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Speaking of the shoulder buttons, the L1 and R1 buttons are much more "clicky" than that on a PS3 controller. The same can be said about the 4 main buttons, ABXY, as opposed to Sony's X, O, Square, Triangle, but it feels more solid than it is noticeably "clicky" like the L1 and R1 buttons are. I'm not sure if anyone would be bothered by that, really, but it IS something I noticed when comparing with the PS3 controller. The D-Pad however, feels a bit wobbly, and may not take much to go from a direction to a diagonal direction. So far, I've been generally avoiding using the D-Pad in favor of the joystick however, so I don't really have any bad experiences to share regarding the D-Pad. As for the Joystick on the other hand, also feels solid, and pretty good. The first time using it though, you may want to rotate them once to let the game/computer understand the range of the joystick, as many times when starting the game, I'd hit one direction, let go, and my character would move in a certain direction until I hit that direction as well on the joystick. Is that a calibration issue? After rotating it once though from start of usage, everything responds properly. Switching controls between the D-pad and joystick is instantaneous and easy as the gamepad has a Mode button that swaps the controls for the D-pad and left joystick with each other, so if you prefer one over the other for movement, it's just a button away.
Moving on to the software side of using this gamepad on your computer, this comes with a small CD, labeled Logitech Gaming Software V5.10, which is used to install the software for key mapping your gamepad in its Direct Input mode. This is what I used to map out the buttons for when I'm playing Recettear, and I spent a couple of minutes trying it out and testing the newly set controls, and it works fairly well. One issue I had with this though is the D-pad. I mapped out the 4 directions on the D-pad with the arrow keys used for movement, which worked out great. But when I hit a diagonal direction on the D-pad, my character just stopped as I had not set the buttons for the diagonal inputs. So I tried inputting the diagonal inputs, but... couldn't quite figure out how to key map the two button combination fluidly. What I ended up with was Recette moving erratically taking a slight step left, then a slight step up, stop, left, up, stop, etc. instead of moving diagonally like she's supposed to. I'm sure I just didn't input the motion properly, but I couldn't seem to figure out how to do it properly in the time that I gave myself for key mapping it, and decided to just use the joystick instead, which only required me to key map the 4 directions on each spectrum of the joystick's X and Y axis.
Instead, here are the games that I HAVE tried the gamepad for.
- Beat Hazard - Being that this game can be played 2 player on one computer if you have one person on the keyboard and mouse, while another player playing on a X Box controller, I wanted to check it out so that I can play this fun game with 2 players. I forget whether if I played this on XInput Mode with this gamepad, but Beat Hazard definitely recognized the controller and plays like how it should. ... I think I'll stick with the keyboard and mouse though when I'm playing 2 player though. >_>'
- Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale - Direct Input Mode, made my own key map for this. Simple enough, and plays well with the gamepad IMO, although not necessarily a necessity.
- Rusty Hearts - So yeah, add another game to the backlog list. Checked it out since I was invited by a friend to play with them. And this game already has its own pre-set controls in XInput Mode, which is nice. I would have been overwhelmed on how to key map this game myself. >_>; As good as the game is on the keyboard and mouse, I definitely do prefer the gamepad for this game. Certain actions, I just didn't bother with on the Keyboard, while I feel more natural doing on the gamepad, like grabs, jumping, and any special skills beyond ASDF keys, (G, H for skills, haven't gotten buffs yet, etc.)
- Rumble Fighter - MAIN reason why I wanted a gamepad. I hope I won't be too rusty or fallen behind in standards with the power creep that was definitely there with higher stat outfits and upgrade gems and what not.
- Audio Surf - Not necessarily a hard game to key map, I would think, and might feel more natural to do than on keyboard OR mouse IMO.
- Chantelise - I did it with Recettear. Why not Chantelise? Haven't started it yet though, so I have no clue on how the controls are like on it yet.
- Duke Nukem Forever - Eh, I figured if it's also on consoles, then I may as well try the console controls too, along with Left 4 Dead and Mass Effect.
- Just Cause 2 - Ditto. Just gotta look up what the controls are on the console versions so I can key map them.
- Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 - Ditto.
- Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 - Ditto again.
- Spiral Knights - Ehhhh... ? It feels like it's a simple enough game that I could try it out, but I'm concerned about the accuracy I'd have in the directions I'd be facing when attacking. We'll see though.
Edit 7/31/2014: It's been forever since I've done ANYTHING on the blog as you can see from the dates, but this NEEDED to be said.
After some 2 years of use (by both me and my little brother), the RT button (and sometimes the LT button) started having false fires in its neutral state. Depending on some very slight positioning of the Trigger buttons, it will think that they are being pressed down all the way in its neutral state. Pushing them in slightly will make it believe that it is in neutral state, but holding the buttons without pushing them in all the way constantly while using it isn't exactly the most comfortable way to be gaming. And upon research, this seems to be a common problem among Logitech's gamepads. Before this issue, the controller worked very well, but the problems with the Trigger buttons made this controller hardly usable now. I may consider modifying the controller itself so that it works, but that's just additional work to get a product that should be working fine to do what it's supposed to.
Instead, I found a way to use a PS3 controller to work on PCs with pretty great results. Better DS3 will take inputs from any USB controllers and give you many options for button mapping. People may have heard of Joy to Key (for PS2 controllers), and MotioninJoy, but IMO Better DS3 does the best job at what it was made to do. If you have a PS3 controller and want to use it for your PC games as well, I would highly recommend using Better DS3 than buying a Logitech controller. If you absolutely need a separate controller for your PC, then a XBox 360 controller is still pretty good. Just plug it in and start playing without any mapping configurations needed.