. If anybody has any suggestions, please help! Thank you!
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Posted 14 days ago
HORI sells a super mini fight stick for $40, might be a good choice for starting out. It's only like 8 inches though so if you have big hands it probably will suck. http://stores.horiusa.com/fighting-stick-mini-4-for-playstation-4/

Otherwise, check out the local game stores you might have like Game Xchange, Game Over, Play'n'Trade, whatever. Good chance they might have one in stock. I believe PS3 sticks will work on certain PS4 games like Skullgirls Encore, but I'm not sure if Blasterz will work with them.

Also if you can deal with having no stick, you might try a Mortal Kombat X fight pad. I'm looking at getting one Black Friday. But I'm more used to d-pad for fighters than sticks.
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Posted 14 days ago
Can't go wrong with hori,this guy is right.
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It really depends on your budget and what you're looking for.
You can go to the higher end of the spectrum and purchase a Madcatz tournament stick (like I do):



However, if you're just trying to get something to get rolling/started into playing fighting games with a stick, here are a few suggestions of my own:

Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick Alpha:
https://www.amazon.com/Street-Fighter-Arcade-FightStick-PlayStation4-PlayStation3/dp/B018HXA6H8/

I have one of these as a "backup" stick (or when a friend comes over and forgets theirs). It's a little small for someone who's used to the larger fight/arcade sticks but keeps the fundamentals down. Please be advised that I only suggest this for casual play or if you have someone really good at modding arcade sticks. The buttons aren't of the best quality (loud and sometimes not as responsive as Madcatz's larger fight sticks), but the stick isn't too bad

HORI Fighting Stick Mini 4:
https://www.amazon.com/HORI-Fighting-Stick-Mini-PlayStation/dp/B014KXMEW4/

This is the same stick that retrometroid had suggested. It's cheaper than the Street Fighter V FightStick and it's also a fairly decent entry-level fight/arcade stick. HORI has pretty decent build quality, but keep in mind that it's really small (it's only ever-so-slightly larger than the PS4 controller itself). This is a great suggestion for your first fightstick/arcade stick.

Older MadCatz Sticks + Brook Converter:

Let's say you want a tournament-grade stick like the one I showed a picture of but don't want to spend the $200-300 for it. You can easily pick up an older version of it or higher grade HORI sticks and purchase a converter. They run about $30-50 and you can buy them at http://www.brookaccessory.com. I know quite a few guys who still use their older PS3 sticks because they've not had the money to splurge out on the newer models and these work fairly well.


amaj12 
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Thank you everyone for all the suggestions! Seems like I should get the Hori stick since its my first one.
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Posted 13 days ago

amaj12 wrote:

Thank you everyone for all the suggestions! Seems like I should get the Hori stick since its my first one.


Sound choice!
If you ever have any questions, feel free to come back to this thread. I'm not "pro" at fighting games, but fairly decent.
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Posted 13 days ago
Another option would be to look into fight pads.

I am curious what made you think you needed a fight stick in the first place though?
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You don't really need a stick to play the games, I played competitvely for a while and I know a lot of high-level guys that play on standard PS4 and xbox controllers lol But if you want a good cheap ctick, good luck. You could however, buy a cheap stick and swap out the buttons and stick for Sanwa or Seimitsu parts. Stay away from Hori parts, they get stuck and are unreliable, I've had tons of arcade sticks.
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StriderShinryu wrote:

Another option would be to look into fight pads.

I am curious what made you think you needed a fight stick in the first place though?


The well made fight sticks like hori and mad catz can take a ton of abuse, and they can be repaired with interchangeable parts(some modification neccessary).
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ranran-001 wrote:


StriderShinryu wrote:

Another option would be to look into fight pads.

I am curious what made you think you needed a fight stick in the first place though?


The well made fight sticks like hori and mad catz can take a ton of abuse, and they can be repaired with interchangeable parts(some modification neccessary).


That is absolutely true, but it's also something more in line for experienced players who are going to be putting the time and effort to take advantage of those features. My concern was simply that the OP was possibly thinking a stick was somehow necessary to play fighting games at a higher than beginner level, or that playing on a fight stick would somehow instantly make them better. Those are fairly common opinions among newcomers to the fighting game genre yet both are false. Sure some inputs may be easier with a typical stick button layout but there are many top level players (some of the best in the world, really) who play on the standard pads that come boxed in with a console and regardless of what controller type you use, getting good at a fighting game is going to take a lot of time and work.

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