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Old 16th Apr 2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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Best PC Joystick

I just ran across my old UT game disc and am re-acquainting myself with this great game.
I'm running Win7 and wonder what the best choice of a joystick would be today.
Any suggestions?
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Old 16th Apr 2012, 11:51 PM   #2
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That's a weird question. Mouse+keyboard combo is considered to be the best when it comes to fps genre. Are you really sure you want to handicap yourself by using joystick?
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Old 17th Apr 2012, 08:23 AM   #3
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Wait... you want to play UT with this?!
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Old 17th Apr 2012, 09:20 AM   #4
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I understand your point Glider. I'm not great at typing though, and with only one hand to type (the other is on the mouse), I find it limiting. Also, I have to keep looking down at the keyboard. So I'm thinking I can do more with a joystick than I can a mouse and still use the keyboard with my left hand.
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Old 17th Apr 2012, 03:42 PM   #5
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It takes practice, but you will soon find out the true potential of using WASD+Mice if you give yourself the chance. We all started somewhere.
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Old 18th Apr 2012, 12:27 AM   #6
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Typing and playing are two totally different things. The fact that you're not good at typing doesn't mean you can't play with your hand on WASD. Once you practice a bit it will feel really natural. And I don't think anyone uses only one hand only when typing in ingame chat. People just let mouse go for a brief moment while they type
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Not to get into the debate of which one is the best for gaming; however I used to play with someone who used a joystick to play UT as well and his aim was extremely well.

We played "Giant Maps" (bathrooms, living room, kitchen, etc..) under Low Gravity @ 155% speed and 55% air control.

He had no problem being the top 3 almost every game.
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To make a point, WSAD+Mouse is good, but the best control scheme is an analogue stick and a mouse (except for dodging, but that's a UT specific as it requires a double-tap), since it gives you much greater flexibility in control.
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Old 19th Apr 2012, 04:00 PM   #9
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I'm not great at typing though, and with only one hand to type (the other is on the mouse), I find it limiting. Also, I have to keep looking down at the keyboard. So I'm thinking I can do more with a joystick than I can a mouse and still use the keyboard with my left hand.
So if I'm understanding this right, your main complaint with a mouse and keyboard setup is the keyboard? Try the Logitech g13 or the Belkin Nostromo n50/n52
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I just ran across my old UT game disc and am re-acquainting myself with this great game.
I'm running Win7 and wonder what the best choice of a joystick would be today.
Any suggestions?
As far UT goes, it's mouse and keyboard. If you fancy playing it with something else, gamepad will be the 2nd option, but mind you UT will work only with DirectInput gamepads, and they are not among the best ones. If you want a joystick, the best one would be Saitek X-52, however I'd say this one is good only for flying games.
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Old 19th Apr 2012, 10:35 PM   #11
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I actually did better in the past when I had a joystick in place of the mouse and still used the left hand on the keyboard. It made a lot more commands instantly available with the joystick buttons. You didn't have to look down or take your hand off the mouse. (So thanks to you guys that tried to answer my question, and not tell me I should play their way).
That Logitech g13 and the Belkin Nostromo n50/n52 look pretty cool. Do you use that like a keyboard in with the left hand and still use the mouse in the right?
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Old 20th Apr 2012, 12:49 AM   #12
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If you are set on a controller instead of a mouse, an XBox 360 is the best controller for PC gaming. Just plug it in and Windows 7 should recognize it and download the drivers for it. Works as good on the PC as it does on the XBawx.
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That Logitech g13 and the Belkin Nostromo n50/n52 look pretty cool. Do you use that like a keyboard in with the left hand and still use the mouse in the right?
Yes. I've used the Nostromo n52 for a while now and I'll never go back to a keyboard.
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