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Old 03-13-2000, 12:49 AM   #1
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I have a CH Flightstick pro, which worked really well in "x-wing" and "tie fighter" but seems to have some severe limitations for "x-wing alliance". Looks like a have to buy a new one. Shame, because I really liked the flightstick pro. Oh well. Question: What is the best joystick (combination of feel + capability) to use with x-wing alliance?

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Old 03-13-2000, 02:29 AM   #2
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I know of serval ppl who ahve been very happy with the Logitech Wingman Extreme. It has a hat switch, four buttons on the top of the stick, 2 buttons on the base, a throttle control, and it twists.

It has a great program for ..progreamming it, and the Twist takes a litte getting used to..but it allows you to rotate the craft very easily

i bought mine for under 40 american dollars..and NOTHING has gone wrong with it. The ppl i know that use it..like it,and would rather have that one than any other out there
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Old 03-13-2000, 02:12 PM   #3
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hey cbrandt what is wrong with your joystick. I have the same one and besides the fact that it is old and about to break it works fine. I Just wish there where more bottons.

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Old 03-13-2000, 04:54 PM   #4
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Sounds like your present j-stick should work fine. Unless you specifically want throttle control, or twist capability, you shouldn't need one. I use the Microsoft Sidewinder 3d. Works great.

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Old 03-13-2000, 08:33 PM   #5
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You want the best? Simple enough: the Panther DX from Mad Catz. Imagine a Flightstick Pro with several more buttons and USB functionality. Need I say more?
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Old 03-13-2000, 10:03 PM   #6
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Hell, I'm using a regular Flightstick, 6 year old thingie-majigger (probably older).. throttle, 2 buttons, and trimmers. That's it. I'd use my Gravis Firebird, but it won't work with the USB on my new comp This old stick seems to tide me over just fine though.. but I'd give anything for a Force Feedback stick.

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Old 03-14-2000, 05:29 AM   #7
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Check Saitek's X36 Throttle and Stick. Then new version is digital with USB connector. I think that the numerous programmable buttons and the built in rudder will make it up for the lack of force feedback.

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Old 03-14-2000, 02:33 PM   #8
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FYI, the Logitech Wingman can use both USB and game port. and has it's own prog for setting the buttons...they are game specific, so that all the keys are fuction labeled. Kewl huh?
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Old 03-22-2000, 07:12 AM   #9
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Logitech wingman extreme, thats a joystick it has two buttons on the base a trotle and two buttons elswhere.
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Old 03-26-2000, 02:31 PM   #10
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With the risk of recommending a Microsoft product, I like the SideWinder Precision Pro, it's got digital sensors so you don't have to calibrate it, 4 buttons and 8-way hat on the stick, 4 other buttons, throttle and a great rudder (twist) which once you've used you can't live without it.

Also it has a shift button so that you effectively have twice as many buttons, it actually makes it possible to play XWA without the keyboard.

Doesn't work in DOS though, so no good for Tie Fighter but as it does support USB you can connect both your current joystick and this at the same time.
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Old 03-26-2000, 03:14 PM   #11
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Microsoft Sidewinder force feedback stick beats all, 'nuff said

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Old 03-29-2000, 03:29 PM   #12
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I agree the Sidewinder Force Feedback is great, it's the best way to 'feel the force', ho ho.
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Old 09-12-2000, 11:37 PM   #13
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I have a CH Flightstick Pro also, and it works fine - when it's hooked up to my CH Throttle and Rudders. If you have to spend the cash anyways, take a look on eBay and see if you can get a throttle and rudders for your current stick. You may be able to get the throttle and rudders for the price of a new stick. The game is so much better with the throttle (and especially the rudders) that the money would be well spent, even if it was a little more.

FYI, I got my entire package (Flightstick Pro, CH Throttle, and CH Pro Rudders) for $115 on eBay - a pretty good deal for nearly $300 worth of equipment that works perfectly with the game.
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Old 09-13-2000, 12:07 AM   #14
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Wow, old thread. Guilo even has a post in it!

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Old 09-13-2000, 12:16 AM   #15
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I use the Microsoft Sidewinder 3d pro. Works perfectly for me in XWA.

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Old 09-13-2000, 05:50 AM   #16
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Microsoft's Force Feedback Pro.....great joystick!!!
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Old 09-14-2000, 01:48 PM   #17
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Got me Microsoft Sidewinder Pro...wish I'd gotten the force feedback, but couldn't afford it at the time, oh well! I recommend this joystick primarily for 2 reason, one being that it's got a comfortable grip, and two in that you can move around not only horziontally and vertically, but also on the z-axis (twist), this adds a lot to the game and HELPS A GREAT DEAL.
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Old 09-19-2000, 12:03 PM   #18
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I have a 8 axis 4 button stick FULLSTOP !
I the end, the only upgrade worthwhile is force feedback FULLSTOP !
Everything else is another annotnace as far as I concerned, distracting me from the battle. All I need is a fire button, and engine control - and I off !
Hat switchs - I SOOO detest them ! They get in the way !
Twist-handles - So what - it actually makes the stick weaker, and more likely to break, and you can start to just.... drift all of a sudden, becuase you forget its there, and you relax your arm...
Throttle controls - I play Right-hand = Joystick, Left-hand = Keyboard. The throttle would mean my left hand getting in the way of my right forearm, which I DONT need.
In the end - its your skill, NOT what your sticks like, cause some 80 Forcefeed back Sidewinder with all the trimmings aint gonna do you no good against me and my A-Wing !

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Old 09-19-2000, 11:02 PM   #19
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is that a challange?
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Old 09-20-2000, 09:45 AM   #20
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I have NEVER played against a hman EVER - so NO !
Im still havent reclaimed my Ace 4th from pre-computer crash, and Id like to keep it once I have it !
But ill bear this in mind....

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Old 09-20-2000, 07:24 PM   #21
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Personally, I never knew happiness until I got on ebay and bought a set of well-worn Thrustmaster HOTAS controllers. I'm so old and slow that looking down at a keyboard costs me my last few precious living seconds. With my TM, though, I can identify buttons by touch and proceed to mangle AI-driven TIEs like clubbing so many baby seals.
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:52 PM   #22
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so this is the biggest necro in the history of the universe, but I am about to buy a microsoft FF 2, seems it is still the best. I had a saitek evo force but it is trash, no control.

any other suggestions?
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