#3: Control Freaks
By: Nick Arvites
of the major credible cries from Xbox critics has been the size and
button placement of the original controller. Microsoft, in an
attempt to fix this problem, introduced the S-Controller with the
Japanese launch and subsequently brought it to the United States
this spring. At first glance, it looks like it would be a much
better controller. People started calling for this controller to be
the standard issue and to throw the original in the trash can.
wait! Iím here to tell you why the S-controller is not all its
cracked up to be and why people should reconsider ditching their
originals. Read on.
original controller went through countless comfort tests to get the
correct positioning for trigger button and analog placements. This
shows in every way with the exception of the angle of the A, B, X
and Y buttons and the placement of the black and white buttons. The
S-controller seems to have just shrunk the Xbox controller to make
it an equivalent of the PS2 controller. However, the placement of
the analog sticks are closer (making it uncomfortable to play dual
analog games), the triggers are at a horrible angle so its difficult
to play trigger dependent games and the D-pad is in a horrible
position rendering it almost useless.
if youíre only using the action buttons and one analog stick, the
S-controller is a good controller. However, many Xbox games require
dual analog use and moderate to heavy trigger use. In reality, the
S-controller is a spot starter, not a replacement as originally
Hands down, use the original. The S-controller is simply not
designed for heavy trigger use and dual analog. Halo thus is better
with the original.
or Alive 3: This is a toss up. I prefer the S-controllerís
button placement with this game. Iím sure most people will also
appreciate the S-controller due to the familiar button placements.
Initially, one would instantly say S-controller. However, after 10
minutes, I found myself unplugging the S-controller in favor of the
original because of Ampedís dual analog control scheme.
Hawk Pro Skater 2X and 3:
The S-controller is superior if you can use the analog control. If
youíre a slave to the D-pad, youíre out of luck since the
S-controller D-pad is placed in an awkward position.
football, basketball, hockey and baseball title: S-controller hands
down. A good 90% of sports games out there will almost require this
controller to be comfortably playable.
the Reckoning: Original controller. Heavy trigger use will
pretty much rule out any chance of the S-controller. Add in dual
analog features and youíre better off using the original.
Scrolls III: Morrowind: This game cries out for the original
controller. Since playing this game will likely take up hours at a
time and it uses a dual analog setup, using the S-controller can
actually be painful at worst and awkward at best.
that is no complete list of game out there, it does prove my point.
The S-controller is only good for sports and fighting games. If you
own sports games, you should have at least one S-controller.
However, the original still holds the title of best Xbox controller.
It is simply easier to use with more games. Anyone that says
otherwise has never actually used both controllers.
the end, the decision on which controller to use is up to the
consumer. It would be wise to look at what games you own before
buying the S-controller, since it's far from the perfect solution.
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