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MAstaKFC
04-19-2004, 03:31 AM
As the topic states, I'm only a uni student at the moment, with a decidely poor source of income (read: Handouts from parents). The only joystick I can afford is the standard Thrustmaster USB joystick from the local games store. I wanted to know if any of you guys had any experience with this joystick and any opinions. I'm just going to use it for some casual offline flight simming, but still, I wouldn't want something that falls apart easily (I've read horror stories about the Logitech series on this forum).

I know some of you guys will recommend HOTAS and other (for me) seemingly exotic setups, but is the standard Thrustmaster USB joystick reliable for casual gaming? Thanks guys!

MAstaKFC
04-19-2004, 03:31 AM
As the topic states, I'm only a uni student at the moment, with a decidely poor source of income (read: Handouts from parents). The only joystick I can afford is the standard Thrustmaster USB joystick from the local games store. I wanted to know if any of you guys had any experience with this joystick and any opinions. I'm just going to use it for some casual offline flight simming, but still, I wouldn't want something that falls apart easily (I've read horror stories about the Logitech series on this forum).

I know some of you guys will recommend HOTAS and other (for me) seemingly exotic setups, but is the standard Thrustmaster USB joystick reliable for casual gaming? Thanks guys!

Thud-Vols
04-19-2004, 05:56 AM
Does it have twisty rudders? If so, it's perfect. I've gone through and broke quite a few Sticks. The latest was Saitek X45. As each breaks, my trusty backup TM Fox2 Pro has come through for me.

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NorrisMcWhirter
04-19-2004, 05:57 AM
Hi

No rudder (twist) on that stick as far as I can see. Depends how serious you are - you can get a stick for about 20 quid from dabs with rudder.

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Zen--
04-19-2004, 07:03 AM
I got great use out of the TM Foxpro2 TopGun Afterburner stick, 30 dollars US, though they don't seem to sell that as an individual stick anymore.

Other than the Cougar Hotas, the Foxpro2 is the only TM stick I've used and frankly I loved it. It was worth a lot more than what I paid for it and for low end sticks, I really recommend it. I'm not sure if the stick you are talking about it similar, but for what it's worth I think you'll probably be alright with it.

The Saitex Evo is a good stick too, much better than the Foxpro2 I had and they cost about the same...you might look around and see if you can pick one of those up, I think it might last you better in the long run.

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MAstaKFC
04-19-2004, 08:24 AM
Hmm, It's got throttle, but I don't think it has rudder. It sells for abt $35AUD. Thrustmaster in general is reliable, isn't it?

carguy_
04-19-2004, 09:50 AM
Thrustmaster is a very good joystick firm.I`ve beeb having the USB Fox 2 Pro for a year now and it`s in the same shape.It has the twist handle and you can set the stick sensitivity.Perfect for relistic gunnery like in FB imo.The standard TM stick is bad imo.Save up some more and get Fox 2 Pro.

I`m in the same situation as you although I already have the $ for TM Afterburner II.I can`t buy it cuz..it`s not being sold in my country.

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Tully__
04-19-2004, 10:14 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MAstaKFC:
Hmm, It's got throttle, but I don't think it has rudder. It sells for abt $35AUD. Thrustmaster in general is reliable, isn't it?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

AUD$??? Where are you? Anywhere with a Uni in Oz should have more choice than that!!!

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MAstaKFC
04-19-2004, 11:25 AM
Tully, there are more choices, but limited by my budget. Actually most of the shops sell the logitech series but I don't want to get them.

Carguy, why is the standard stick bad? Because it has no rudder controls? Or actual manafuacturing/durability defects?

Tully__
04-19-2004, 11:28 AM
There're places around Melbourne that stock Saitek gear, and you might still find some MS sticks at clearance prices since they're no longer made. If there's any chance at all that you can hold out for a stick that has rudder, do so.

Meanwhile, if you're in Melbourne I'll loan you a basic MS Sidewinder I happen to have lying around.

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Fox_4
04-19-2004, 01:03 PM
Can't you order anything better online? For example, I got a Saitek Cyborg 3D Gold USB for 19.99 (delivered) from gameplay.co.uk, that's an excellent stick in my opinion. Sadly this is in the UK so it's not too helpful to you except as an example.

paraglide13
04-19-2004, 03:31 PM
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gifHi ,
As some guys previously mentioned better solution is to spare some more bucks and buy TM FOX 2 PRO because it will suit You well not just for first moment , it have twist rudder with adjustable force and that is why it is better than Logitec Wingman extreme 3D pro because Logitech's twist rudder is too sensitive ( stick movements are a bit heavier - and feel good but rudder spoils that feeling and destroys precise flying because it gives too much unvanted movements ) . I have TM USB stick as spare one , and my first experience with it was that it is to light and unstable so I took down bottom and put some lead in to make it heavier and more stable - now it is better - not tumbling on desk. In game it is pretty good and precise for such cheap stick; handle design is the same as of Fox 2 Pro , but with just few main buttons and small throttle handle. I made some good shooting with that stick last month.How long it could last I don't know because I have it for just two months.

Hope You will spare money to buy TM Fox 2Pro
( In my country it costs exactly twice more than TM USB stick ),

Regards Paraglide aka Doctor

carguy_
04-19-2004, 03:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MAstaKFC:
Tully, there are more choices, but limited by my budget. Actually most of the shops sell the logitech series but I don't want to get them.

Carguy, why is the standard stick bad? Because it has no rudder controls? Or actual manafuacturing/durability defects?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes,no rudder controls is really bad.Rudder is mandatory.
It has also smaller base and can be unstable.The only thing meant to move in a joystick is the handly,you know.
For a bit more $ you get plenty more comfort and overall reliability.

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Steaky_361st
04-19-2004, 06:37 PM
When I started I had just the original simple MS sidewinder with no twist and a few buttons. I loved that little thing and was actually pretty good with it if you can believe it http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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