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Old 26th Jul 2000, 07:23 PM   #1
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Ok, just coming to UT from other games, and didn't take me long to figure out that a keyboarder gets slaughtered in this game....quick...

Problem is I've played other games for years with number pad navigation, and for the life of me can't get used to aiming with a mouse. It's just awkward.

My question is has anyone used a game pad with UT with any success? Back in college we used to tear each other up on N64's in Goldeneye with the N64 style controllers. If there was such a beast that'd work with Unreal, it'd solve all my problems.

Possible? Recommendations? Damn fool idea?

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Old 26th Jul 2000, 07:42 PM   #2
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Try and get used to the mouse/keyboard combo IMHO.

Alternatively, you can go for the PantherXL (jostick/trackball combo)
or the Gravis Xterminator (dual joystick/gamepad)
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Old 26th Jul 2000, 07:45 PM   #3
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Quote:
PantherXL (jostick/trackball combo)
LOL, I meant joystick/trackball combo
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Old 26th Jul 2000, 11:24 PM   #4
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Hmmm, from looking at that Gravis pad it seems like a 64 gamepad design. I think we have a winner. Thanks for the info.

Now, to get one and exploit my to-this-point-hindered skills on some poor bastard's grill...

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Old 26th Jul 2000, 11:44 PM   #5
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Cool

I'd take inflictor's advice...believe me I hated the switch to the mouse keyboard combo but once you get used to it there's no going back.
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Old 27th Jul 2000, 01:58 AM   #6
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Mouse Mouse Mouse!

Mouse 0wnz y00!

Some ppl have become top with a joystick, but I know not a single good player, who uses gamepads.
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Old 27th Jul 2000, 02:02 AM   #7
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Is a trackball like Kensington TurboMouse or Kensington TurboBall any good for UT? I like PantherXL fromt he looks of it but the ball is on the left side and I'm used to mouselooking with my right so I dont know how thatll work out...

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Old 27th Jul 2000, 03:02 PM   #8
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Well, that's what's great about that 30 day return policy. I may try both a high end joystick and that digital game pad, and see how they work. I'll post back with my results if anyone else is interested.

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Old 27th Jul 2000, 03:56 PM   #9
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Hey Xayd. In the end, you gotta make the decision that's most comfortable for you, but just bear this in mind:

99.9% of the top FPS players use a kb/mouse and likely do so because it works the best (for them)



(I blindly guessed that percentage, but I'd say it's pretty close)

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Old 27th Jul 2000, 05:25 PM   #10
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Yeah, the Xterminator is very versitile. It has loads of buttons for the most dextrous of players.

Having said that, you can't use the joystick and pad at the same time though and I can't ever imagine playing UT in the same manner as Goldeneye for example....there's too many psychos out there. I only use mine for Starlancer and FIFA 2000.

On the subject of joysticks: some of the best players here use PantherXLs...
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Old 27th Jul 2000, 11:28 PM   #11
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Yeah, I thought of that. Goldeneye worked with that type of pad because no everyone was limited to the same strategy. Couldn't run and aim with crosshair at the same time, not easily anyways, because of game pad limitations. I guess I'll just have to head down to Best Buy and start opening boxes and playin with sticks until they throw me out of the store .

Anyways, thanks for all the replies.

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Old 28th Jul 2000, 06:14 AM   #12
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The keyboard/mouse combo also rules because you have all those keys immediately available for you to use. I've never used a pab/stick, but I think it would hinder me to let go of the input device to strike a key. Unless you're a DM man/woman, and you don't need as many team key binds...

/me thinks I only have 3 keys left to bind...
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Old 28th Jul 2000, 06:49 AM   #13
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I know how you feel.

Back in the Quake2 days, I always used a toggle button for Free Look. I was so used to using the mouse for movement. The problem I had was that it took me too long to aim. I was always getting owned online. (A lot of times
I still am) I forced myself to use Free Look all the time. Once you get used to it, it's great.

I am a big advocate of the KB/Mouse combo. As said earlier, you really need access to a lot of keys. In addition to your movement and weapons. You also have voice commands and acknowledgements. (For team games) Text bindings, and maybe a few alias' setup.

Right now I use over 20 keys on the KB, in addition to 3 buttons on the mouse. I need to setup about 10 more.

In the end you have to figure out what works for you. If you can have success with a joystick or gamepad, more power to ya. Good Luck!
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