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    Hey all.

    Just a word of advice to anyone who's into games and has just bought a copy of Street Fighter 4, as it was released a few days ago. What ever you do, I'd strongly recommend against purchasing a Mad Katz FightPad.

    I'm not really into brand bashing, I have my favorites and will enthuse about them, but I'm willing to give any manufacturer a fair roll of the dice.

    I bought my first FightPad about 14 days ago, ready for when my SF4 pre-order arrived. While playing a bit of Super SF II HD Remix on PS3, the pad decided to stop working, with the 4 LED's around the "Home" button constantly flashing. The manual indicates that this is a low battery warning, however I'd only been playing just over 1 hour, and was using Energiser Lithium batteries, so no way were they dead. I changed them regardless, tryinh a new set of Lithium, some alkaline Duracells and some Ni-MH rechargables, with the same result.

    Now all credit goes to the place I bought it from. Their returns policy is outstanding, it really is. They picked up the pad by courier, and after testing, sent me a new one, coincidentally the same day that my copy of SF4 arrived. Sweet! Now I can brush up on my skills and play some online matches after I unlock Dan (love his pink dressing gown ). All went well for a while because as you may know, being a HID device, the pad is detected in a PC and works perfectly without external drivers. However this time after just 3 hours of play, the exact same problem occured. Damn it!

    I'm unsure of the quality of the wired X-Box 360 version, but the R/F PS3 one is utter junk. I'm leaning toward it being a problem with either the internals of the pad or the wireless dongle not being able to connect with one another. The light if all goes well flashes for 2 seconds while I assume the two parts say "Hi" to each other.

    After doing my research (should have done some before I saw "Official Pad!" in the marketing bumf) I'm going to get me a second hand genuine Sega Saturn pad and a PC converter. I know from experience that the D-pads on these are awesome and they're built like tanks. Sega obviously wanted them to last, unlike Mad Tw atz.

    So thereyou go. Just a heads up to anyone thinking of getting a FightPad. I'm not saying don't do it, but be ware you could have problems. My advice is try the 360 wired version (requires seperate drivers, free to download as it's not HID) if you want it just for the PC SF4, otherwise a genuine Saturn pad or the USB version is strongly recommended.
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    As far as the Xbox 360 controller for PC goes, I have a Xbox 360 and the Controllers are great. Probably the best, feel and quality of any controllers ive used. Now as for pluggin it into the PC, Someone correct me if im wrong but cant you just get an Offical Microsoft Adapter that plugs into your Genuine Xbox 360 Controller and other end into the PC. So Im sure you can use a Proper Xbox controller eg cordless one and plug in the "Special" cable!!
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    Yes an original wireless Xbox 360 controller will plug right in with no adapter needed I believe. Drivers are required however, but free to download.

    Many people will be buying Fightpads because although the XBox controller is of good quality, the traditional D-pad (not the analog sticks) is aweful. It's used by developers now as extra buttons rather than a directional pad. The action is stiff and blister inducing, and when performing the actions required in SFIV, the black pad itself hits the plastic surround, making special moves very hit and miss.

    With a 360 controller I can get out maybe 6/10 fireballs with Ryu on each side, but with a good D-pad, it's 10/10 and I'm 99% sure of getting Ultra's out when needed. The standard controller is great, but useless for a fighting game on a 2D plane.

    If you have an Xbox or PS3 then I don't think there's much choice other than to get the appropriate Fightpad, unfortunately. Sadly, in at least the case of the PS3 version, I wouldn't expect it to last too long.
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